Wednesday, September 23, 2015

One Man's Maple Moon: Unfinished Scarf Tanka by Carol Purington

English Original

The phone lines
that should carry your voice
sag with ice…
this unfinished scarf,
I never could get the tension right

Ribbons, 9:3, Fall 2013

Carol Purington


Chinese Translation (Traditional)

應承載你聲音
的電話線
被冰壓得下垂...
這個尚完成的圍巾,
毛線之間從未有適當的張力

Chinese Translation (Simplified)

应承载你声音
的电话线
被冰压得下垂...
这个尚完成的围巾,
毛线之间从未有适当的张力


Bio Sketch

Carol Purington belongs to a farm family whose routines are shaped by seasonal context, and her tanka, both their natural imagery and their emotional shadings, emerge from this lifelong grounding. Faces I Might Wear is her newest collection.

2 comments:

  1. There is a simile subtly established between the two parts of the poem (phone lines sag with ice and the unfinished scarf without right thread tensions), and on a second reading, 'phone lines,' 'ice,' 'unfinished scarf,' and 'tension' carry symbolic significance. This tanka could be read as a poem about relationship.

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