IN-FORM POET – TANKA

The Tanka is a Japanese poem of five lines. The first and third are composed of five syllables, and the others seven. In Japanese, tanka is often written in one straight line, but in English and other languages, we usually divide the lines into the five syllabic units: 5-7-5-7-7.

MARIE ELENA’S ATTEMPT

Crucified with Christ

A thief on each side –
One mocking; hurling insults.
One repentant heart
Recognized his Messiah
… and that’s all it took.

In honor of Good Friday. Inspired by Luke 23:39-43.

 

WALT’S TANKA:

GOOD SHEPHERD

I walk with my sheep,
it’s always just me and ewe.
It’s my firm belief,
as I get to know my sheep,
all my sheep will know me too!