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A tanka is another poetry type related to the haiku. The first three lines are unrhymed. They have a syllable count of five, seven, five like the haiku. But the last two lines both have seven syllables. So the syllable count is: (5, 7, 5, 7, 7)


    Tares or Sheaves

    Souls are merely seeds 5 syllables
    growing in a vast garden 7 syllables
    justly pruned by life 5 syllables
    watered by tears of passion 7 syllables
    harvested in due season 7 syllables
    - written by geoniasha

    Soul's Unseen Orchids

    Stars are falling within us
    Growing tiny roots
    With feeble stems out of which
    Unseen orchids are blooming.
    - written by Daniela Albu

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