Monthly Archives: June 2013

A-Tanka-A-Day: Ayakashi

Three days on the sea Rain falls upon a small boat Men gather their pails And gather the gallons of oil From the eel’s underbelly

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A-Tanka-A-Day: Sunekosuri

The wet mountainside Small creatures run through the rain The world is so loud Fur rubbing between the legs Goes unnoticed in the dark

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A-Tanka-A-Day: Hari-onago

Shikoku siren Smiling at me.  I wonder If that welcoming face Can rip out innocent hearts With the hair of claws she masks

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A-Tanka-A-Day: Makura-gaeshi

Peaceful breathing Fills a sleeping man’s quarters The calm room is filled With the movement of pillows Being placed at the legs

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A-Tanka-A-Day: Kerakera-onna

A young juvenile Wanders near a brothel’s edge The prostitute’s laughs Fill a human’s ear canals But they never fill the sky

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A-Tanka-A-Day: Kameosa

The nighttime is brief Happiness is un-fleeting The cracks on a jug Containing the earth are small The fluids run forever

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A-Tanka-A-Day: Inugami

A dog bites a man And I wonder who plays God In the partnership Of a dog granting vengeance And the man who birthed those powers

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