#OctProWriMo – Day 18 – English Tanka Poem – Prompt – Senseless


#OctProWriMo – Day 18 – English Tanka Poem – Prompt – Senseless

the world is misused

torturing us is senseless


no explanation – evil

lets work for a solution

English tanka poems consist of five units, usually with the following pattern of    5-7-5-7-7 which is syllables.

Join me at dVerse Poets Pub for Open Link Night.  Choose any one poem that you would like to share.

36 thoughts on “#OctProWriMo – Day 18 – English Tanka Poem – Prompt – Senseless

      • oh…not dumb at all…..please don’t think that. In the Tags (not Category) you add, you can add this “dVerse”. You can also just add a statement (I put it in italics — just take a peak at what I write at the end of my posts) that includes “Posted for dVerse” or “Posted for dVerse, the virtual pub for poets” …. and then create a link by highlighting the word dVerse and going up to the icons and click on the one that looks like a chain (which is really create a link) and click on it. (This is all in WordPress — not sure what to do in other forms of blogs.) You’ll see a rectangular block and you’ll enter http://dversepoets.com in that rectangle. Then, I think, you’ll see an X and a pencil??? Two little icons…hove on them and one will say “Apply”. Click on that one and voila, you have created a link to dVerse. Of course, if you’re adding this to an already posted poem, you just then hit Update.
        This creating links is also helpful for example, if you want to connect your reader to something else that relates to your poem….maybe a reference or something else on the internet that helps inform the poem…in that case you’d just have already “copied” the URL and then you just past it into that rectangle.
        Hope this helps….and if that’s all too complicated (I may not have explained it well)…then just add the Tag! 🙂
        SOOO glad to have you join us! Hope you’ll stop by and share your poems with us often! 🙂

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    • I have added the link to the poem. Thanks for replying I thought that was what I was supposed to do.
      Can you explain what you mean by “a pivot line.”
      Thanks for the kind welcome, must visit again.


      • A pivot line is what basicalky splits the action in a tanka or haiku. It is also known as a kireji or, cutting line. It separates the top two lines…kami no ku from the bottom two, the shimi no ku. I hope you will visit again! If you go to our homepage, you will find a list of our staff and a schedule of sorts. Every other monday we have haibun monday and quadrille (created by our own Bjorn Rudberg), tuesday is pietics and every other thursday is open link night and MTB..meeting the bar, where we write to specufic prompts and forms. It is a great way to get to know other poets. The dVerse crew are great people.

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      • Thank you for the info about Tanka poems, I do know that but didn’t realize I wasn’t doing it.
        Yes, I will return I enjoy poetry and intend to write more.


  1. I love all the short Japanese forms. They’re a nice challenge to get your message across in a brief format. I’d say you achieved that with your poem. 🙂 Much in our world is senseless…I have to agree with “whippetwisdom” aka Xenia…it starts with each individual. Thank you for joining us at dVerse, Elsie…hope to have you visit us again.
    Gayle ~

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  2. The quadrille was something we sort of invented at dverse for a recurrent prompt. ..based on a dance, if I remember correctly. It consists of exactly 44 words, no more no less. And each prompt asks you to include a specific word. You have all week to link one up.


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