Secondly: the word tanka is not pronounced like tonka, but it's closer to that than to anything having to do with thanks or tanks. More like tahn-kah, rather than tawn-kuh.
Just thought I'd get that out of the way, in case any of my friends and relatives are reading this. Otherwise, I'm preaching to the choir, because this is posted for, and might only be read by members of the Imaginary Garden with Real Toads, and for contributors whom my friend Fireblossom calls "toad roadies" (a name I just love, by the way, FB).
"The 31 syllables divided into the units of 5/7/5/7/7 can create a poem, whether or not it is an English tanka," says Kerry, quoting Dr. Hisashi Nakamura’s Thoughts on Tanka at the Imaginary Garden.
So, here are my 31 syllables, suitably divided into a poem, whether or not it is an English tanka. 'Tis a poor thing, but mine own, to misquote The Bard.
Thanks for a challenging challenge, Kerry. My brain has been suffering from lack of use lately, so it needed some exercise.
|Photo by Richard Schear|
some snow fell last night
enough to brighten, whiten
all that I could see.
as of tomorrow, the days
will be longer than today.
Kay Davies, December 21, 2013