- Headline your post with “The T.A.P. Tag!” and put “tanka” as one of your tags.
- Make sure to link back to the original post that started the tag.
- Make sure to mention the person who introduced the tag to you!
- Pick 1-3 of your favourite anime.
- Write your tanka about the anime you’ve chosen. It’s fine if you decide to do only one or two if the schedule is tight.
- Tag at least 3 or more bloggers you know, and get their creative muscles flowing.
What is a tanka, you ask?
Tanka (短歌 tan-kah) poems are short poems that originated in Japan in the 13th century. They are five lines long and often convey deep feelings about nature, love, or desire. They usually have a structure of syllables that starts similar to haiku (5-7-5), but ends with two more 7-syllable lines, making it 5-7-5-7-7, for a total of 31 syllables.
I followed this quick guide that explained the core concepts of it, but for a TL;DR, here’s the structure of a tanka.
- Setting up the scene (two lines that describe a moment)
- The “pivot” line (middle line that links the top and bottom lines together)
- The payoff (last two lines that describe your feelings toward said moment)
This is more important than following the 5-7-5-7-7 structure, but remember, you can only go LESS than 31 syllables, not more, so you can keep the spirit of the original Japanese poetry. You can be a bit freeform if you want.
I am terrible at writing poems but I’ll give it my best shot! Hopefully what I write isn’t too bad.
Okay, here we go!
From the ground high up
he jumped reaching for the sky –
a boy from concrete
with eyes of a predator
like a black crow taking flight
A hot summers day
remembering you saved us all
and we said good bye
To our guilty memory –
We’ll meet again but, farewell
Timelines and merging mem’ries
You die everytime
But I promise to save you
Not just you – but both of you
This was very much outside my comfort zone but it was fun. I still feel I suck at writing poetry of any sort so I’ll stick to my prose but thank you Jenn for tagging me and forcing me to do something different!
Well, that’s it from me for now. I’ll see you in my next post. 🙂