For this contest you are challenged to write a Tanka poem. Tanka is a form of poetry that often follows a specific syllable count.
line 1 – 5 syllables
line 2 – 7 syllables
line 3 – 5 syllables
line 4 – 7 syllables
line 5 – 7 syllables
So it contains five unrhymed lines of five, seven, five, seven, and seven syllables. (5, 7, 5, 7, 7). This format is not required but a helpful guide. To approximate the Japanese model, some poets use approximately 20-22 syllables and a short-long-short-long-long structure or even just a free form structure using five lines.
Peaceful solitude (5)
intrinsic to our spirit (7)
lost in pensive thought (5)
standing on the edge of time (7)
the road to nowhere special. (7)
– by Cheri L. Ahner
Write about anything using this format. A tanka poem usually only has one stanza.
The winner takes away a $100 cash prize.