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 Poets.org.