Tanka by Gabriel Rosenstock

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Gabriel Rosenstock’s Tanka Series – 4

 

1.

the flower seller is left 
with her flowers
I am left with my poems
                 will they wither and decay
                 beloved, what happens to poems that die
 
Flower Seller – Stefan Luchian


 

2.

stay among flowers
they are your true companions
in fragrance and innocence
          we must wait for many aeons yet
          beloved, before the world is ready
 
Garden with a woman – Georg Pauli


 

3.

emigrants waiting for their ship
what will they bring with them
to a new world
                 beloved, what will be in me
                 of You in worlds to come
 
The Emigrants (Last Ship) – Nicolae Vermont


 

4.

what layers are there
that make up You and me
peeling an onion
         until nothing is left
         beloved, how many layers can there be
 
Onions – Ion Andreescu


 

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About the Author

Photo: Jim Berkeley.

Gabriel Rosenstock is a bilingual poet (in Irish & English), haikuist, tankaist, playwright, novelist, short story writer, essayist, translator, writer for children and champion of ‘forlorn causes’ – the phrase is Hugh MacDiarmid’s. He is a Lineage Holder of Celtic Buddhism and a member of Aosdána (the Irish academy of arts and letters). Among his awards is the Tamgha-i-Khidmat medal (Pakistan) for services to literature. Gabriel’s most recent volume of poetry is Glengower: Poems for No One in Irish and English (The Onslaught Press).