Category Archives: tanka

One Man’s Maple Moon: Raindrops Tanka

English Original   raindrops inch their way down the pane joining and separating our lives   First published: Frameless Sky, June 2017   Martha Magenta   Chinese Translation (Traditional) 雨滴 一步一步地 朝向窗格下方趨近 加入和分隔 我們的生活   Chinese Translation (Simplified) 雨滴 一步一步地 … Continue reading

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Tanka – Blithe Spirit

  the wind punches a paper bag against a wall the red-raw places and bruise-black holes   Blithe Spirit, Journal of the British Haiku Society, Vol 28 number 3, August 2018, ISSN 1353-3320 http://britishhaikusociety.org.uk/journal/

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Tanka – Frameless Sky

  dawn slips through the city on the river a chiffchaff brings the news of spring     shadows move through stones in shards of moonlight the jagged edges of truth between us     last relative – my roots … Continue reading

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Tanka – Moonbathing

  the pebbles I throw into the lake sink without a ripple his cold words fall into silence   © Martha Magenta   Moonbathing – a journal of women’s tanka, Issue 18, Spring/Summer 2018

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Tanka – Red Lights

  coronation year – a monkey dances on the organ while mother shows me off in the street   the blackbird ends its song in the quiet afternoon I place violets on mother’s grave   © Martha Magenta Red Lights … Continue reading

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Tanka – Red Lights

  I remember discovering the sea for the first time floating in a car inner tube with my father in his happy days     in the attic I discover memories hidden away the last vestige of scent from a … Continue reading

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Tanka – Eucalypt

  bindweed slowly chokes the elderberry how your lies slowly stifled the love between us   Martha Magenta   Eucalypt: A Tanka Journal, May 2018 https://jthorndyke.files.wordpress.com/2017/02/eucalypt-order-form-2017.pdf

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