Thursday, November 20, 2014

Tanka--By Shloka Shankar--India

a blue sky
bursts into silence...
these aches
feel so familiar now
as I let them go

(First published in Issue 1 of Frameless Sky) 

paint summer hues...
the labyrinthine
wanderings of my heart
in this wilderness

an empty nest
dangles from the branch...
still hoping
to revive what we had
so many moons ago

Shloka Shankar resides in India, and works as a freelance writer. A contributing poet in over half a dozen anthologies such as The Dance of the Peacock, Traversal of Lines, Family Matters, Emanations IV, and Rainbow Hues, among others, Shloka has also seen her poems published in journals like Ekphrasis, Writers Asylum, The Literary Yard, Urban Confustions, Wordweavers, Verse Wrights, Miracle-ezine, and Cafe Dissensus.


  1. Shloka,
    I loved these...especially the 2nd one!

    1. Hi David,

      Thank you so much for your warm words of encouragement :) So glad you loved my tanka :)

  2. Hi, Shloka, I am not that familiar with the rules of Tanka, but your verses read so colorful and filled with life and imagery! I am so pleased to have the opportunity to read you here on this Whispers journal! Sheri /

    1. Thank you so much, Sheri :) :) It's equally wonderful to share the same space as all of you :)

  3. Shioka, thank you for sharing with us Whispers, this Tanka. I loved them all but the last one had special meaning for me. I really appreciate your talent.
    Love, Charlene

  4. Thank you for sharing these tanka with us, Shloka. :) I will share them with a friend of mine.

  5. Dear Shloka,

    Your Tanka's are beautifully written. I enjoyed visualizing the colorful imagery you used for each one as well as thoughtfulness that went into them. Thank you for sharing your work with us.


  6. Very nice work, Shloka. I enjoyed all three. Thank you for sharing and continued blessings!

    -MJ (