Burrowing Deep…A Hybrid Survives

Photo by: Genie Nakano, Somewhere in Iceland

A Tanka Response beginning with Genie Nakano from Los Angeles, CA, United States and Gerry Jacobson from Canberra, Australia–Australia’s Capital.
Gerry’s tanka are italicized.

Governor declares
our city is in drought
barefooted
in the falling rain
happy I don't believe 

oh there's 
carbon in the air
and the levee is dry
for the climate 
is a changin'

oh, sky don't cry
trees that look up to you
are dying 
from your tears
that drop the acid rain

ribbon gum next door
attacked by chainsaws-
I leave the house
and dull the pain
with tea and cake and poetry

prose 
keeps the insane, sane
after I'm underground
I'll have no use for words
earth churns winter into spring

out of tombs 
and sepulchers
the wildwood grows
fertilized
forgotten griefs

seeds
blown to foreign lands
burrowing deep 
into black lava sands
a hybrid survives

Australian airman
'neath English turf
since 
1941
"greater love hath no man"

pulling me down
the cries of living ghosts
mankind
with war and bombs
sets the earth on fire

scarred 
by broken glass
my playground
rubble and ruin
the bomb sites of London

ashes, ashes
on fallen snow
the mulberry tree
blooms again
nature changes -- never dies

crunching frost
in the glow of dawn
and the full moon
hanging out up there
with Jupiter and Venus

First published 2016 by
GINNINDERRA PRESS PO  Box 3461 Port Adelaide SA Australia
www:gininderrapress.com.au 

Gerry Jacobson In a past life, he worked as a geologist.  Now he travels to visit grandchildren in Sydney and Stockholm writing tanka in the cafe's of those cities.  Gerry also composes 'tankaprose, which has been published in journals including Haibun Today and Atlas Poetica.  His recent chapbook, Dancing with Another Me, celebrates his resurrection as a dancer.


Published by genienakano

I love writing--It's my joy, my therapy--my confession. I'm a performer, dancer, yoga and meditation instructor, write a poetry column for Rafu Shimpo. Growth and love of life is a key to my happiness.

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