Everyone familiar with a haiku? To have everyone on the same page, a haiku is traditionally about evoking the images of nature with 3 lines and a syllabic structure of 5-7-5.  Haiku’s sister, tanka, gives a complete picture of an event or mood with 5 lines and syllabic structure of 5-7-5-7-7.  Both of these types of poems originate from Japan.

Bestial Crime

Pushed, threatened, gagged, stabbed [5]
“GET OUT OF ME!” I cried.  “STOP!” [7]
Father, I’m 14 [5]
Shoved, gagged, stabbed 8 months onward [7]
Infant wails in the sewer [7]

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