butterfly of straw
clings to a bonsai pine tree,
watching the moon rise;
not far from here, a barren
 field; a lonely scarecrow weeps 

© 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!