Four Brief Poems

 Tanka Tuesday # 249


Four brief poems on the theme prompt "kindness."  Three are new-to-me invented forms, one is a zappai.   My kindness to you is that they are brief, as new forms take some practice before getting them "right!"

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Kindness shows herself

Sweetest of all the graces

Gentle, merciful

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A Cadence poem, invented by Ella Cunningham.

(7 lines, 1/2/3/4/4/8/5, no rhyme, strong end words no prepositions or articles.)



is loving

compassion’s milk.

The giving heart

never looks out for own int’rests,

but freely given.

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The short-but-sweet 2 line poem, 4 syllables each line,  For-Get-Me-Not, by Viola Gardner. 

Kindness a grace

Mercy embrace 

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The Brevee, Marie Adams,  has 6 lines, 2/2/4/2/2/4, rhyming aabccb.



finds us

giving freely

small things

joy brings

love really


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  1. I loved all of them. I haven't tried those three either.

    1. Kindness was a tricky prompt word, so I thought I'd try some short forms I'd never tried before.

  2. I loved these poems, Lisa. I like how you tried different forms, too. The last poem has such lovely rhythm. Excellent. <3

  3. great selection: All lovely. thanks for sharing.

  4. They are beautiful, I love the simplicity of the words.

  5. If you look up Tri Cube by Baptiste Paul - you can print out the instructions
    (though be warned the site is not secure.)

    I thought it was simple... but it is more complex. I'd probably do my own thing...
    But all new forms are just jump off points for creative folks.

    Thanks for sharing the info on the other forms you used.

    I made up the Sebunku you can find that on a page at my place.

    It is a kindness to share:)

    1. I have heard of Tri Cube, but never tried.
      I will definitely be checking out your Sebunku! Today in fact.


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