Tanka Writing Roundtable • Fall 2009
Dr. Randy Brooks

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Lauren Modlin

Tanka Therapy

Lauren Modlin

Before taking the Tanka Writing Roundtable I barely knew waht a tanka as. Now that I have, I absolutely love it! Writing tanka became the best form of therapy I have ever had. It has taught me to not only reflect on the bad but also the good. Both are shown within my tanka.

no matter where
I am in the
As long as I'm in your arms
     I'm home

counting the days
until its time
to go home,
back to my goofy
family and crazy friends

finally back
into your arms—
the feeling that everything
will be alright
seeps through me


if I fall, will you pick me up?
if I cry, will you wipe my tears?
be my prince?
to save me from

© 2009, Randy Brooks • Millikin University
All rights returned to authors upon publication.