Nostalgic Memories




Sweet nostalgic memories
Power of the past
Poignant endearing glimpses
Frozen motionless in time

This is my first attempt at Tanka.

Tanka (or waka) is an unrhymed Japanese poem consisting of five lines of 5/7/5/7/7 totaling 31 kana (Japanese units or syllables).

Tanka is generally written in two parts. The first three lines is one part, and the last two lines is the second part.

Tanka in English is relatively new, so there are not as many guidelines as with haiku and senryu.


© by rgb for “On Dragonfly Wings with Buttercup Tea”, 2011

Submitted to The Purple Treehouse for the form: Waka
Prompt: Photographs, Memories and Nostalgia

About becca givens

Becca is an artist, poet, and animal communicator. She delights in cooking, nurturing, and sharing a rich spiritual life with others on the Path.
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56 Responses to Nostalgic Memories

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  3. Your expressions of nostalgia…a human emotion we all have experienced, is truly what a tanka is all about…your poem is evocative of that emotion. The last line is the perfect twist..’.frozen motionless in time’ is what you can’t do to time…and that makes nostalgia more painful. I love reading this.


  4. dsnake1 says:

    elegantly done, as always with your works. 🙂


  5. Heaven says:

    Nice one… thanks for sharing the links and picture.

    I posted mine:


  6. terri0729 says:

    Absolutely beautiful! I love nostalgia. Blessings 🙂


  7. Bodhirose says:

    I love this, Becca–romantic. Very good!


  8. chimnese says:

    I like the content of this poem.


  9. Kay Salady says:

    Becca, once again, you’ve created a lovely piece. Thank you!


  10. well done, thanks for the submission.


  11. Mike Patrick says:

    Usually, I’m weeks behind you on trying a new form–if I ever try them. This time we start together. I like your tanka. Great theme, nicely stated. The time you spent on it shows in the final product.


  12. A very lovely first attempt!


  13. leah says:

    Wow, that was brilliant, it seem so easy for you.


    • becca givens says:

      Oh, Leah, I wish I could say it was true … I cannot even remember how long it took me to write this one … but the more I do them, the easier they become! Thank you for your visit.


  14. Olivia says:

    I loved this.. Image couldn’t be any better.. 😀

    Hugs x


  15. fiveloaf says:

    this is a great tanka becca- something i have not tried! my potluck..


  16. trisha says:

    splendidly crafted poem becca. very beautiful. 🙂


  17. lunawitch15 says:

    wonderful. perfect.


  18. Reggie says:

    Becca!…you hit it…and hit it very well…the image ties in nicely.


  19. Very nice — I like it!


  20. Andy says:

    Lovely picture & great take on the prompt.


  21. ladynimue says:

    Very true .. Memories do freeze time ! anywhere anytime ..


  22. Ina says:

    Good poem, and beautiful picture. 🙂


  23. honeyhaiku says:

    A marriage words and imagery!


  24. tigerbrite says:

    This is lovely. The picture is just right too.


  25. versebender says:

    In a few words you have elegantly captured the magic of nostalgia…we all need that! Vb


  26. Jingle says:

    breath taking…



  27. Nicely crafted! The picture is beautiful as well 🙂
    Enjoy the rally!


  28. bendedspoon says:

    beautiful — power of the past… 🙂


  29. John says:

    Yes, ~becca, I really like the way this came together, there is a rhythmic flow and rich in meaning…very nice poem.


  30. scottf says:

    mmm frozen motionless in time, the power of the past… you’ve captured this beautifully


  31. lolamouse says:

    lovely tanka. I love the picture as well. Thanks for visiting my blog!


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