Double Tanka of Night Tears

The moon will listen,
If you shed every tear,
In black night glisten;
Drive away all of your fear,
As she draws you ever near.


She will do no harm,
Nor give you cause for alarm;
But she has no arms
To hold, but plenty of charms
To enfold, never to scold.


Tanka of Hope and Gratitude

Hope has returned;
Faith, too, has been restored
By sweet Sélená,
So by me so adored,
Of my spirit, mistress lord.


I have to say, “Thank you” to BeeHappee for leading me to another fun challenge, the challenge of Tanka, another poetic form of which I’ve not been familiar. Tanka is another Japanese poem-form consisting of five lines, the first and third of which have five syllables and the other seven, making 31 syllables in all and giving a complete picture of an event or mood; from tan meaning “short” and ka meaning “song.” This was fun, too, but even harder than the Haiku!