Week Eighteen: The Somonka

Introduction

If you enjoyed last week’s form, The Tanka, you should enjoy The Somonka twice as much! It is simply two tankas written in conversation with one another. Traditionally, the somonka reflects upon a theme of love and is written by two authors. But you may find modern somonka written by a single author in two voices. The theme of love may also be adapted and expanded beyond purely romantic sentiments to include love of friends and family, a precious object, or even the world itself.

Example

“Sugar,” by Robert Lee Brewer

I’m waiting to die;
I think it will happen soon–
this morning, I saw
two bright hummingbirds battling
over some sugar water.

I know; I was there.
I chased after them for you
until thirst stopped me.
Fetch me some water. I have
a little sugar for you.

Requirements of the Form

Structure

– Consists of two five-line tankas for a total of ten lines

Content

– Usually revolves around a theme of love
– The second tanka responds to the first in some way

~~For all other requirements, see last week’s post~~

An Original Somonka

Winter/Fall

You love the winter,
the delicacy of snow.
I love your warmth,
the lightness of your fingers,
your perfect paper snowflakes.


You love the autumn
a golden world unfolding
I love your growth
dexterous like a spider
weaving into creation

Notes on Our Original Somonka

Special thanks to my lovely wife, Emily, who contributed the second tanka of this somonka.

Links to Online Resources

Somonka – Writer’s Digest
Somonka – Poet’s Collective
American Tanka
Tanka – Writer’s Digest
Tanka – AHA Poetry

**SHARE YOUR OWN SOMONKA IN THE COMMENTS, AND DON’T FORGET TO COME BACK NEXT WEEK TO SEE THE NEXT FORM: THE ALPHABET POEM!**

–Creative works are owned by the author and subject to copyright laws

5 thoughts on “Week Eighteen: The Somonka

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    1. adamoftheuniverse

      Hey Janea, thanks so much for checking out my blog and for the kind words. I’m not familiar with the Liebster Award, but I’ll definitely check it out. Cheers!

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