Tanka – Japanese – Comfort in the Grass

I am continuing my learning experience with a Tanka (similar to a Haiku).

In English, the tanka is usually written as five short lines. Tanka poems are written about nature, seasons, love, sadness and other strong emotions. This form of poetry dates back almost 1200 years ago.

  • Traditionally in Japanese, the tanka is five groups of sounds, each of 5 or 7 sound units. The first and third units have 5 sound units (as in a haiku), while the other units have 7 sound units. 31 syllables in total.  This can be represented by: 5-7-5-7-7.


Grass beneath bare feet
soft spongy comforting floor
endorphins released
breathless running our lips met
kissed the grass smiled at the sun

Weekly Writing Challenge – A picture is worth a 1000 words


Loved this challenge!


Meet Henry (the father), Rose and William.

Your typical English upper class family perhaps?

Rose so pretty in her dusty pink coat and matching bonnet, she has accessorised well with her gloves, black handbag and matching black patent leather shoes. I shall be giving her a 10 out of 10 for this ensemble.

William looking very dashing (could we expect anything less) with his grey peaked cap and matching single breasted overcoat with button line slightly off centre.

He completes his look today with well fitting black trousers and black patent shoes. I give William a 9 out of 10. You may think I’m being too harsh a critic here, but the off centre buttons lost me I’m afraid.

Henry – well what can I say his white shirt sets off the beautiful the dark grey jack with matching toned silver tie, again his outfit has been finished off to perfection with the mirror glass patent shoes and lovely black trousers. Henry will receive a 10 out of 10 also for this look.

Entering competitions such as this is not new for this devoted modelling aspiring family, this is the fourth time they have entered and hoping to win the grand prize of 50.00 pounds.

It’s a pity that though they are decked out in their finery that they couldn’t give us a  🙂

Though after the photograph I had a chance to talk to Henry who advised me that his wife had just run off with the local Butcher.

Ah well … let’s give a warm round of applause for their efforts today, they have certainly put an effort in and done their street proud.

3 cheers for Henry, Rose and William, the 50 quid sadly went to their neighbour 2 doors down.