Into the Wind (a tanka sequence)


Castlerigg Stone Circle, near Keswick, Cumbria, UK


This tanka sequence was recently published in Ribbons (Journal of the Tanka Society of America), Fall/Winter 2016, Volume 12, Number 3:



Into the Wind



the sparrow hawk
swoops down in silence …
shiver of surprise
seeing death come
so quickly



from a distance
the boulders look small
. . . there were times
when you seemed
almost harmless



mountain colors
shift as rapidly
as the wild weather
deep shadows
of unexpected fear



on a barren plain
the stones are silent
… why did I surrender
when faced
with rage?



a lone pillar
stands so tall
. . . facing into the wind
I finally learn
about resistance



out of nowhere
two young kestrels
soar above . . .
my voice
can now be heard



 Mary Kendall,  (c) 2016




Castlerigg Stone Circle, near Keswick in Cumbria, UK

6 thoughts on “Into the Wind (a tanka sequence)

  1. What a nice surprise to see your name in my inbox. I also have another blog, Kamakura Mirror Micropoetry at Recently, at a haiku conference in Washington state, we had a Canadian professor, Sonja Arntzen, and expert on tanka. She has translated several Heian classic diaries with waka/tanka. One is a favorite of mine, The Sarashina Diary.


    • Hello Carmen, how nice of you to leave a comment on my blog. I just looked up The Sarashina Diary, and it really does sound most interesting. I am not a scholar, but a diary like this can take anyone back in time and imagine what life was like for a woman in the eleventh century. I’ll look at your other blog very soon. Please do visit my blog again. 🙂


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