A Floating World…poetic history of tanka

Before Japan was performed as short songs in five lines short  long  short   long   long Heian imperial court was well versed in  tanka after a love affair exchanges of erotic tanka was expected proper etiquette Women were the best of tanka‚Äôs golden era yearning, soaring tales of love, nature, war passion prevailed In 750 ADContinue reading “A Floating World…poetic history of tanka”

Sun Flower

Sun Flowers my mother was a painter, my father a poet, I danced into life… I have a painting in the kitchen Sunflowers unsigned, undated, said to be my mother’s the flowers are big bold free unlike her style yet Auntie says… “for sure, it’s your mother’s” I stare into their bright yellowness Four BrightContinue reading “Sun Flower”

further farther beyond

Further, Farther and Beyond             bright eyes lashes fluttering into mine time to play she says– wake up no, you cannot sleep   on puffy pillows  we pretend to eat a feast savory  and sweet calorie free for me eat it all and then   plastic fruit knives, forks and spoons dish up colorful makeContinue reading “further farther beyond”

Counting my Breath

Counting my Breath what can you say about the sun, moon, stars while sky holds them up do they have a choice looking out my window figures walk their dogs some run some trot some stop to smell the roses I planted on the curb I watch them sniff then off they go please spreadContinue reading “Counting my Breath”

Bodhisattva

At night our little black dog snuggles between us lies on his back and snores loudly snip, brush, snip around his furry face Bodhi loves it all tilts his head way back crooning to the moon Bodhisattva means, Buddha in training…’ they say all good dogs go to heaven I hope to meet him thereContinue reading “Bodhisattva”

Akiko Yosano #2

Akiko is my favorite tanka poet. Her tanka were bold, sensuous and controversial. Here is my tanka in honor of Akiko and below it are examples of her tanka from the book “Tangled Hair.” They were chosen randomly. The book is excellent and has 165 of her tanka, notes and her biography. Akiko wrote 50Continue reading “Akiko Yosano #2”