Help me, I’ve been tagged by the T.A.P Tag

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Fewer things scare me more than trying to write poetry that has strict syllable limitations. I can’t even keep my episode reviews to an approximate 100 words let alone try and say anything useful in five lines, but here we go. Thanks to the wonderful Alex Prange (link below in the rules), I’m giving this a go. Now I could have passed on the tag except that I do love a challenge and as much as this one seems like an enterprise doomed to failure I refuse to turn tail and run.

Unless it ends badly in which case I will flee the country or at the very least severely edit the post.

Rules of the tag:

  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! (Thanks Alex)
  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 (Sharing the love with Rocco B, Raistlin, and Chloe – apologies if you’ve done this one.)

Yuri on Ice – Victor’s Tears


Words with edge like glass

Shatter heart and illusions

Begin dream anew

See truth of love and person

Bind hearts closer than before.

March Comes in Like a Lion – Rei’s Untouchable Sunshine


The sunlit goddess

Draws me like moth to candle

But I cannot touch

Distance expands between us

I raise the pedestal high.

Madoka Magica – Homura’s Selfish Wish


This dark, crazy world

Alone I face all trials

For I chose this path

Denying other’s choices

Rejected their oblation.

And that is my somewhat feeble attempt at poetry. Hopefully you somewhat enjoyed that and I certainly enjoyed the challenge of trying to put them together. I think Victor’s turned out the best but I’d love to know what you thought of them so leave me a comment even if it is just to tell me not to count on a career as a poet.

Thanks for reading.

Karandi James


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25 thoughts on “Help me, I’ve been tagged by the T.A.P Tag

  1. Well, I’m glad you accepted the tag. I also didn’t tag you originally because I felt that you were too busy and it was a bit “out of your style”, but the poems you did were really good! Don’t be too hard on yourself, tanka is a freeform, you can be a little flexible.

    Honestly, I’m just happy this tag has kicked off. It’s pretty great!

    1. Tragically there’s the create a story tag that I needed to answer over the weekend.
      That is a trainwreck of a story given the 1000 word limit and I’m still debating whether to scrap my draft or let it publish.
      Though if it is other short stories I may or may not be working on a project…

      1. Oh yeah. That limit was tough, but I enjoyed the challenge it imposed. At the end of the day, it probably helped my story to be way less smu–I mean unnecessarily wordy.

        Oooh, intriguing. Looking forward to what may or may come in the future.

      1. English Language Haiku are a bit more flexible in that respect… Though 3-5-3 is preferred over 5-7-5, so long as it’s short-long-short and the long isn’t too long, it’s acceptable.

  2. Erm….okay…erm (in case you are wondering no I am not for even a single second debating wether or not your post was beautiful: it was 😊). But erm…I have absolutely zero knowledge about poetry. So…this means I am going to have to do some research ( but I did not have any knowledge about harems either so there is that 😊) .
    Well….thank you for tagging me ( I think…😂). But you don’t have to flee the country: you’ve made a really nice post of this one.
    Ps….speaking of tags 😉

    1. I enjoy poetry that aims to describe emotions that are difficult to articulate otherwise. Restricting yourself with syllables helps purify the core of what your trying to express. Plus I don’t want to read syrupy over the top emotional expressions. simple to the point is best. For example

      Dead leaves
      All that remains
      Of my energy

      1. The original post gives some insight into the nature of tanka. Like haiku, it’s so much more than just syllable count. The structure is important too.

      1. Aww, thanks: These were wonderful, and quite helpful too I might add 😊 Still it’s going to be a pretty hard one to do for me, as I really wasn’t lying: I have zero percent experience when it comes to these. But, then again…I like a challenge 😀

    2. I swear I haven’t forgotten (I’m just really slack – no that doesn’t sound any better). I will get to that.
      In the meantime, please enjoy your poetry distraction, although don’t feel obligated to do it.

      1. really is okay: absolutely no worries at all. I am enjoying a heatwave here currently (absolutely feel that I am living inside a volcano, so that is kind of fun). But really as I said: no worries at all. There is no rush😊)
        Well, I am working on another tag post that will be released on sunday, and there are some things up for review too. But I always like tags that are somewhat more unique (and this one certainly is that) so I will do it, but I do really have to do some research for it. I wasn’t kidding I really have no idea how to write these 😂😂

        1. I did like how that one turned out. The Madoka one felt a little too forced to fit the syllables so I wasn’t exactly happy with that one.

      1. Sorry not sorry. Okay, wait, I am sorry; however, I love the tankas! 🙂 Thanks for obliging my tagging you!

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