Not Tonka! Tanka! The T.A.P. Tag!

Now this is an interesting one!

I have to say, I’d never been tagged to do a bit of Japanese poetry before! Actually, I’d never done Japanese poetry at all before, though I will admit to having dabbled in some poetry back in college. Ah, good times. 🙂

And Winter seems to be making a habit of tagging me lately. Not that I entirely mind, of course! Thanks!

Now, I don’t know much about tanka, outside how it’s basically a super haiku. And it’s meant to convey feelings about a subject? I dunno, I just got the syllable count of 5-7-5-7-7. Beyond that, I just hope it’s not too bad! 😉

Here are the rules:

  1. Headline your post with “The T.A.P. Tag!” and put “tanka” as one of your tags.
  2. Make sure to link back to the original post that started the tag (this post!).
  3. Make sure to mention the person who forced introduced the tag to you!
  4. Pick 1-3 of your favorite anime.
  5. Write your tanka about the anime you’ve chosen. It’s fine if you decide to do only one or two if the schedule is tight.
  6. Tag at least 3 or more bloggers you know, and get their creative muscles flowing.

Rurouni Kenshin

Wandering swordsman
Holding to a sacred vow
To protect the weak
Without taking human life
A man-slayer’s redemption


He solved a puzzle
Now his body is possessed
By an ancient king
A summoner of monsters
In a deadly game of cards

Ghost in the Shell

We become machines
Our brains are the computers
In bodies of steel
But where do we keep our souls
The ghosts of our programming?

That was probably a fair mangling of actual Japanese poetry, but it’s my first time. Begging a little forbearance, I had some fun with it. 🙂

As for who I tag:
Shaddowcat, welcome back!
Scott, up for a little challenge?
Irina, I love your stuff so much, you practically leapt to mind! 🙂

I look forward to seeing what you come up with! 😀

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7 Responses to Not Tonka! Tanka! The T.A.P. Tag!

  1. shaddowcat99 says:

    Thanks for the tag! Someone else tagged me for this one before I went on hiatus… I know I wrote down who somewhere… Anyway I hope to share something next week. I had a fair amount of time to ruminate in this one.

    I think your tankas are nice, but of course I’m no Japanese poetry expert either 😉

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