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Seedling, or: Watering can

The skeptic's kaddish

My first tanka

Sprouting eagerly;
Stretching, absorbing learning,Seedling roots search deep
~Humble grey watering can;
Though I get refilled daily


EIF Poetry Challenge #14: Tanka

The above poem is my entry for Ingrid’s most recent poetry challenge. She provides a very thorough explanation of tanka poems for those who are curious to know more. But ~

In short:

  • The first three lines (following the haiku format) are the ‘upper poem’ (kami-no-ku) and the final two lines are the ‘lower poem’(shimo-no-ku);
  • To write tanka in English, we normally divide the poem into five lines with the following syllable pattern: 5/7/5/7/7.

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