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Tuesday, May 5, 2015


May 5th is a busy day for celebrating.

In Hawaii and Japan, Boys' Day is celebrated on May 5th. Families fly kites, colorful painted carps, from their houses to show a boy lives there to be honored. I've written a poem for this holiday and previously posted it HERE.     http://poetryforkidsjoy.blogspot.com/2013/05/happy-may-5th-boys-day.html

In the Southwest, Cinco de Mayo is celebrated with fiestas and great food today. I've posted an acrostic HERE and a free verse poem HERE ,
and another poem HERE all about Cinco de Mayo.

But, Poem on Your Pillow Day is a new holiday for me.  I can not think of having a pillow poem without thinking of TANKA.  Japanese women would write tanka to put on the pillows of their lovers.  Later women convinced their sponsors to pay to have the poems collected into booklets.  These early booklets were some of the first poetry books published by women poets.  So, here is a tanka for today.

Twenty baby quail
scurry and scatter, running
under their mothers
breasts offering protection
soothing comfort, feathered love

   A tanka is a syllabric poem made up of 5 lines.
Line 1 = 5 syllables
Line 2 = 7 syllables
Line 3 = 5 syllables
Line 4 = 7 syllables
Line 5 = 7 syllables

  It is like a haiku with two extra 7 syllable lines.

  Can you try writing a poem to leave on someone's pillow today?  Have fun writing.


  1. Joy,
    I loved the poem on a pillow, especially your example with baby quail. Sweet! It could be a Mother's Day card. Hmmm....maybe you could develop a line with wildlife. Lots available for dog and cat lovers already. You have so much talent!

    1. Linda, I hope you had a great birthday this week. I enjoyed your 15 word poem on Laurie Purdie Salas' blog today. Well done. You are always so encouraging. Thank you dear friend.

  2. Joy,
    Thanks for the compliments. I don't contribute poems often, but I always have fun when I do. I had a great birthday and lots of BD wishes from good friends, like you! Thank you!