Gardens In My Mind

Gardens in my Mind

This is my first effort at writing a Tanka poem.  Not my best, but learning is fun!   A Tanka poem is similar to a Haiku poem although it contains 5 lines with a syllable count for each line as such:  5/7/5/7/7 = 31 syllables.  Tanka poems use simile, metaphor and personification to enhance the words.

Tanka poems are one of the more ancient types of poetry found in Japan.  They were created in the seventh century and were one of the most favored types of poetry found in the Japanese Imperial Court.

Explore poetry any way you can.  Ronovan Writes does a Weekly Haiku Challenge that is open to everyone.  In addition, Ron shared an excellent website to assist in the writing of poetry called “The Syllable Dictionary.”  This site will actually count the syllables for you.  If you like music and sing all the words to your favorite songs then you probably would love writing poetry.  Give it a try!

About Colleen M. Chesebro

Colleen M. Chesebro is an American Novelist & Poet who loves writing paranormal fantasy and magical realism, cross-genre fiction, syllabic poetry, and creative nonfiction. She loves all things magical which may mean that she could be experiencing her second childhood—or not. That part of her life hasn’t been fully decided yet. A few years ago, a mystical experience led her to renew her passion for writing and storytelling. These days she resides in the fantasy realm of the Faery Writer where she writes the magical poetry and stories that the fairy nymphs whisper to her in her dreams. Colleen won the “Little and Laugh” Flash Fiction Contest sponsored by the Carrot Ranch Literary Community on November 2017, and in 2018, she won first place for the “Twisted Travel” category. Colleen lives in Arizona with her husband. When she is not writing, Colleen enjoys spending time with her husband. She also loves gardening, reading, and crocheting old-fashioned doilies into works of art. Learn more about Colleen on
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  1. Oh, I’ve learnt to love Haiku over the last few weeks and now you’ve introduced me to Tanka. You first attempt is brilliant, Colleen.

  2. You rock everytime you write. I’ve heard of Tanka and Haiku before, never explored. You inspire to learn 🙂 keep up the good work!

  3. Wow, you are really good Colleen. I did not know about Tanka, but will find time to check it out. Thanks for sharing.

  4. I’ve not heard of Tanka. I like the syllable count poems, but I rarely am able to hit the right limit.
    I enjoyed your poem very much. 🙂

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