Tanka, July 8, Seward

toes in frigid stream

respite from the humid trail

we tread with others

unseen but present in grass

trampled, just recently quit

 

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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