Poetic Form Fridays are made to share various poetic forms. This week, we look at the waka, a Japanese 5-liner.
The waka is a Japanese 5-line poem (or stanza) that is often considered synonymous with the tanka, because both have a 5-7-5-7-7 syllable per line structure. However, the waka groups its lines together in a particular way. The first 2 lines should make up one piece, the next 2 lines should make the next, and then, the final line can stand on its own--or as part of the second group.
It's possible to end stop after line 2, 4, and 5. But other forms of punctuation can do the trick as well.
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Here’s my attempt at a waka:
after, by Robert Lee Brewer
midnight stalks the grounds
of your partly eclipsed heart,
beating the sunshine
across this sad calendar--
remembering past cycles...