Random with Purpose

Sun rises and sets
Rain knows only one direction
Clouds conflate and separate
Darkness is silent and still
Until I crush it with shadows


This month is National Tanka Month, or #NaTankaMo. In honor of this celebration of tanka, I would like to focus on three of the 5-line Japanese forms: tanka, kyoka and gogyohka.

The Gogyohka is a relatively new form of five-line poetry. Unlike tanka and kyoka, it has no structural requirements or thematic tendencies; it only needs to be written in five lines. Jane Dougherty reminds us that “each line is a phrase, it can be of any length, even a single word, but the line break comes when there is a breath pause.”

About Mary (tqhousecat)

I am a wife and a mother of two grown children. I love Jesus and sharing my faith through written words. I currently have a poetry blog and also write on medium.com. My main focus is hope in Christ. I only wish that whoever reads this will be blessed, inspired and occasionally amused.
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7 Responses to Random with Purpose

  1. Frank Hubeny says:

    I like the description of rain as knowing only one direction (unlike the sun).


  2. I like your contrast of the natural stillness of darkness crushed by your own shadows. Beautiful and poignant!

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  3. Beverly Crawford says:

    Crunching darkness with shadows … now that’s a feat!! Great line.


  4. Helen Dehner says:

    I love the various emotions in this … very nice.


  5. hank77 says:


    Things have been bad, Mary! Yes, we have to make some strong decisions!



  6. calmkate says:

    tantalising emotion tied to weather, and that last line!


  7. memadtwo says:

    Rain knows only one direction…that line sticks with me. (K)


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