a woman cries
“I left my child in the flames.
Now all I have
is my own life.”
if there is an operation
that removes memories.
Where is a cure
for my pain-filled heart?
Questions for Reflection: “Tanka (I)” and “Tanka (II)”
- In “Tanka (I)” how would you depict the state of mind of the woman in whose voice the poem is written? Why might she be feeling as she does? What would be your feelings if this poem represented an event that happened to you?
- How might making a wish as that expressed in “Tanka (II)” be helpful in dealing with the sorrow experienced by the poet?
- What strikes you the most about these two poems?