Jaded souls believe
Too much mayhem in the world
“Is that all there is?”
Sever the inner shackles
Awaken to simple life
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.
© rgb for “On Dragonfly Wings with Buttercup Tea”, 2011
“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.”
This week’s inspiration prompt:
Peggy Lee’s 1969 hit song
Is that all there is?