Writing Prompt Saterday: Write a Tanka

For the second ever writing prompt, I thought we’d have some fun with poetry.  Have you ever written a tanka before?  It’s like a haiku, but a little longer.  It consists of five lines, with a syllable pattern of 5,7,5,7,7.  I love the style because it gives all the brevity of a haiku, with a little more breathing room.

Short poetry like this, to me, should demonstrate a writers ability to capture a moment or a feeling.  Here’s one I did on a favorite subject of mine, coffee.

Steam drifts from the rim,

the sharp scent of cinnamon,

the warm porcelain,

heat soaking into my hands,

fingers stretched around the cup.

So, that’s what I did with that.  What can you do?  Leave yours in the comment section.  I’ll pick out the best one, and post it on Monday, September 22.

And don’t forget, I’m still looking for submissions from last weeks prompt, the winner of which will be posted this coming Monday, September 15.

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