Tuesday, June 30, 2015

One Man's Maple Moon: Black and White Tanka by Susan Constable

English Original

a newspaper,
zebra or pair of dice --
some things
just fine as they are
in black and white

Susan Constable

Chinese Translation (Traditional)

一匹斑馬或一對骰子 --

Chinese Translation (Simplified)

一匹斑马或一对骰子 --

Bio Sketch

Susan Constable’s tanka appear in numerous journals and anthologies, including Take Five. Her tanka collection, The Eternity of Waves, was one of the winning entries in the eChapbook Awards for 2012. She is currently the tanka editor for the international on-line journal, A Hundred Gourds.

1 comment:

  1. The symbolically rich and thought-provoking closing line, "in black and white," sparks the reader's reflection on the thematically dialectical relationship between a list of things in the upper verse and the thematic statement in the lower verse (for example, do you think the news [printed/reported] in "black and white" is good for the reader?), and most importantly, on everything we face in life.

    “Shades of grey wherever I go
    The more I find out the less that I know
    Black and white is how it should be
    But shades of grey are the colors I see.”

    -- Billy Joel