Visions of Love (Tanka Series #1)

A Tanka is a Japanese form of poetry, which is related to its cousin Haiku.  The poem uses 31 syllables covering five lines (with syllable counts following a 7, 5, 5, 7 and 7 sequence).  An effective Tanka uses personification, metaphors, and similes in its construction, and it performs well in expressing a mood, a thought, or a feeling.   

Love fills the cosmos

Dancing among twinkling stars

Destined to shout out

Galaxies singing with joy

Witnessing marital bliss

mountain under starry sky during nighttime

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Love breathing with joy

Smiling with each encounter

Spanning countless miles

Igniting one connection

Nurturing with every kiss

man kissing his woman

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Love struggles at times

Drowning in desert valleys

Clawing for ways out

Traversing each mountaintop

Shouting with joy, a new start

man and woman sitting on rock

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