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Splashing Dog

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Splashing Dog

(This is a Tanka:  Japanese poem of five lines, the first and third composed of five
syllables and the others seven. In Japanese, tanka is often written in one straight line,
but in English and other languages, we usually divide the lines into the five syllabic
units: 5-7-5-7-7.)



Splashing Dog
    by Amy Swanson


Great drops of water
     fly vigorously from him!
Black hair glistening
     he gallops through the river,
     stops only to shake himself!

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  1. Date: 2/20/2009 4:09:00 PM
    Amy, thanks for explaining the difference between Japanese and English tankas. And "tanka" you for sharing this image. When dogs shake themselves, they sure do get everyone and everything around them wet! Love, Carolyn

  1. Date: 2/8/2009 11:16:00 AM
    Another wonderfully written piece from you my friend. Love the images in this piece.

  1. Date: 2/8/2009 9:30:00 AM
    well penned, nicely done.. and I think I'm a little smarter today thank you so much for sharing :)

  1. Date: 2/8/2009 8:53:00 AM
    Beautifully written. Déirdre Ó Maidín

  1. Date: 2/8/2009 8:45:00 AM
    Excellent! I just gave my dog a bath and he always shakes himself while he is still in the water soaking me! Love the imagery in this well written Tanka. Love, Shar