top of page
  • smshige3

Dragon Boy

They all called me Ping

Got it from an Elvis film

They didn’t know me

I am no white man’s servant

Provoke dragon boy and see

Healing and having fun with Tanka, a longer version of Haiku, with two additional lines of 7 syllables, so 5-7-5-7-7, though traditionally written in a single line of 31 syllables. Mine's about the struggle for dignity after being labeled for Elvis Presley's Chinese servant in Blue Hawaii, who he calls, "boy" and pats on the head. Let's see your Tanka!

32 views0 comments

Recent Posts

See All


bottom of page