Tanka #2: sometimes you can just hear the grass drinking the rain in…

"Spiderwort Countryside"near Palmyra, WI Photo Credit: Jane. H. Johann, Aug., 2015.

“Spiderwort Countryside”near Palmyra, WI
Photo Credit: Jane. H. Johann, Aug., 2015.

sometimes you can hear

the grass drinking the rain in

quenching its long thirst

after a bitter long drought

again, vibrant with life’s hope






[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.
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17 thoughts on “Tanka #2: sometimes you can just hear the grass drinking the rain in…

  1. seaangel4444 says:

    Absolutely love this!!! Cher xo

    Liked by 1 person

  2. tigger0198 says:

    Nice pix and sentiment


  3. Chess says:

    Beautiful expression of image and mood, well done 😃


  4. Mari Gabrielson says:

    beautiful.  What is the difference with haiku?


    • Thank you for being so faithful in reading my writing, Mari! It means a lot to me!
      A HAIKU in its purest form would focus on an aspect of nature and is shorter in length. A HAIKU is a 17 syllable verse, rather than 31 syllables as in a TANKA. In a haiku the first line has 5 syllables, the second line, 7 syllables, and the third line, 5 syllables. A Japanese poet master, Masaoka Shiki, established the modern haiku somewhere in the 1890’s. Previous to that there was a poetic form called hokku. This is my condensed version. I read about the history of the haiku, which I first learned when I was a sophomore in high school. There is probably a deeper and better explanation online.


  5. Eliza Waters says:

    Well done, Jane! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  6. aikawaringo says:

    What a stunning view and great tanka! I really want to go there +__+


  7. Britt says:

    Love this! And that picture is completely stunning. Found you while randomly browsing. Can’t wait to read some more for you and also want to invite you to follow my blogging journey<3

    Keep on writing great post like this and you will go very far!

    Liked by 1 person

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