Love is in the Air

“Each week Carry On Tuesday will publish either a famous quotation or a line from a book, song or poem and invite you to Carry On where words stop. You may use some of the words or all of them either at the start of your piece or within the body of your work.”


Love is in the air
Floating like a butterfly
Hopeful messenger
Is this real or illusion?
Stinging like a bee, wake up!


This is written in Tanka (or waka)  form. Tanka 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.


Image Credit

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


One of many quotes from Muhammad Ali
“Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee”



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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21 Responses to Love is in the Air

  1. dani says:

    this is a wonderful tanka, Becca ~ the sentiment, your words, the illustration and an excellent use of the prompt. i love it! tanka is probably my second favorite form behind free verse. thank you for providing the links with more information. ♥


  2. Jingle says:

    love the butterfly image.



  3. jennirey says:

    Wow Becca.. your site is really colorful today.. This one is really special.. I read your interview and think its so kewl you have become a celebrity.


  4. Renee Espriu says:

    I like this as much as your Haikus, which I’ve now got the knack of. Beautifull written and your image colors brilliant!


  5. ladynimue says:

    Fun !


  6. Lovely Tanka, Becca. What a great idea for a prompt!


    • Becca Givens says:

      Thank you, Victoria … it was fun to do! I participate in Carry On Tuesday when I am able … there are some great and definite creative responses to the prompts each week. Appreciate your visit.


  7. Laurie Kolp says:

    I love how you manage to put such deep, probing thoughts in such small pieces.


  8. trisha says:

    the poem and the butterfly both are fabulous becca, cant say which one is more beautiful.


  9. Tilly Bud says:

    You did well to fit quite a long quote naturally into such a short form. Nicely done 🙂


  10. Love it, simple and straight to the point but beautiful:-)


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