Olympic Sized Burdens

A tanka 

Tanka is the modern name of a form of Japanese verse that dates back over twelve centuries. Older than haiku, tanka differs from haiku in both its form (31 syllables) and its style of expression. In Japan, tanka has long been considered the most important form of Japanese poetry.

In Japanese, tanka is often written in one straight line, but in English and other languages, we usually divide the lines into the five syllabic units: 5-7-5-7-7. 


A childhood focussed,

On seventeen Augustan days.

No burden heavier,

A nation’s expectations,

Resting on slender shoulders.


(c)Bev 2008