Tanka – 5 Lines

The Tanka poem is very similar to haiku but Tanka poems have more syllables and it uses simile, metaphor and personification. There are five lines in a Tanka poem. Tanks poems are written about nature, seasons, love, sadness and other strong emotions. This form of poetry dates back almost 1200 years ago. Here is my first attempt 🙂

any day now tides turn

a full moon sets new moon rises

any night now just wait

 a new dawn fast approaches

 this morning is not broken

© 2016 Michael D Emmerich

Morning Dew

a new day dawns

the same as yesterday

but it is oh so different

dew glistens across the valley

casting fast disappearing rainbows

chased by bleeding colours across the sky

a new palette of shades awaits

grasp that brush

visualise your perfect picture

experience new found colours

and shadows

beauty whilst transient is eternal

serendipitous blessings in each new moment

reach out and grasp the day

this ephemeral beauty

must not escape

© 2016 Michael D Emmerich

Just another day at the office

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Pictures taken in South Africa at Witsieshoek, at 3000m in the Drakensberg Mountains. The temp was 4 deg C with a wind chill of -7 deg C … just another day at the office 🙂

A Symbiotic Life

A blog I follow posted the following stunning pictures of moss growing on a tree. The pictures inspired me to write the following poem.



new life crawls over the old
 masking the scars of the past
 choke, mask, regenerate?
 do we discard progress
so not to mask the past
 is harmony possible?

the new need not choke history
like moss
let the new enrich
beautifying the scars of our past travails
old and new
a symbiotic relationship
survival is dependent on the other

let the past benefit from the new
without causing harm
both have the ability to harm
the path of balance needs to be learnt
past, present and the way ahead
the way of the cleaning symbiosis
discarding the excess


© 2016 Michael D Emmerich