Tanka, July 5, Whittier

forward through the sound

backward through the mercury

I button my coat

yet widen my eyes, to earth,

our past told in blue strata

 

Memories of a trip to Alaska, told in tanka. Tanka follow a syllable pattern of 5-7-5-7-7. The middle line serves as a turning point, so that if you read just the first three lines, there is a different tone than if you read just the last three lines.

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