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:
- Headline your post with “The T.A.P. Tag!” and put “tanka” as one of your tags.
- Make sure to link back to the original post that started the tag (this post!).
- Make sure to mention the person who
forcedintroduced the tag to you! (Thanks Alex)
- Pick 1-3 of your favorite anime.
- 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.
- 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.
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25 thoughts on “Help me, I’ve been tagged by the T.A.P Tag”
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!
Good stuff. So when can we expect to start seeing short stories, too? Haha
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…
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.
It is probably more a case of whether I do or do not ever find the time to finish it.
I write haiku – and that’s pretty hard even without writing to a topic.
Strict syllable limitations – they just aren’t very flexible.
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.
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 😉
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
All that remains
Of my energy
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.
Adding a plant or animal always helps as well
Drinking morning coffee
Raistlin is peaceful
A blooming orchid
Karandi watches anime
To look at the sparrows
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 😀
YEES! I exitedly await for yours. 🙌🙌
Thanks for sharing your advice. Good to have a voice of more experience.
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.
Lol..it 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 😂😂
Very nice, I loved these. I’m so glad the T.A.P. Tag exists.
I was just hoping to not get tagged by this one because I knew how hard I would find it.
Well I think you did great. That Victor one was my favourite. 😁👍
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.
Sorry not sorry. Okay, wait, I am sorry; however, I love the tankas! 🙂 Thanks for obliging my tagging you!
I ended up enjoying the challenge, though I was definitely stumped to start with.