Saturday 29 October 2022

Five Tanka Poems by Elancharan Gunasekaran





Tanka Poems 


tundra winds

whisper 

death’s name

into ears

with every step

 


 

ice 

on beard

to the bard’s ballad

dying fire 

burns on and on

 


 

slipping dagger

between dragon scales

the all fire 

burns out its last

a village in cinders

 


 

drawn to the chaos

curious the forest

uproots

and makes its way

into the heart of grey

 


 

light from eternal lamp

flickers violently 

bodies blink 

in and out of existence

in the city of shadows

 


 

Elancharan Gunasekaran is inspired by Dadaist movements, butoh and anarchism. He believes that humans are capable of governing themselves without the need of political systems. His art often involves experimenting with visual and literary forms on the raw aspects of the human condition, climate change and man-made/ natural phenomena.

 


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