Tanka – Le Lumachine

she gazes
into the distance
across the sea
she remembers the babies
who never came home

lo guardo fisso
in lontananza
attraverso il mare
ricorda i bambini
che non sono mai tornati a casa


in the deepening shadows
of the woods
the edge of the wind cuts deep –
these wounds that never heal


ferite mai guarite…
da qualche parte
nelle crescenti ombre
dei boschi
la lama tagliente del vento


(published on Frameless Sky. issue 8, June 2018)
Le Lumachine, Contemporary Tanka in Italy and the World, 31 December 2018

Italian translation




About marthamagenta

Martha Magenta lives in Bristol, England, UK. Her haiku, haibun, senryu, and tanka have appeared in a number of journals, magazines, and anthologies. She was awarded Honourable Mentions for her haiku in The Fifth Annual Peggy Willis Lyles Haiku Awards, 2017, and the 71st Basho Memorial English Haiku Contest, 2017, and for her tanka in UHTS “Fleeting Words” Tanka Contest 2017. She is listed on The European Top 100 haiku authors, 2017. https://marthamagenta.com/
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