Tanka Poem Based on Education


A kite without string
plays dead in the dust, whirlwinds
toss her rudderless –
books are the wind beneath her
wings, watch her eclipse the sun.

©Namratha Varadharajan


TANKA:  Tanka is a short form of Japanese poetry that follows the syllable count 5-7-5-7-7. Traditionally, it is printed in one long line. Adapted in english, it usually has two halves with the middle line acting as a pivot.


Tanka poem inspired by Malala
Photo via The Malala Fund Facebook page
If one girl with an education can change the world what can 130 million do?
Malala is no stranger to any of us. She was shot by the Taliban for speaking out publicly for the education of girls. She received the Nobel Peace prize when she was 15! Her well-known book “I am Malala” is a touching and inspirational first person narrative of her journey. I believe in the power of education and I wrote about how my mother-in-law lives by the quote “An Education for all” just like Malala. Malala continues to champion the cause of education for every girl throughout the world through the Malala Education Fund. 

If you are inspired by her and her organization and decide to use it as an inspiration for a poem/article, do leave the link in the comment and I will be sure to read, comment and share it.

For each letter this April, I shall be presenting a poem inspired by ‘something’ that is making our world a little bit kinder, a little bit greener. The ‘something’ is a mix of people, movements, thoughts, or organizations who are having a positive influence on the world around us. Read all the posts in ‘Poetry For A Cause’ series by linking the button below.


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