break the brown earth,
rabbits are glad
tiny shoots of gladness
tickle my wintery skin
Copyright 2018 Brenda Davis Harsham
Notes: Happy Nearly Spring! This poem is a tanka. Did my poem surprise you?
Writing Tip: A Tanka is a Japanese poetry form that has five lines with syllable counts per line of 5, 7, 5, 7, and 7. In another way of thinking of it, a Tanka is a haiku with two seven-syllable lines added as a second stanza. Some find the syllable counts are maximums not goals. The third line is intended to be a surprise or a turning point, a pivot, about which the meaning of the poem turns or changes.