The challenge at Real Toads is to write at least three Tanka.  They follow the format of 5-7-5-7-7 for syllables per line.

danger lurks within

fire raging underneath

bursting forth lava

flowing slowly down hillsides

silent hush of destruction


seeds sleeping in ground

soil gives seeds nutrients

roots break through seed coat

leaf upon leaf growing strong

buds, blossoms and blooms abound


dragon’s breath spewing

hot flames from reptilian mouth

burning land around

sight of a lady dragon

changes flames to loving heart


9 thoughts on “Tanka

  1. I can’t pick a favorite, Teresa, because they were all so good.

    “leaf upon leaf growing strong..” – I loved that imagery. I can’t wait for it to begin in earnest.

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