Tanka, July 7th, Talkeetna

their soft drum on pine

builds symphony with songbirds

spattering raindrops

collide against plexiglass

a discordant ballyhoo



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.