Tanka, July 12th, Soldotna

a bear paw thrashes

beneath the surface, missing

salmon from the lake

later splayed on styrofoam

because bait evokes no fear


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.