Shadows stain asphalt,
roads tainted with silhouettes,
light consumed by dark,
salt crystals masked by ebony,
till night, when Sun flees the sky.
Tankas are five-line poems originating from Japan, though in a short time, they have become popular in English poetry too. Like haiku, its shorter poetic counterpart, the tanka’s short structure means that precise word choice and painting a picture in the reader’s mind is at the forefront of writing in this style.