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Prompt #112, It’s Post Your Poems Day!

July 4, 2012


Tanka you!

a community poem prompt

We Write Poems:  

So did you use your
fingers, your toes, scribbling up-
on your parchment desk,
make from that a poem to find
the light of day and voice?  Darn!

Just playing!  So how’d you do writing a “tanka poem”?  What images, what background scenes, more purely “natural” or did strong emotions come into play?  Thirty-and-one syllables was to be the count in sum, divided into a hand of lines as 5-7-5-7-7 syllables each.  Did you employ the image provided or map out your own course?  Are your fingers tired counting yet?  Time now please to share your results with us.

And a big thank you to Hannah Gosselin for suggesting this prompt!

Don’t have a poem yet? Perhaps read a few done by others here, be inspired. There’s still plenty of time to discover a poem for yourself!

Leave the links to your poems in the comments of this post, then go visit your fellow writers’ sites and read their work. Remember to leave only positive comments in the spirit of sharing and not critiquing. We look forward to reading your poems!

Please remember to include a link with your blog poem post that links right back to here, this “Post Your Poems Day”, so that others reading your poem can also share in this community poem experience – maybe even someone new to We Write Poems!

If you are new to WWP, please be welcome to look around and read. The full prompt description you can find under “Recent Posts” on the top right of our page.

  1. July 4, 2012 12:24 am

    No, Tanka You! Here’s mine

  2. July 4, 2012 1:55 am

    Tanka, no tanka, I don’t know, and who’d of guess I would even try, but no guessing what might be…
    far and white
    Happy tanka day!

  3. July 4, 2012 4:31 am

    I suspect the more one writes tanka, the easier it might get. I think this might be my second tanka ever . . . colorado fires lamentation.

  4. Irene permalink*
    July 4, 2012 4:39 am

    Well this is my first very tanka (thanks to Hannah), hopefully there’ll be a second.


  5. July 4, 2012 5:04 am

    So glad to be tanka-ing with all of you!! Thank you!!

  6. July 4, 2012 5:37 am

    one of my favorite forms…As it is a holiday in the States today and I most likely will be busy and celebrating, this little gem is pulling duty as my stone, daily and entry here – cheers. Probably catch up on reading tomorrow…

    • July 6, 2012 8:46 am

      Thanks, Jules, for your kind comment on my efforts this week and for sharing your memory… it was fun to hear your story. You started off my holiday morning with a great tanka and I loved it. Tried to leave a comment on blogspot but to no avail. Mostly remembering those words from a LeAnn Womack lyric…. “if you have the choice to sit it out or dance… I hope you dance.” So off to our small town fourth of July parade went I to dance…. Thanks for setting the tone for a lovely holiday day.

  7. July 4, 2012 5:48 am

    Thanks for the tanka prompt. I enjoyed playing with it. You can see my poem at:

  8. July 4, 2012 7:14 am

    Happy holiday everyone! Found myself on the emotional side of a tanka… enjoyed the process and the prompt!

  9. July 4, 2012 7:55 am

    Love the image included. That gave me the start I needed. Thank you, Hannah 🙂

  10. July 4, 2012 10:06 am

    You got me to flex my Japanese a bit: Three Tanka for July

  11. July 4, 2012 2:34 pm


    Autumn sky, blue and cold
    Branches bare, a few still hold
    Tattered gold leaves wait
    For the wind to set them free
    Coins tossed on a spending spree

    • July 6, 2012 7:51 am

      Lovely. But the willow does not wait for autumn and her golden eyes fall for lack of water…perhaps she weeps.

    • Irene permalink*
      July 5, 2012 4:29 am

      Appreciating your nature tanka, Wayne. Winter’s always not far behind where you are I suppose. (ooh blogger!)

  12. July 4, 2012 2:57 pm

    Shadows creep over
    dangling swings and empty slides
    the children have left
    they sit inside where they play
    electronic adventures.

    The sparrow-hawk sails
    on a current of blue air
    the chickens look up
    then quickly dash for shelter
    from the black, determined wings.

  13. July 4, 2012 3:10 pm

    Tanks, Tanks a lot! Well, you did ask for it.
    Mine is up at

  14. July 5, 2012 6:00 am


    U R Velcominzee!

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