published in Eucalypt: Mariko Kitakubo

Mariko Kitakubo Profile

Mariko Kitakubo

Born in Tokyo.
Living in Mitaka-city, Tokyo
Membership
Japan Writers' Association,
Japan PEN Club,
Association of Contemporary Tanka Poets,
Japan Tanka Poets' Society,
Kokoro-No-Hana,
Tanka Online Project,
Tanka Society of America.

Contemprary Tanka Poet Mariko Kitakubo. Eucalypt.

My Tanka published in Eucalypt.

over the battlefield
the moon is waning
little by little
I decay and
I lose myself too

I watch
a drop of poison
turn transparent
look to the half moon,
where my mother now lives

suddenly
the shadow of moth
growing larger--
after an embrace
difficult to resist

I balance
loneliness with
liberty--
the sky so blue
this Vernal Equinox Day

five years now
since I sat there
with mother
supping on noodles
flavered with citron

the sea canyon
is silently weeping
as I cross
concealing my sickness
within me

sometimes I wish for
shoulders to lean against--
there's a bitter wind
like the delivery of letters
after my death

maybe it's better
not to know the depth
of her wounds---
tranquilly I ask

how many sugar lumps?

how small
I really am
here between
potato field

and the wide sky

we won't know
if it's benign
till we operate---
I'm nodding as if
this isn't about me

 

 

 

even rainy days
at the beach
aren’t bad,
I whisper in the ear
of the jet-black Labrador

the sounds
of a cat grooming itself
in Tunisia
all the cobble-stones
are on fire with sunset