The Open Wound (2 Tankas)

Here are two more original poems in the style of the Japanese “tanka.”
I dedicate these particular two works to the brilliance of poet/author Denis Johnson whose work I am devouring as carefully as I can.

The Open Wound (in 2 parts)

the gruesome portal
hints of eyes and torn hair-strands
stare black from the void
of a time of a wasteland
awake under fire-mist trees

his eyes blown back in
recovering slints and cracks
confuse the landscape
while forests provide entry
from lost birds torn from their kin