Monday, July 27, 2020

One Man's Maple Moon: Imprint Tanka by Michael Dylan Welch

English Original

the leaf gone
but the imprint remains --
my heart as hard
as this concrete
after your suicide

Red Lights, 3:1, 2007

Michael Dylan Welch

Chinese Translation (Traditional)

但是它的痕跡依然存在 --

Chinese Translation (Simplified)

但是它的痕迹依然存在 --

Bio Sketch

Michael Dylan Welch is the founder of the Tanka Society of America (2000), and co-founder of Haiku North America conference (1991) and the American Haiku Archives (1996). In 2010 he also started National Haiku Writing Month (NaHaiWriMo), which takes place every February, with an active Facebook page. His personal website is, which features hundreds of essays, reviews, reports, and other content, including examples of his published poetry.

1 comment:

  1. The contrasts (leaf gone vs life lost; imprint vs concrete;...) between the two parts of the tanka are visually and emotionally poignant, reminding me of the following thought-provoking remark made by my late friend, Brian Zimmer, who died in 2014:

    The leaf does not grasp or grieve its last day.

    -- Brian Zimmer, "Spring's First Caress: Tanka by Brian Zimmer," 2015