published Essays to date: 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.

In commemoration of
15 years of tanka reading
The Latest Tanka Sequence
Original Tanka presented at
Spoken World Live

Contemprary Tanka Poet Mariko Kitakubo.

Essays posted in other publications to date.

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

no one can tell me
at what moment it began
this sad story . . .
the endless winter
of my motherland

it's be
my last love,
I'm telling
my late mother
foot of a pale rainbow

'In The Sequoia Forest'

from these trees
I get the spark of life
and I
give it them,too,
in the sequoai forest

I don't wish
to harm this forest ---
at dawn
the sound of mist swirling
the sound of trees sleeping

dew-clad and silent
the lower branches
f a tree
  three thousand years old,
standing there fresh and cool

that wind
blowing down
from the tree-top ---
are the eyes of
the sequoia god,opening ?

so faint
the song of the stream
on a redwood trunk ---
one thousand years
of peaceful living

in gratitude
for a time of enrichment
among the trees
I place an oxalis flower
reverently on a stump