Monday, December 23, 2019

Tanka Origins, Issue 2, December 2019

My thanks to the editor, an'ya, for her lovely commentary!


painted ladies
hitch rides on the wind
my journey
was without direction
before you came along


"The tanka by Debbie, on a favorite subject of mine, painted lady (butterflies). This assumption is created by lines one and two. However, line three twists this into something more. Depending on how you read this tanka, the reference in lines four and five could mean ladies-of-the-night, one of them given direction by whomever came calling. A tanka that allows readers more than one option."

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