Tanka – Luca’s Lily Pad


two otters
float across the moon
holding hands
on the bridge we watch
the world flow by

Commentary: A tanka 短歌 (‘short poem’) with a classic and timeless aftertaste focused on love (ai 愛), the main theme of this poetic genre along with nature (shizen 自然). The reader is gently brought into an emotional scene, where the two lovers, holding their hands, look down to the river and follow the movement of two otters (kawauso 川獺) floating across the moon’s reflections. The author also skillfully plays on the contrast between transience (the trail of water left by the otters) and immanence (the eternity of the lovers’ feelings), giving the work as a whole an undeniable depth and value.


LUCA’S LILY PAD – MY HAIKU POND – 21 January 2-19



About Martha Magenta

Martha Magenta is an award-winning haiku poet living in Bristol, England, UK. She has a passion for herbalism, gardening, veganism, animal rights, Earth and the environment. She has worked for ActionAid, and Friends of the Earth. Her poetry, haiku, haibun, senryu, and tanka have appeared in many journals, magazines, and anthologies. She was awarded first, second and third prizes and Honourable Mentions in contests for haiku, tanka and haibun in 2017 - 2019. She is listed on The European Top 100 haiku authors, 2017 and 2018. She collects her published work on a blog: https://marthamagenta.com/
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