After Rain, the World is New

Featured Photo by Zoltan Tasi on Unsplash

glistening droplets
sustain weary foragers
ancient submission
tall wet grass gives in bows down
after rain – the world is new

© Josie Kirkwood 2020

Previously published in ‘House of Haiku’ on Medium 15 February 2020.

Tanka (‘short song’) is a short poem format, containing a haiku, following the traditional Japanese form of 31 syllables, usually in one line. Contemporary Tanka usually follows the form of 5 lines: 5/7/5/7/7, usually with a pivot in the third line—the last two lines answering the embedded haiku in the first three lines.