Posted in Other Poems, Poetry

Life Is A Cup Of Coffee

cafe tables full
travellers rest their weary souls
cappuccinos chatter 

 coffee cools, cups slowly emptied
life’s hectic race begins again 

MikeJackson©2011

During a visit this afternoon to a very busy coffee shop this came to mind and I decided to have a go at a ‘Tanka’ – it could loosely be defined as a Haiku with two added lines. Jane Reichhold in her book ‘Writing & Enjoying Haiku’ suggests that you should try to see if the haiku and the last two lines can both stand on their own as poems – I’ve tried but I’m not sure.

Shared with The Purple Treehouse and  Haiku My Heart

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Now that I'm retired I have more time to devote to writing my blog and creating short stories.

41 thoughts on “Life Is A Cup Of Coffee

    1. Thanks for your comments Amy.
      A month ago I had never written any poetry but the great blogs I have found have inspired me. I keep discovering new forms and they age great fun trying. I particularly like the etheree and will try it again soon.
      The Jane Reichhold book about haiku that I mentioned in this post is a great read with some tremendous advice about how to write haiku.

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  1. I was trying Heaven’s tanka test of reading lines three, four and five together when I noticed something. Your lines can be scrambled in any order and still make sense. This has to be the ultimate tanka.

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  2. You are talking about one of my favorite subjects … a great cup of coffee, savored in the midst of bustling … and for those moments – time stands still for ultimate enjoyment. Nicely done!!

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  3. Mike, Since I am not a formally trained poet and have no experience with Waka, Tanka, Haiku or any of these other forms of writing, I can’t evalute your accuracy but I can have an opinion on the content – it’s marvelous and make me want a cup of coffee, lol. Truly, well done! Peace 🙂

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