Thursday, September 27, 2007

Poetry Thursday - Tanka

According to, tanka is "a classic form of Japanese poetry related to the haiku with five unrhymed lines of five, seven, five, seven, and seven syllables. (5, 7, 5, 7, 7)" Here is a nice description of "American Tanka." Though I do not see it mentioned in these two websites, one of the things that originally led me to choose this form of poetry for my youngest child, was the mention of the "unexpected." He often does what I least expect!

With those explanations of Tanka in mind, I wrote the following this morning (though I have not included the "unexpected" element as well as I perhaps should have):

The road through autumn
is freckled with falling leaves
scattered by the wind.
One morning, frost gilds the earth
in silver bits of winter.

~ Aisling, September 27, 2007

photo by Aisling, 9/25/07, the garden path


Mrs. Pivec said...

So beautiful - the poem and the photo. Is that YOUR garden path? I am jealous! :)

Aisling said...

Mrs. Pivec, Thank you! And, yes, that is the trail through my butterfly garden. It has been a little neglected this summer, but look how nature carries on without me! :)

Nan - said...

Lovely garden path. I'm assuming it is yours?

And I love "note on my door"

Nan - said...

Oops, me again. I should have looked over and read the comments before I asked my question. :<)

Aisling said...

Nan, Thanks for your nice comment!

I wish I could figure out how to change the wording on my blog posts from "comments" to "notes on my door" also. I need a day with nothing on the agenda but "playing with my blog." *grin*