SELECTED ENGLISH TANKA FOR THE LAST HALF Of 2015 DECIDED !

ENGLISH TANKA

The following are the three English tanka chosen from those submitted in the last half of 2015 (July toDecemb, translated into Japanese by Ogi Saeko

 

Sandra Renew

desert lands
rainforest nations
ocean islands
no binding climate treaty …
anthem for our doomed planet

 

砂漠地も熱帯雨林も島々もくくる法なく破滅を唄う

(sabakuchi mo nettutaiurin mo simajima mo kukuru hu naku hametu o utau)

 

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MichelleBrock

winter lake
the stillness between thoughts . . .
a black swan
ripples across the surface
of my mind

湖の冬に思いの静まれど胸の水面に波立つ黒鳥

(mizuumi no fuyu ni omoi no sizumaredo mune no minamo ni nami tatu kokuchou)

 

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Hazel Hall

in wartime
father dressed the wounded
returning home
he carried inside him
all their fear and pain

戦いの兵を手当てし父帰る虞(おそれ)と痛みを胸内に秘めて

(tatakai no hei no teatesite chichi kaeru osore to itami o munauchi ni himete )