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The Tanka of Love

I decided to take up the Daily Post’s writing challenge, my first one! Can’t say it was an easy one. I have amateurly attempted Haiku before but never Tanka. Below I write about one of those ordinary days as I head back home from work to reunite with my two boys.

A long day at work

Rain pounding on the windshield

Yet a silent heart

Silver light sieved distances

A double helix of love awaits

Traditional tanka contain five lines instead of haiku’s three, and 31 syllables instead of 17. The structure is that of a haiku followed by two additional lines of seven syllables each: 5-7-5-7-7.

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