I walked in the clouds today

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.

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Full Tanka: I Walk


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.