This month’s poetry form from The Purple Treehouse http://purpletreehouse.blogspot.com/, is the Japanese Waka (or Tanka). In it’s English form, it is written in five lines with syllable counts of 5-7-5-7-7. It is the perfect follow-up for last month’s Haiku. As I gain knowledge on these Japanese forms, I can allow my western background to revel in their eastern history and beauty. With that background, I hope my first Waka approaches the form’s flavor.
Child’s Laugh, Waka/Tanka #1
by Mike Patrick
The laugh of a child
Soon lighten the heart’s burden
With joyous giggles.
Life, surrounded by children
Maintains youth within the soul.