Tuesday, March 21, 2017

One Man's Maple Moon: A Thousand Dreams Tanka by Susan Constable

English Original

what to do
with these old pillows …
each one
filled with the feathers
of a thousand dreams

Commended, 2015 Mandy’s Pages Tanka Contest

Susan Constable

Chinese Translation (Traditional)

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Chinese Translation (Simplified)


Bio Sketch

Susan Constable’s haiku and tanka appear in numerous journals and anthologies. Her tanka collection, The Eternity of Waves, was one of the winning entries in the eChapbook Awards for 2012. She co-edited the 2014 anthology for the Seabeck Haiku Retreat and is a co-editor for the 2016 TSA Anthology.

1 comment:

  1. Below is excerpted from the judge's comment, which can be accessed at http://www.mandys-pages.com/contests/annual-tanka-contest/184-atc-2015-winners

    This Commended tanka again used a fresh image to show emotion. There are many poems written about dreaming, but this is a fresh take with years of dreams being tied to old pillows that have outlived their usefulness. How many everyday items do we take for granted? The tanka opens with quite a seemingly mundane image and then, like a pillow being flipped over to the cool side on a hot summer night, it surprises us with a wistful observation that in its reference to “a thousand dreams” is reminiscent of Heian Court Poetry and the notion of a “pillow book.” The reader is left wanting to know more of these dreams, and the persons who dreamed them.