The other side- Tanka x2

A dark storm raged on

Within a joyful facade

Who knows what comes next?


The driving force of this life

On the other side

There’s no more endless waiting

Life’s river flows calm

Goodness and light reign supreme

Peace eternal, till we meet.


Dear Readers,

Today’s poem is written in the Tanka style. The Tanka is a Japanese style of poetry, which has the following syllable count:

1st line : 5 syllables

2nd line: 7 syllables

3rd line: 5 syllables

4th line: 7 syllables

5th line: 7 syllables

What did you think of this style of poetry?

What do you think of this poem?

Let me know in the comments!

Till next time.


Lose control – Shadorma + Troiku

Seasons change

Before wistful eyes

Moments drift

Each morning

Collapses into red dusk

Rewind and repeat

Keep myself busy

Let time do the rest of it

Floating with the tide

Keep myself busy

Trick my mind with distraction

Doesn’t always work

Let time do the rest of it

It heals wounds, that’s what they say

Pain fades, won’t erase

Floating with the tide

I can’t fight with this current

Lay back, lose control

Dear Readers,

I saw this really interesting prompt by Mind Love Misery’s Menagerie for a Troiku. As explained on the page, a Troiku is a poem that is derived by expanding each line of a haiku into its own separate poem. Kind of makes it feel like we are giving the parent haiku an elaborate explanation or a louder voice. This form was invented by Kristjaan Panneman back in 2012.

The prompt gave the option of including a Shadorma as well if the responder desires. The first 6 lines of this poem make up the Shadorma. A Shadorma is a non-rhyming poem with a syllable count of 3/5/3/3/7/5

The next 3 lines comprise of the parent haiku. The last three verses are the haikus derived from the first haiku

Hope you enjoyed this form and please do visit Mind Love Misery’s Menagerie for the full explanation of the form! 🙂

Can’t choose your family – Sedoka + Katauta

Every family

Has its innocence and quirks

All the inside jokes make sense
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Beneath this surface

Lies whispers of the unsaid

Tucked safely under covers
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When you can, forgive

If it gets too much, step back

Some things you can choose, not all.
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Dear readers,

A Katauta is a Japanese style of poetry which  is made up of 3 lines with the syllable count of 5-7-5 or 5-7-7. 

Two Katautas put together is known as a Sedoka. The difference between a Katauta and a Haiku, as far as I have read, is that a Katauta is usually addressed to a lover. Haikus are traditionally related to nature.

In a Sedoka, the two verses offer two different perspectives. In this poem, I have written the first two verses as a sedoka and the last verse as a katauta.

If you guys find any other differences, do let me know! Take care and have a good day ahead!