Tanka: Triplicity

I’m not sure this is a true tanka. It’s a short five line poem anyway. For Frank Tassone’s haikai challenge, should he choose to accept it…



three facets of the

same magic—

unfolding, blooming, fading,

faces always to the sun.

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Jane Dougherty

I used to do lots of things I didn't much enjoy. Now I am officially a writer. It's what I always wanted to be.

33 thoughts on “Tanka: Triplicity”

    1. Nothing new. The Christians pinched everything from the Jews, except what they pinched from the various Celtic, Norse, Germanic Pagans and the Romans who pinched everything from the Greeks…

    1. The metrics seem to be optional and I can understand why. The content is the difficult part though, and the shift in the way of expression between the first and second parts of the poem. Difficult!

      1. I agree with you, the problem is: someone wants the “shift of contents”, others doesn’t. Same with metrics. Off course it’s not easy already, but not having clear rules makes me unwilling to take part to any kind of contest :/

    1. Thank you 🙂 With the cinquain, you know it has to respect a syllable and stress count. Tankas are more subtle in that there’s that shift at the end of the third line. I’m never sure that I’ve shifted 🙂

  1. I consider your verse delightful poetry. What’s in a name?
    I would like to believe there is still some magic in nature 😉
    So much pilfering… time to just take a hand and be grateful for life.
    Traditions can be a funny thing… with words and magic too. 🙂

      1. I like your word choice: “unfolding, blooming, fading” It is a process that can be witnessed or applied in many ways…though I was raised in a Christian home my knowledge of theology is sparse.

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