Inku
Japan Society of Fairfield County

Tanka(11)
by Dr. Ikuko Anjo Jassey

破り継ぎ切り継ぎそして重ね継ぎたとえれば継ぎ紙日毎のわれは
ya bu ri tsu gi   ki ri tsu gi so shi te   ka sa ne tsu gi   ta to e re ba tsu gi ga mi   hi go to no wa re wa

Ripped in different shapes
Cut in different patterns
Patched over in double layers
like a papier-mache
It’s me in everyday life


純白のむくげが咲いて故国が私の肩をたたいたのです
ju n pa ku no   mu ku ge ga sa i te   hu ru sa to ga   wa ta shi no ka ta o   ta ta i ta no de su

A rose of Sharon
snow-white
My home country
My shoulder tapped


「夕涼み」「遊水」」「金魚」 菓子折りに包まれ来たる昔の真夏
“yu u su zu mi”   “yu u su i” “ki n gyo”   ka shi o ri ni   tsu tsu ma re ki ta ru   mu ka shi no ma na tsu

A box of assorted Japanese sweets
Old summers revived
“Cooling Outside”
“Watering”
“Goldfish”


珠音とおぼゆ近江の水郷の水面はじける青き時雨は
ta ma o to to   o bo yu o o mi no   su i go o no   mi na mo ha ji ke ru   a o ki shi gu re wa

Spring rain
beating on
the water way in Omi
Sounds like an abacus


かまきりの雌契りのその後で雄のかしら喰うてしまえり
ka ma ki ri no   o mi na chi gi ri no   so no a to de   o no ko no ka shi ra   ku u te shi ma e ri

A female mantis
a male mantis
right after mating
his head consumed


蝶々がケンケンしながら通り過ぐ なたね あぶらな はなな なのはな
cho o cho o ga   ke n ke n shi na ga ra   to o ri su gu   na ta ne a bu ra na   ha na na na no ha na

A butterfly
passing by
hopping
In the yellow sea of rape flowers


泡盛のグラスの向こうで紅の琉球桜がふふふと笑う
a wa mo ri no   gu ra su no mu ko o de   ku re na i no   ryu u kyu u za ku ra ga   hu hu hu to wa ra u

Pink Ryukyu cherry blossoms
Chuckling
behind a glass of mullet brandy


昨晩のことなどどうでもいいような初雪の朝の柔らかきこと
sa ku ba n no   ko to na do do o de mo   i i yo o na   yu ki no a shi ta no   ya wa ra ka ki ko to

The softness of morning
with the first snow
what transpired last night
who cares
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