Note: The somonka is a Japanese form – basically two tankas written as two love letters to each other (one tanka per love letter). This form usually demands two authors, but it is possible to have a poet take on two personas.

A Somonka

The sun is too bright

too close to my skin and hair

it’s hard to endure

unless I am near the sea

sitting at the lapping wave


The summer sun shines

warms my sad heart, and my soul

I’m glad you are here

where the ocean meets the shore

at the same ocean, same shore