Gold or grave

This is my first stab at writing a Tanka poem. Don't know if I've got it right? 

I called it Gold or grave because I always wonder which to look for.

He's digging again.
His spade as burdensome as
A burly body.
Gold or grave, he wants no hand
I just watch, dodge wanton sand.

Have you written Tanka before? Any tips?


  1. what's a tanka poem zeez?
    and is that one about matt trying to digg a hole?

  2. Ha ha Simon! I guess it's open for interpretation :)

    A Tanka poem generally has five units usually with pattern : 5-7-5-7-7 (thanks wikipedia!)

    I'm testing out different types of poetry. Do you write any poetry or do you stick exclusively to witty/dazzling proposal songs?

  3. Lovely, wrapped up so beautifully :)
    I love writing tanka too!
    Marinela x

  4. Brilliant. I love gold or grave.

  5. Ditto Willow. Love the Tanka!!

    I'm breathing poetry these past days, eating it, too. Mmmm.

  6. I like this poem a lot, especially the idea of a guy digging and we (the readers) don't know if he's digging gold or a grave (perhaps both?). Brilliant.

  7. I have never written Tanka before. I'll have to try it one of these days.

  8. I didn't know what Tanka was either. Thanks for explaining. I liked the poem.

  9. omg how cool! i've never written a tank poem before, i read a ton of it in college!

    thanks for sharing!!