Thursday, May 7, 2015

Tanka--By Anne Curran--New Zealand

she touches
the foot of a statue
near the altar ...
I wonder how it feels
a faith like that

a fine fellow
this yellow canary
who whistles a pretty tune…
he sings to free us from our cage
to dilute our winter gloom

at the art gallery
with an artist friend ...
I am seduced
by her explanation
of light and dark

Previously published--hedgerow #16, 2015

Anne Curran is a Japanese verse forms poet from Hamilton, New Zealand.  Anne has been writing poetry for about ten years with the encouragement of friends and family. She draws inspiration from the world around her. She has been fortunate to enjoy the wisdom of some fine editors and fellow poets.


  1. These are really beautiful Anne, thanks for sharing your work with Whispers.

  2. These are very fine. Have enjoyed them all. Thank you for sharing your words. Ralph.

  3. love the irony of the canary singing freedom. Always to see another New Zealand Japanese form poet.
    Maureen Sudlow

  4. Nothing timid about this triple down. You leave me smiling, Anne. You made Maureen happy, too, and that is important. :)

  5. These all send a very clear message and come across as strong and ironically emphatic........ S

  6. Very nice Tanka, Anne. I especially like the first one. Thank you for sharing and continued blessings!

    -MJ (

  7. Your final Tanka is exactly what I love to read. A little deep but certainly understandable with ease. Thank you for sharing your fine words!