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)
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,
http://www.americantanka.com/ or do a search on
other resources on Tanka. Then try to write your own Tankas!