Tanka T151

In the middle of
The Arizona desert –
Just after midnight –
The silence is deafening –
And the night sky is blinding

09.27.17 – 05.03.18



Copyright by Minh Tan on listed dated of completion.



Notes to this poem…

If you haven’t had a chance to experience being in the middle of the desert at a relatively quiet time, either alone or with others willing to be quiet to experience it with you, and better at night, I would highly recommend it. The deafening silence is the hurt from lack of white noise in the city that I’ve learned to adapt to and ignore. The blindness is the incredibly lit night sky that reminds you how powerful light pollution is if that backdrop can be all but completely hidden by city lights. Quite the experience!

Only found the almost complete poem again in an old notebook to finish and post today.

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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