Tuesday, April 4, 2017

What is a Tanka?

April is set aside as National Poetry Month to celebrate poets and poetry. The Academy of American Poets and other  poetry organizations schedule events this month. 

For more information visit: National Poetry Month.

My second favorite poetry style is a Tanka (plural Tanka).

tan·ka /ˈtäNGkə/(noun)
  1. a Japanese poem consisting of five lines, the first and third of which have five syllables and the other seven, making 31 syllables in all and giving a complete picture of an event or mood. 5/7/5/7/7=31

Nature Tanka
 By Maritza M. Mejia@2015

~Summer Breeze~

Tell me gentle wind
Is it at last hot summer?
I can feel warm air
Announcing he is coming
Wet, tan, fun, in the offing

~ Misused Nature~

As the earth spins
Some feel the temperate breeze
Others the cool freeze
Mother Nature screams out
Please be kind is all I ask

~Colorful Sky~

Seasons come and go
Bringing hot, warm, or cold air
Unfolding colors
Yellow, Orange, tan, red, green,
What a beautiful display!

  For this month readings, I present to you my Award Poetry Book:

Happy Poetry Month!

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