Bill Waters ~~ Haiku

Haiku + Tanka, Haibun, Rengay, Shahai, & More

Two tanka

Earth: Our Common Ground

Earth: Our Common Ground.

scent of berry bush
and sun-warm turf . . .
we stand and breathe
rooted to the rutted earth
and reaching like myrtles

three deer
slip into the woods . . .
twilight deepens
the mystery
of existence


Published in the anthology Earth: Our Common Ground, by Skylark Publishing, Claire Everett (ed.), April 2017.

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4 thoughts on “Two tanka

  1. Gary Waters on said:

    Very nice, Bill. I think she’s copying your style…

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  2. I have developed an interest in haikus in the past year, I can’t write them at all but oh do I admire the ones that can! Your pieces are beautiful!

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    • Hey, thank you so much! :- D

      If you’d like to write haiku (or write tanka, as in this post), one of the best things you can do is just keep on reading them. You might be surprised by how much you can learn about them that way! (You may want to check out http://www.theheronsnest.com for haiku and http://www.americantanka.com for tanka, if you haven’t already.)

      Beyond that, I’d be happy to point you toward some instructional materials, if you’d like to try your hand at writing some.

      Thanks again for your comment! _/|\_

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