October 16, 2005

Tanka Trucks

Have you heard about the latest Japanese poetry craze? It's Tanka, which is Haiku but with two additional lines of 7 syllables at the end. So instead of the standard 5-7-5, you have 5-7-5-7-7. Lots of fun! Here are a couple of Tankas inspired by my weekend.

My only darling Boy
Decides "mommy" is passe';
Now he calls me "mom"
And he calls his father "dad"
What the hell? He's only four!

Is it just me, or
has anyone else noticed
that an '08 win
by Clinton means that we'll have
20 years of dynasties?

And is it just me
or does anyone else think
that 20 years of
prez-es from two families
is lame? New blood now--WALKEN!

Posted by Big Arm Woman at October 16, 2005 09:55 PM

There's no rhyme, which used to be the filter. Check out P.G.Wodehouse's complaint http://library.beau.org/gutenberg/etext05/8pgwm10.txt (search down to ``Masters'')

Posted by: Ron Hardin at October 17, 2005 02:23 PM

An old Radio Japan interview with a Tanka Expert Feb 9, 1999 http://rhhardin.home.mindspring.com/japancut.tanka.ram (12 minutes). They had high hopes for it.

They were more into broken hearts though.

Posted by: Ron Hardin at October 17, 2005 03:44 PM

I'll support Walken as long as he promises more cowbell (http://homepage.mac.com/kellydean/Music/iMovieTheater34.html).

Posted by: Brad K. at October 18, 2005 05:30 PM

Snopes says that Walken for pres is a hoax.

Love the poem though! :)

Posted by: Peggy at October 23, 2005 04:21 AM

Well, it doesn't look like my link worked there, sorry.


Posted by: Peggy at October 23, 2005 04:23 AM