Tanka Tuesday

I took a break from limerick writing to write this pair of tanka:

When haiku won’t do,
when thoughts defy compression
and can’t be contained
in seventeen syllables,
give thanks to plus-sized tanka.


Some art inspires
tears, joy, admiration, love.
Some awakens thought.
And some makes one want to ask:
“Whatever were you thinking?”


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7 Responses to “Tanka Tuesday”

  1. twitches says:

    I can always come here for a smile. Very clever, both of these! :)

  2. Amanda Moore says:

    funny! The Tanka is the 24 hour bra of Japanese poetry forms! For those full figure poems!

  3. SandyCarlson says:

    You have me smiling. Some days (most), I think, “To hell with form.” But then other days I wish I could squeeze myself into a pair of shoes and walk properly. Seems to be about where and when and who.

    These are great !

  4. Aahhh! You have made me step into your parlour…again! Is this okay by Tanka standards?

    Just when I had thought
    Life is just the way I like
    Mad Kane’s new Tanka
    Knocks me off my complacence
    And I am caught in her web

  5. madkane says:

    Thanks everyone for you kind words!

    Vijaya, I like your tanka! :)

  6. RJ Clarken says:

    I gotta say this:
    Hall to the plus-sized Tanka…
    just more poem to love.
    That’s what happens when fed a
    steady diet of humor.

    Rock on, Mad Kane! ☼

  7. madkane says:

    Thanks RJ! Fun comment!