Tanka T116

Old little lovebird –
Living in an apartment –
Often in a cage –
What did you do to get a
Prison term of 18 years?




Copyright by Minh Tan on listed dated of completion.



Notes to this poem…

My Parents, Aunt and I were visiting a long time family friend living in Vancouver when she showed us her little lovebird pet that seemed slightly senile. The friend blamed it on old age, bragging the thing had been with her for 18 years! Immediately, my feelings gushed for the bird for reasons in this tanka.

The T-series poems are tanka composed while I was not engaged in some activity during which I frequently composed poetry. That is why these are called the Inactive Tanka collection.


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