#TankaTuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 297, 11/8/2022, #SpecificForm: Kouta


Hello, this week Colleen has asked us to write a Kouta for her specific form.

The elements of Kouta are:

a poem in 4 lines. (an occasional 5th line may appear)
a standalone poem, but its often is accompanied by other Koutas with the same theme.
syllabic, variable odd numbered syllable lengths, the most common patterns are written in lines of alternating 7-5-7-5 syllables or 7-7-7-5 syllables.
secular, personal, themes of ordinary life.
often include onomatopoeia (defined above).


Β© willowdot21,

Rasping breath deep in her throat
Pit pat, pit pat paws
So slow now but she is loved.
Little hands caress

Dreams of speed and days gone by
She was a first class guide dog
The shrill trill of the whistle
A far off echo.



23 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. brittabenson
    Nov 08, 2022 @ 18:02:33

    Beautiful tribute to a much loved pet! So sweet and melancholy. Well done!


  2. Ritu
    Nov 08, 2022 @ 20:18:28

    Aw, beautiful Ruby πŸ’›πŸ’›πŸ’›


  3. quiall
    Nov 08, 2022 @ 20:23:54

    Very touching . . .


  4. Colleen M. Chesebro
    Nov 09, 2022 @ 15:21:16

    So sweet… I love Ruby. She’s a real gem! Well done, Willow. πŸ’œ


  5. Lisa
    Nov 09, 2022 @ 17:00:36

    Aww… so sweet. The joys of retirement aren’t just for humans.


  6. Marje @ Kyrosmagica
    Nov 10, 2022 @ 10:23:41

    Excellent Willow, I tried but not sure it worked! Lol. A new form to me but one to have a go… I had fun with it though.


  7. Dan Antion
    Nov 12, 2022 @ 12:09:10

    Getting some of the love she has willingly given all her life.


  8. jazzytower
    Nov 13, 2022 @ 22:08:12

    Very much a family member, still sharing love.



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  10. ben Alexander
    Nov 14, 2022 @ 10:02:06

    Incredibly sweet, Willow ❀



  11. Gwen M. Plano
    Nov 14, 2022 @ 20:38:39

    Ahhh, so tender, so sweet. ❀️


  12. Reena Saxena
    Nov 15, 2022 @ 15:46:49

    Retirement gave her young companions πŸ™‚


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