As my Facebook friends may know (and others may not), I want to start another poetry challenge. What I mean by that is I miss the old school challenges of my fridge poetry days. I’m one of those weird writers who would rather have rules, themes, constraints, etc, so writing freely is not really a thing for me. So, I did what any logical person would do… I went to Facebook for help. “Tell me what to write about,” I said. I would pick a subject from the comments, put it to form, and voila! Poem time.
This week, I picked this poem idea:
And I decided to make it a Tanka:
A classic form of Japanese poetry, traditionally called a Waka. It is 31 syllables, broken down in a 5-7-5-7-7 meter. In Japanese, these poems are usually one continuous line, but when translated or written in English, they are written in 5 lines.
The (Dis)Likability of Cilantro
The nature of taste
a genetic tendency
to love cilantro
or think it’s like eating soap: