Tanka, July 3th, Anchorage

the arctic frontier

lure us, all humanity

together, a toast

to adventure, claim we, eyes

averted from their excess


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.