Weekly Tanka Prompt Challenge – Week 13 – swell and foam (Tanka)

Weekly Tanka Prompt Challenge – Week 13 – swell and foam

Gentle Waves by Teresa Smeigh September 2016

The swell of water rolls,

Gently over my bare feet.

The foam disappears

back into the sea slowly,

As another gently rolls in.


Simple Guidelines.

Take the two words and write a Tanka Poem.

Tanka consists of five units, usually with the following pattern of    5-7-5-7-7 which is syllables.

This is for the readers that haven’t tried writing a Tanka and don’t understand how to write one.

Line 1 – 5 syllables, Line 2 – 7 syllables, Line 3 – 5 syllables, Line 4 – 7 syllables, Line 5 – 7 syllables.

What is a syllable?

  1. a unit of pronunciation having one vowel sound, with or without surrounding consonants, forming the whole or a part of a word; for example, there are two syllables in water and three in inferno.
  2. You can use the picture above.

Copy and paste the link of your finished tanka in the owner’s comments.


About Tessa

Teresa (Tessa) Smeigh at 60 plus is still going strong despite her disabilities affecting both physical and mental abilities. She has bipolar disorder (mental), Fibromyalgia (nerves), degenerative disc disease (spine), and arthritis (joints). Her new journey's include Diabetes controlled by insulin. She is also working on 2 fiction books (mysteries). The books will probably never be finished. She keeps her blog filled with useful content, occasional devotionals (She is a Christian), stories and poems. Plenty to keep you busy. She has also been interviewed by blogs and had other posts published on many different blogs. She is from Southern, NJ. Her family and blog keep her busy.
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5 Responses to Weekly Tanka Prompt Challenge – Week 13 – swell and foam (Tanka)

  1. kiwinana says:

    Beautiful, so peaceful reading it.
    Thanks for entering again, I appreciate it.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Mother Willow says:

    Such a beautiful Tanka.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Pingback: Weekly Tanka Prompt Challenge – Week 14 – Pathway & Experience – Ramblings of a Writer

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