You Don’t Know How It Feels (a Tanka)

You don’t understand
I can’t explain it to you
You’re not in my head
Don’t say you know how I feel
You’ve never walked in my shoes


Originally published on Darkness of His Dreams on 4/27/17.

For those not familiar with the form, a Tanka is a thirty-one-syllable Japanese poetic form, traditionally written in a single unbroken line. A form of waka, Japanese song or verse, tanka translates as “short song,” and is better known in its five-line, 5/7/5/7/7 syllable count form. You can learn more about the Tanka form at


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