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sitting in silence,
breeze blows through open windows;
stray thoughts come and go
while a stone Buddha looks on,
unmoved by likes and dislikes

© 2003 by Metta Jon Maslow (10-20-03)
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    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: or do a search on Google for
    other resources on Tanka. Then try to write your own Tankas!

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