Ancient Instincts

Bird in Leaves

Ancient Instincts

(A 5-7-5-7-7 Poem)


As leaves change colors,

Bird’s thoughts carry far away.

Ancient instinct pulls.

Asking, is today the day?

Is it time to go or stay?


Author Notes Don’t you just wonder what this bird is thinking, sitting there on the autumn leaves? I did. This is what came to me.

This poem is a 5-7-5-7-7 Poem, not a Tanka.

A Tanka poem must follow all the rules of japanses poetry, while a 5-7-5-7-7 poem dose not.

For example, Tanka consist of five units (often treated as separate lines when romanized or translated) usually with the following pattern of:5-7-5-7-7.

The 5-7-5 is called the kami-no-ku “upper phrase”, and the 7-7 is called the shimo-no-ku “lower phrase”.

Traditionally tanka has had no concept of rhyme (indeed, certain arrangements of rhymes, even accidental, were considered dire faults in a poem. Also, Japanese poems do not have capitalization or punctuation. They also have strict rules on how to format the poem’s title. So, that is why this poem is definitely not a Tanka.

The picture was taken by the author himself.

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