rises from a matcha bowl
waiting for your lips
to press against porcelain
sweet taste of jasmine flowers
our tantric dancing
trips the light of galaxies
we are earth and moon
cheek to cheek and face to face
inhaling each other’s breath
when we last parted
soft drumming of rain on leaves
was the only sound
the echo of your footsteps
already a memory
Kim M. Russell, 21st May 2020
My response to dVerse Poets Pub Meeting the Bar: 5-Line Japanese Forms
Frank T is our host for today’s Meeting the Bar, where we are celebrating National Tanka Month, or NaTankaMo and focusing on three 5-line Japanese forms: tanka, kyoka and gogyohka
Frank reminds us that tanka enjoys a long history in Japan and has given us a background to the form. Similar to haiku, tanka consist of concrete images and similar line structuring, but they were written by a different range of poets, from courtiers to emperors, and were used to express love and devotion.
On the other hand, kyoka are more like senryu, a five-line form of parody poetry, exploring human nature, usually in as satirical a way as possible.
Gogyohka is a relatively new form of five-line poetry. Unlike tanka and kyoka, it has no structural requirements or thematic tendencies; it only needs to be written in five lines.