It’s Friday again (well, actually Thursday when I’m writing this, but for you readers it’s Friday). We are into the T section of the poetry dictionary and the entry I’ve selected is the tanka. It was hard to choose because I also love the terza rima, but I decided we’ll do a second round in the T section next and do the terza rima then. For now, the definition of tanka, for those who aren’t familiar with this fun little form, is:
TANKA (tahn’-ka; also called waka and uta) Japanese verse form consisting of five lines with a syllable count of 5-7-5-7-7 (or thirty-one syllables in all).
Numerically, a tanka is like a haiku with two seven-syllable lines added on. As might be imagined, the form is less concentrated than haiku, more casual and conversational, less mysterious, less spiritual. Imagery is important, but there is ample room for statement and declaration, too.
Influenced by Chinese poetryy a few centuries old, tanka succeeded the “long poem” (or choka), which alternated lines of five and seven syllables. The new form gained popularity in the seventh and eighth centuries.the poetry dictionary, p. 314-315
Your challenge is to write a casual tanka using at least two of the seven paint chip words and phrases. I’m in the mood for silly, so bonus points if you write something that makes me laugh.
The paint chip words and phrases you have to choose from are ivory, tip of the tongue, dappled sunlight, spinach, new leaf, gargoyle, and dumpling.
You also get bonus points if you can fit four of these words and phrases in a single tanka and have it still make sense.
A creamy dumpling on the tip of the tongue tastes delightful and free Savory treat with gravy like warmth of dappled sunlight
Okay, most of you know the drill, but for any newbies I’ll remind you. Share your tanka in the comments if you like. Or you can post it on your own blog or website and post a link in the comments. Please link back here so your readers can come join the fun.