When Writers Block Triumphs

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. 


Tradition dictates

Total blankness of my mind

When I'm at my desk

Inspiration vanishes

Writers block triumphs again

(c) Bev 2008