Definition #204 Tanka Poem

baby quail

                                                                               baby quail

Tanka Poem by Joy Acey:
Twenty baby quail
scurry and scatter, running
under their mothers
breasts offering protection
soothing comfort, feathered love

A tanka is a syllabric poem made up of 5 lines.
Line 1 = 5 syllables
Line 2 = 7 syllables
Line 3 = 5 syllables
Line 4 = 7 syllables
Line 5 = 7 syllables

It is like a haiku with two extra 7 syllable lines.

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