Midnight Sighs

Midnight Sighs: A Waka*

Tender is the night
wordlessly bare and breathless
soft rugged rushed sighs
breaks velvet night’s masked silence—
‘til we said the last goodbyes.

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In response to May Book Prompts –  by Sarah Doughty and MahWrites.

Today’s prompt is Tender Is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Tender Is the Night


The waka is:

  • a pentastich, a poem written in 5 lines.
  • syllabic, 5-7-5-7-7 syllables. 31 onji, in English, 31 syllables.
  • true to the heart of the poet. The inspiration is to be drawn from the experience.
  • an early model for the tanka and many other Japanese forms.
  • gathered into collections. In most Japanese anthologies poems are arranged in seasonal sequence followed by considered, poetic-worthy topics such as love or grief.

40 thoughts on “Midnight Sighs”

      1. EXACTLY. For me too. First it is gross and it is weird. I believe such act should be done in love, without the unnecessary ‘props’ and within the context of marriage. A lot might not agree with me but… that’s how i see it.


  1. Oh my goodness, oh my goodness–this kills me with LOVE…sigh. You’re too good Rosey–and now I have a question: what’s the difference between a waka and a tanka, since the lines/syllables are the same? If you don’t have time to address this, it’s fine–I can Google at my leisure 🙂

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    1. Geez. Thank you! Your poems made me feel the same, my M! 😀 😀 😀
      And… you are right! They have the same number of lines and syllables. You have keen eye, my dear! I didn’t notice that! 😀
      Hmmm. According to my references, Waka is the earliest form of Tanka. So I believe it’s like Waka is the mother and Tanka is its daughter. 😀
      They differ in themes, a bit. Waka: true to the heart of the poet. The inspiration is to be drawn from the experience.
      While Tanka: written as a personal or emotional expression of themes such as natural beauty, love, the impermanence of live, the activities of the common people.


      1. Thank you, always. xxoo
        It sounds as though the 2 forms differ only slightly–I think that I tend to mix ingredients in much of my poetry: sometimes a poem about rain or a sunset includes my feeling about my ghost-love, or some other experience. So maybe I should just call mine Tankas, to be safe 🙂 Your Waka is so incredibly beautiful–I might be able to do a similar one…will ponder later… 🙂 xxoo

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      2. I agree. I think there’s a fine line. And I tend to mix forms too! HAHA. So I am not sure if this one should be called Tanka or Waka because I have never experienced this, yet. 😀
        I would love to read yours if ever your would want to write one! 🙂


      3. Don’t ya hate it when they’re asking you to do something you don’t really have to do?? I’m fine now…deep breaths and some ginger ale–“geez”! xxoo to you!

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  2. Passionate and silky! Loved it! You are an artist sweet Rosema!! ❤ ❤ Left me breathless!
    P.S. LOVE the new face of the blog!! ❤ Dajena

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      1. Ohh, you are a talented young woman, yourself, and a queen of your own (or princess, I think we already established that hehehe) ❤ ❤ love to you!!

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  3. Oooh!!! Our Mr. Grey will definitely have morning sigh with this!! Hahaha. You’ve done very well dear. And I love the hind of longing and craving in this piece. ❤❤❤

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    1. Geez. HAHa. Thank you, Maria! I am quite feeling weird of the two poems I written that’s so sensual. Boyfie asked if it was for him, HAHA! I said he is assuming! 😀 😀 😀


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