published in Eucalypt: Mariko Kitakubo

Mariko Kitakubo Profile

Mariko Kitakubo

Born in Tokyo.
Living in Mitaka-city, Tokyo
Japan Writers' Association,
Japan PEN Club,
Association of Contemporary Tanka Poets,
Japan Tanka Poets' Society,
Tanka Online Project,
Tanka Society of America.

Contemprary Tanka Poet Mariko Kitakubo. Eucalypt.

My Tanka published in Eucalypt.

Thank you so much for picking up my new work, the editor of Eucalypt, Julie Anne Thorndyke!





pure indigo
settles into my heart,
when I cross borders...
I would like to die
a wanderer of this earth

I can believe
in destiny --
spring rain reads
my outstretched palm

(ひと滴の雨にうるめる運命を信じてもみむ 春のてのひら)

this havest moon
sails beyond time and space...
there is no border
between life and death
for those I have truly loved

the days
of the end of my life
will come --
a cat is yawning
in the ruined village g

a herd
of majesty
is coming...
in the heat haze
elephants and their young

I planted
a tender sapling
in another land...
this Christmas Bush will flourish
long after I am gone

rain drops
of the constellation,
a water clock
sounding beyond
an avenue of cedars

how silent
the light rain
of radiation--
we continue searching
for his parents' bodies

Issue 10,2011

moonlit night
in the bamboo forest
child god
transforms into a badger
to summon his mother

Issue 11, 2011

after the bitterness
against my late father
a longing
comes to me--
sorrowful pendulum