Tanka, July 11, Homer

no road leads to this

remote Alaska, carved by

nature, tamed by none.

we traverse in awe, then fall

silent and still at the source


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.