Tanka, July 4th, Anchorage

bellies of airplanes

relentless dominance of

mankind in nature

fails where the earthly blue meets

mud and claims another fool


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.