Dogwoods and Daughters
I never thought t’ask
She never made the promise
But when the Dogwoods blossom
I wish my mother could have
Lived to meet my sweet daughters
Image Credit – By Famartin (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
A note of Japanese poetry forms
A tanka is a type of Japanese poetry that pre-dates haiku. Its form is made up of a 5-7-5, kami-no-ku (upper phrase), and a 7-7, shimo-no-ku (lower phrase).
More haiku, tanka, and other waka forms at Hillbilly Haiku.