Eva Limbach (Germany)

farewell …
the tulips in my vase
keep on growing

Comment: a poem that, despite the initial parting (the farewell or wakare 別れ in line 1), expands on a sense of relentless progression and emancipation (the growing tulips in the second line). The ellipsis (i.e., the kireji 切れ字) placed at the end of the first ku 句 helps to make the transition ‘softer’, allowing the reader to perceive the emotional impact of a broken relationship and its aftermaths (the ‘restraints’ of the vase in line 2).

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