old oak leans westward,
weary leaves descend to earth;
words fall into place,
as well: black ink and starlight,
poems written in the dark

© 2003 by Metta Jon Maslow (10-20-03)

    Tanka is an ancient Japanese form of poetry, older than Haiku. Tankas
    are composed of 31 syllables in 5 lines, with the number of syllables per
    line as follows:  5-7-5-7-7.  For more info about Tanka poetry, check out
    this link: http://www.americantanka.com/ or do a search on Google for
    other resources on Tanka. Then try to write your own Tankas!