long past sunrise, but
still early--not much stirring;
a pair of flowers,
remnants of summer, shiver
beneath steel-blue autumn sky

© 2003 by Metta Jon Maslow


    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!