4.07.2017

Woodpecker's Song

Scratch of birch bark
under clear-crackling talon,
hollow call buried in forest,
skipped stone across fields
lying fallow for killing

Kaoro Kawano, Tree Girl with Woodpeckers (1960)

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9 comments:

  1. I feel you are such a master of shorter forms and this poem reveals the breadth of vision that can be accomplished in a tanka.

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  2. I agree, this is absolutely stupendous, Marian ❤️

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  3. Every line a killer but the third one is stunning.

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  4. Oh, I love this. I can hear it:
    "Scratch of birch bark
    under clear-crackling talon"

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  5. The chill of nature at her most predatory--surely more about man than woodpecker.

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