Brisbane’s Spring Arrival (Tanka)

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Seasons change – June Perkins

Spring’s arrival speaks
mornings without woolley socks
crow songs refuse to stop;
frangipani calls its leaves
to dress its branches.

Springs arrival dances
mornings without gloves on hands
goodbye grey day skies
blossoms beckoning avenues
becoming tree’s  confetti.

Springs arrival scents
mornings perfumed with renewal
bones drunk on sun
waltzing away cold memories;
smells technicolour gardens.

(c) June Perkins

I just felt it was time to do some poetry exercises and explorations as I have been writing a lot of free form poetry lately.  

This one is a tanka. This is a Japanese poem consisting of 31 syllables in 5 lines, with 5 syllables in the first and third lines and 7 in the others.  

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Australian Spring – June Perkins

However it is good not to worry about being too strict with those syllable counts at the expense of the flow of the poem. Sometimes that can become too constricting, nevertheless here is an attempt at disciplined poetry writing.

If you have tanka you want to share you can publish a link to them in the comments section below.

7 thoughts on “Brisbane’s Spring Arrival (Tanka)

  1. You create some lovely images here June – the last verse really leaps out at me – what a wonderful anthem to spring. We’re still waiting for it to fully arrive down here in the south.

    1. Thanks Suzanne, yes it seems to have arrived now for Brisbane, I am sure its a bit more of a way off in my old home Tasmania as well. Thanks for sharing which line leapt out the most. Hope to try quite a few more of these until the form feels a better fit.

      1. Yes it’s great fun to explore these poetic forms. I’m crazy about haiku and its extensions into haiga and haibun at present. There are terrific prompts being offered on various WordPress blogs that really get the imagination going.

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