Bound and Gagged (Four Tanka)

I.

squawking and fighting
crows pick over what remains
the flesh and the veins
a traveler too weary
whose bones craved ancestor’s sleep

II.

gripping his own chest
the bullet hole—a crater
the strength leaving him
his mind fondling memories
of when the night was still young

III.

smiling wickedly
the priest watches their gold coins
as the plate is passed
an offering to a god
bound and gagged on the altar

IV.

he envisions how
the carnage will grace the streets
when his bomb explodes—
behind his wired vest there lay
the black heart of humankind

© 2008 Andrew David King

Bound and Gagged (Four Tanka)

andrewdavidking

Joined January 2008

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This poem consists of four tanka, written in the traditional Japanese form, a pattern of syllables by line: 5-7-5-7-7.

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