WHEN THE EARTH TAKES (TANKA)

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Who knows where the heart

Of ever hungry earth is?

Who can follow his

Pulse and take us to his breath?

Who can? Who can? Who can? Who?

II

Who knows where the heads

Of the glutton earth relax?

Who can follow his

Chewings and lead us to those

Mouths? Who can? Who can? Who can?

III

Don’t stand there wailing!

The earth has taken what’s ours

And we must have it

Or fight for our peaceful minds

Who is with me? Who will? Who?

IV

I have a few words:

Selective, reflexive taunt!

Why do you so haunt?

And what? Take, break, leave to flaunt?

So we serve a bounty dish?

V

You are so, so cruel

Why do you feed what you eat

You show you in us

And we follow your trap’s lead

Only to end as your catch

Amoafowaa Sefa Cecilia (c) 2015

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