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April 11, 2013

TANKA CHALLENGE – A tanka poem by Jean Kay

For day 11 of National Poetry Writing Month (NaPoWriMo) “I challenge you to write a tanka. This, like the “American” cinquain, is a poem based on syllables, with the pattern being 5-7-5-7-7.”  Here is mine.



My challenge today

is to create a tanka:

verses with five lines.

Who dreams up these sequences

interfering with my flow?


What words of wisdom

can I portray in this way

counting out each line?

A conflict grows within me –

both sides of my brain in gear.


One side at a time

is much easier on me –

being creative,

not facing the challenges

of counting in my left brain.


Jean Kay

April 11, 2013

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