I walked in the clouds today, I wish you could have seen it.
Seas of mist danced over the hills and I was in the sky.
The trees were shadows that my hands passed through.
The landscape reflected the heavens and I walked among both.
I was alone.
Never have I felt so together.
Traditional tanka contain five lines instead of haiku’s three, and 31 syllables instead of 17. The structure is that of a haiku followed by two additional lines of seven syllables each: 5-7-5-7-7.
What glory in fields
And delight in child blue sky.
What wonder in sun
And wind fresh from distant sea.
I walk from troubles to peace.