Tanka – Deception
The vines have curled up
till she’s dressed within their arms.
to hide all the stress fractures
now spider-webbing beneath.
Kyoka – Toil Of A Water Witch
Ginny Greenteeth waits,
washes out last week’s litter
from her pond weed hair.
Snatches a plastic bottle
like she would do a child.
Ginny Greenteeth is from English folklore, and depending on your region her name can change from Ginny, to Jenny, or a number of other nom-de-plumes. It’s also the name used to refer to pond weed, or algae covering a pond’s surface and obscuring the water from view. She apparently lurks below the cover of the pond weed waiting for passersby to wander too close, so she can drag them to their watery depths. There are perhaps some waterways that wouldn’t be particular pleasant to skulk in these days.
Gogyohka – After The Storm
We eye the horizon like a child,
question our certainty that the crying is done.
Slowly, we return ourselves to the garden,
we peg the washing out while watching clouds,
remind ourselves not to trust a blue sky.
I’m uncertain if I did these forms justice, but I’ve had a go at all three. My Tanka, and Kyoka follow the 5,7,5,7,7 syllable count mostly because this was what I was most used to. I know it’s not technically correct, but it gives me a framework to fit into. If you have a favourite out of the three let me know in the comments below.