published in Simply Haiku: 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,
Tan-Ku Co-Founder,
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. Simply Haiku.

My tanka published in Simply Haiku.

in the forest
sigh of
oaks, beeches,
larks and you

moonless night...
on the steps of ruin
or into
a kitten's milk,
falling ashes

how like
babel, sullen
a blank cartridge
shooting wisps of clouds

down, down
screw the staircase
to the abyss
tell me again how
we became civilized

we talked
about our dream...
each other
under the Betelgeuse,
are you gone already?

Tr. by Mariko Kitakubo and Robert D. Wilson

cutting my foot
on a tree-root
I felt
the desolation of Descartes
slowly slide into me

for whom then
did I blossom?
I cast my gaze
over the light and shade
of the distant past

a warm teardrop
as I waken
from the dream
of being held back
from the brink of a cliff

as if
falling down
into the galaxy,
I would fall
into your heart

dipping my toes
into the blue water
of the inlet,
I felt my body
surge with life

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