Haiku and Tanka Experiments

Attempted Poetry Below

I’m not a poet, well not a ‘real’ one anyway. I’d never written any poetry in my life until August and have just been putting some words together and hoping for the best. Real poets won’t need me to tell them this as I think it’ll be fairly obvious.

I bought a ‘How To’ poetry book in order to be knowledgeable about the format and flow of poems. It was recommended on a University course so I thought it would make me understand.  It’s called ‘The Making of a Poem’ and I’ve read it and still don’t have a clue. In fact, I’m even more confused than I was in August. My husband (who doesn’t know I have a blog) thinks poetry is pretentious and inaccessible. I don’t agree with him, but I can see why people think it’s not for them.  I was glad when Dylan got his Nobel prize for poetry as his words speak to the masses. He has gone quiet the past few days though.

Not to be defeated by my lack of poetry expertise, I’ve joined the WordPress Introduction to Poetry course to see if it’ll help. On this first day I had to write a Haiku with the theme ‘water’. I could do a Tanka if I struggled with the Haiku.  In the end I tried out both of them for each poem and even managed to get the daily prompt in. Not sure I like them but (I think) I understand:


Head below water.

She’d drown in the bath right now.

So complicated –

should she hold breath forever?

Inhale? Give up or change plans?


HAIKU – 5-7-5  (shorter version of poem above)

Drowning’s difficult –

Should she forever hold breath?

Suck? Halt? Terminate?


POEM 2: LOST – TANKA 5-7-5-7-7

I can’t find myself.

My shine faded with each kick –

to a dull nothing.

Their filthy boots trampled me.

Stamping me deep underground.


HAIKU – 5-7-5 (shorter version of poem above)

I can’t find me now.

My shine faded with each kick

to a dull nothing.


POEM 3: LONG AGO – TANKA 5-7-5-7-7

Bling, booze and boogies.

Bigging it up ‘til daylight.

Kicking strangers out.

Working through the hangover.

Seems a lifetime ago now.


HAIKU – 5-7-5 (shorter version of poem above)

Bling, booze, up all night.

Hungover, kicking boys out.

Seems so long ago.

15 thoughts on “Haiku and Tanka Experiments

  1. I’m not sure what a ‘real’ poem is anyway, besides I’ve always liked yours — they’re always infused with such honesty and insight — and these are great too. There’s something strangely liberating with haikus, in that being restricted to a certain number of syllables often makes it easier. Keep it up. Look forward reading more as you progress. 🙂

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    • Thanks and thanks again for the link. Confessional poems weren’t in my poetry book and they most closely resemblance what I tend to write. The personal ‘I’ poems are the types I favour and I enjoy writing about my feelings or those of a character based on people I know. Also about death, affairs and other cheery subjects! I’ve finally found something that is close to my style 🙂

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  2. This is so inspiring! I think it is great that you are taking one of the WordPress courses. I’ve seen these highlighted on some of the WordPress pages, but hadn’t gone much further than that. And it is equally inspiring that you are writing Haiku and Tankaa. I’ve only dabbled with haiku and that was a long time ago. But I found it challenging, but what a mental/writing workout. Keep at it!

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  3. i just tried writing a haiku…and it drove me up the walls! Awesome job you’ve done here. I’ve been inspired by what you’ve been doing here and so trying my hand at all the poetry styles as well. hope its half as good as yours.


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