Three Tankas

February 25, 2010

As a poet for today’s rally, I want to feature three Tankas. A Tanka is a Japanese type of poem. It consists of five lines. The first and the third lines have five syllables while the rest of the poem has seven. I have already tried Haiku, so I’m giving this a try as well. I hope you guys enjoy. πŸ™‚

The Grave

The rose smells so sweet.
In her hands, so red, so lush.
But the tears that fall
Portray the sadness she feels,
Leaving the rose on his grave.

The Friend

A joyous flower,
Looking so clean and friendly,
Daisies look so cute.
I wish he’d give me daisies;
His friendship, I so cherish.

My Father

He gave me tulips
Because I was his baby.
He painted flowers
So beautiful to see and
Called them “Tulips for Isha”


  1. Well done, very nicely composed, all of them πŸ™‚

    • thanks… it’s my first time to try the Tanka… πŸ™‚

  2. they are awesome.

    • thanks for the comment… πŸ™‚

  3. thanks for explaining the style of writing a tanka.

  4. hey! I love the tankas. Esp the last one, and esp the last line πŸ™‚ Thanks for commenting on my poem!

    • thanks, moondai… πŸ™‚ im so glad that you liked the last poem… it’s also my favorite…

  5. well done..an interesting blend of feelings with these…

    • uh-huh!!! it’s not really just for one person… or it could be for one person, but from the perspective of three different women… πŸ™‚

  6. wonderfully done!
    cheers, πŸ˜‰

    • thank you, jingle.. it is such an honor to receive wonderful comments from you… πŸ™‚

  7. I like them. I haven’t stopped here in a while so I thought I would drop in and say hello to you.


    • welcome back to my site, Tom… im really glad you liked the tankas… πŸ™‚

  8. well I back again and i love your little Tankas but I have bad news as well the site info you sent me ended up being a error…..I’m sending it back to you in hopes maybe you can explain y?


  9. tankas? or “haiku”? anyway, it’s good.

    • a tanka and a haiku are two different poetry types, dear….

  10. doozy and creative! πŸ™‚


    • hello again, dollarman… glad you came by again… *wink*

  11. those are just beautiful Isha..
    Thank you for introducing us to a new type of poetry dear friend πŸ™‚

    • im glad you learned a new style of poetry through my blog, noha…. πŸ™‚

  12. All three of these fit together beautifully! And thank you for explaining what a tanka is! I feel like I appreciated them even more because I knew the form. You write splendidly!

    • you’re more than welcome, lauren… πŸ™‚ i just feel that it’s good to try out other types of poetry sometimes… πŸ™‚

  13. Hi. Nice poetry. Interesting form too, which you utilize well. Thanks

    • thanks, dustus… πŸ™‚ im really appreciate your kind comments… πŸ™‚

  14. Gorgeous flower sentiments! The tulips verse one made me smile.

    And hey, I found you through Jingle and am bestowing the β€œJannie Funster Lucky Lupine Award” upon your poetry blog! You can see it and whisk it home away from this post of mine…




    • aww… thanks much, jannie… i am truly honored… πŸ™‚

  15. miss,,im seeing Li Po in you,,or Matsuo Basho either!!!heheh invasion ko miss xah?

    • kay tuungod japanese poems? hehehe,,,,

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