BearSleuth Opinion Piece: Tanking Like a Badass

I’m working on a sumission to Writing Magazine’s Tanka competion, here’s some Tankas that I’m not using. They all follow a syllabic patern of 5-7-5-7-7. Hope you enjoy. In some I have played with some punctuation ideas but none are really a finished product.


I take a slow sip,
coffee swirls around my mouth.
I just want to sleep.
Counting Syllables on hands.
I hate this fucking tanka.

The Northern Quarter

Pop culture Kingdom.
Church for the Rebellious.
Home for the misfit.
A place where ‘normal’ is shunned.
And yet here I am alone.


Five hours of labour
Four long trips to hospital
Three A-Stars in math
Two idiots in a car
One body identified


A reluctant hero

The damsel needs to be saved

Refusal of the call

The dragon kills the damsel

Hero hangs himself in the chuch.

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