June 30, 2005

Simple poetry

I am taking a beginning poetry course online at Virtual University (vu.org). We had to write a Haiku and a Tanka. They don't have to rhyme and are short.

My haiku has the classic 5-7-5 syllable pattern and is about a June day:

Breath deeply, long a-a-a-h.
Mouth open. Gentle summer air -
Think cold waterfall.

I was not familiar with Tanka, but in it's classic form it has a syllables per line pattern of 5-7-5-7-7. So here's my homework assignment entitled Old Papers:

Buried in clutter
Scraps of unanswered dreams
Unfinished projects.
Secret gems among rough rocks.
Procrastination mocks me.

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