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.

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

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

I balance
loneliness with
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