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