"Tanka" by Sadakichi Hartmann was offered by Poets.org's Poem-A-Day on March 8, 2014. A link to the poem may be found here: http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/23912?utm_source=PAD%3A+Tanka+by+Sadakichi+Hartmann&utm_campaign=poemaday_030814&utm_medium=email.
Sadakichi Hartmann (1867 - 1944) (pictured) was born in Japan to a German father and a Japanese mother. He became an American citizen in 1894 and composed some of the first short Japanese form poems in English. Additional biographical information may be found here: http://www.english.illinois.edu/maps/poets/g_l/hartmann/life.htm.
"Tanka" is presented as six numbered tanka. A note published with the poem defined the tanka form as having a total of thirty-one syllables in the familiar 5-7-5-7-7 arrangement. Interestingly, Hartmann does not strictly follow his own rules--some lines have more than the required number of syllables. Also, there is a rhyme scheme--something not usually present in tanka, but falling pleasantly on the ear all the same.