Wednesday, May 6, 2020

One Man's Maple Moon: Quilt Tanka by Naomi Beth Wakan

English Original

sewing a quilt
I prick my finger ...
how imaginary
this thin life is,
yet, also very real

Naomi Beth Wakan

Chinese Translation (Traditional)

我刺了我的手指 ...

Chinese Translation (Simplified)

我刺了我的手指 ...

Bio Sketch

Naomi Beth Wakan is the inaugural Poet Laureate of Nanaimo (2013). She has published over 50 books. Her poetry books include Sex after 70 and other poems and And After 80… (both from Bevalia Press) and Bent Arm for a Pillow (Pacific-Rim Publishers). Naomi is a member of The League of Canadian Poets, Haiku Canada and Tanka Canada and is the Inaugural Honorary Ambassador for the BC Federation of Writers. She lives on Gabriola Island with her husband, the sculptor, Elias Wakan.

1 comment:

  1. This sewing metaphor for life is visually effectively established between the two parts of the tanka, and the thematically and emotionally dialectical statement in the lower verse adds psychological depth to the tanka.

    Naomi's "sewing a quilt" tanka reminds me of the following remark:

    A quilt is a curious creation. It begins its life as a thought. An image is formed; a pattern is devised; a plan is invented. The quilter maps out how it will all come together.

    -- Ed Belliard