Victorious Tanka

Caught in his maelstrom
she survived a winter’s tale.
Fighting against his  
blizzard of heartless demands,
she left when the crocus bloomed.

Written for dVerse, the virtual pub for poets around the globe. Today, Ingrid asks us to consider the bard, William Shakespeare. We may choose a title from a list she gives us, a partial list of his plays. I’ve included A Winter’s Tale within my poem

Also, off-prompt today for NAPOWRIMO, Day 26.

Tanka: A poetic form of 5 lines with the following syllabic requirement: 5-7-5-7-7. Image from

10 thoughts on “Victorious Tanka

  1. calmkate April 26, 2022 / 6:31 pm

    such a hot topic, domestic violence … wish more could leave! And such a worthy tribute


  2. Xan April 26, 2022 / 10:12 pm

    Such a good use of the short form


  3. a.h. starlingsson April 27, 2022 / 12:44 am

    This is so powerful, in storm, in style, and in truth…I can think of one or two men I know who have caused similar, and it does not matter what the culture Scottish the other Estonian..


  4. Gillena Cox April 27, 2022 / 1:09 am

    Nice one!!!



  5. Ingrid April 27, 2022 / 6:09 am

    An excellent tanka, Lillian – always time to leave when such blooms appear!


  6. paeansunplugged April 27, 2022 / 12:49 pm

    Lillian, your short verse is very powerful. If only more had that courage.


  7. merrildsmith April 28, 2022 / 6:59 am

    Good for her! So well told in a few words, Lillian!


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