|Modest home, but with all the essentials|
We've ignored the latest offer to cash in yet again, so I wrote a poem about it. It's short and sweet, in the form of a tanka.
flyers and emails
offering large sums of cash
sending a message
our happy home is worth much
to builders who would raze it
If you've never heard of the tanka form of poetry, that's ok! Here are some basic facts to know:
1. It's a longer, older cousin to the haiku
2. Tanka means "short song" in Japanese and is traditionally written in one line of 31 syllables
3. In English, it is written in 5/7/5/7/7 form
4. The 3rd line typically acts like a pivotal image, or turn. It works with the top two lines to bring forth an image, and with the bottom two lines to offer a personal reflection or response. It's versatile that way.
|Our home has been a happy one for years.|