Friday, February 1, 2013

One Man's Maple Moon: Memory Tanka by Marilyn Humbert

English Original

not for me
the clear memories
of yesterday …
mother, daughter, sister
meld in a tangle of wool

Ribbons, 8:1, Spring/Summer 2012

Marilyn Humbert

Chinese Translation (Traditional)

母親, 姐姐, 妺妺

Chinese Translation (Simplified)

母亲, 姐姐, 妺妺

Bio Sketch

Marilyn Humbert  lives in the Northern Suburbs of Sydney NSW surrounded by bush. Her pastimes include writing free verse poetry, tanka, tanka prose and related genre. She is the leader of Bottlebrush Tanka Group and member of the Huddle and Bowerbird Tanka Groups. Her tanka appears in Australian and International Journals.

1 comment:

  1. The contrasts between clear memories of the past and tangled relationships of the present are psychologically effective, reminding me of Virgina Woolf's "Moments of Beings."

    Woolf asserts that these moments of being, these flashes of awareness, reveal a pattern hidden behind the cotton wool of daily life, and that we, "I mean all human beings--are connected with this; that the whole world is a work of art; that we are parts of the work of art." But the individual artist is not important in this work. Instead she says of all people, "We are the words; we are the music; we are the thing itself" (72).

    -- An excerpt from "Moments of Being in Virginia Woolf's Fiction" by Nicole L. Urquhart,