Three Tankas

February 25, 2010ishabelle

As a poet for today’s rally, I want to feature three Tankas. A Tanka is a Japanese type of poem. It consists of five lines. The first and the third lines have five syllables while the rest of the poem has seven. I have already tried Haiku, so I’m giving this a try as well. I hope you guys enjoy. πŸ™‚

The Grave

The rose smells so sweet.
In her hands, so red, so lush.
But the tears that fall
Portray the sadness she feels,
Leaving the rose on his grave.

The Friend

A joyous flower,
Looking so clean and friendly,
Daisies look so cute.
I wish he’d give me daisies;
His friendship, I so cherish.

My Father

He gave me tulips
Because I was his baby.
He painted flowers
So beautiful to see and
Called them “Tulips for Isha”

Comments (29)

  • talibhaiku

    February 25, 2010 at 11:47 am

    Well done, very nicely composed, all of them πŸ™‚

    1. ishabelle

      February 25, 2010 at 12:19 pm

      thanks… it’s my first time to try the Tanka… πŸ™‚

  • S Basu

    February 25, 2010 at 3:39 pm

    they are awesome.

    1. ishabelle

      February 25, 2010 at 8:46 pm

      thanks for the comment… πŸ™‚

  • S Basu

    February 25, 2010 at 3:40 pm

    thanks for explaining the style of writing a tanka.

  • moondai

    February 25, 2010 at 7:05 pm

    hey! I love the tankas. Esp the last one, and esp the last line πŸ™‚ Thanks for commenting on my poem!

    1. ishabelle

      February 25, 2010 at 8:48 pm

      thanks, moondai… πŸ™‚ im so glad that you liked the last poem… it’s also my favorite…

  • brian miller

    February 25, 2010 at 8:18 pm

    well interesting blend of feelings with these…

    1. ishabelle

      February 25, 2010 at 8:49 pm

      uh-huh!!! it’s not really just for one person… or it could be for one person, but from the perspective of three different women… πŸ™‚

  • Jingle

    February 25, 2010 at 9:57 pm

    wonderfully done!
    cheers, πŸ˜‰

    1. ishabelle

      February 25, 2010 at 11:26 pm

      thank you, jingle.. it is such an honor to receive wonderful comments from you… πŸ™‚

  • Tom Baker

    February 26, 2010 at 1:15 am

    I like them. I haven’t stopped here in a while so I thought I would drop in and say hello to you.


    1. ishabelle

      February 26, 2010 at 11:10 am

      welcome back to my site, Tom… im really glad you liked the tankas… πŸ™‚

  • shoelessboywonder

    February 26, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    well I back again and i love your little Tankas but I have bad news as well the site info you sent me ended up being a error…..I’m sending it back to you in hopes maybe you can explain y?…he-best-policy

  • johnonline

    February 26, 2010 at 1:22 pm

    tankas? or “haiku”? anyway, it’s good.

    1. ishabelle

      February 26, 2010 at 1:27 pm

      a tanka and a haiku are two different poetry types, dear….

  • dollarman

    February 26, 2010 at 2:50 pm

    doozy and creative! πŸ™‚


    1. ishabelle

      February 26, 2010 at 2:54 pm

      hello again, dollarman… glad you came by again… wink

  • nanno1982

    February 27, 2010 at 9:27 pm

    those are just beautiful Isha..
    Thank you for introducing us to a new type of poetry dear friend πŸ™‚

    1. ishabelle

      February 28, 2010 at 11:54 am

      im glad you learned a new style of poetry through my blog, noha…. πŸ™‚

  • laurenmichelleotheim

    February 28, 2010 at 10:15 am

    All three of these fit together beautifully! And thank you for explaining what a tanka is! I feel like I appreciated them even more because I knew the form. You write splendidly!

    1. ishabelle

      February 28, 2010 at 11:55 am

      you’re more than welcome, lauren… πŸ™‚ i just feel that it’s good to try out other types of poetry sometimes… πŸ™‚

  • dustus

    February 28, 2010 at 7:31 pm

    Hi. Nice poetry. Interesting form too, which you utilize well. Thanks

    1. ishabelle

      March 1, 2010 at 10:01 am

      thanks, dustus… πŸ™‚ im really appreciate your kind comments… πŸ™‚

  • Jannie Funster

    March 4, 2010 at 1:35 am

    Gorgeous flower sentiments! The tulips verse one made me smile.

    And hey, I found you through Jingle and am bestowing the β€œJannie Funster Lucky Lupine Award” upon your poetry blog! You can see it and whisk it home away from this post of mine…



    1. ishabelle

      March 4, 2010 at 11:05 am

      aww… thanks much, jannie… i am truly honored… πŸ™‚

  • cyril

    October 30, 2010 at 2:07 pm

    miss,,im seeing Li Po in you,,or Matsuo Basho either!!!heheh invasion ko miss xah?

    1. ishabelle

      November 6, 2010 at 10:04 pm

      kay tuungod japanese poems? hehehe,,,,

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