Made of Stars and Paper Skin

Japanese print maker, Kaoro Kawano (1916 – 1965).

She’s tressed in umber
and the scattered spill of sky.
She holds the earth still;
turns her face into the sun,
as woodpeckers braid her hair.



an ekphrastic tanka, for Toads


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8 Responses to Made of Stars and Paper Skin

  1. This is beautiful and dreamy

  2. Oh, that last line is simply delicious. The words are a perfect description of the image. She looks so relaxed, just like one would expect a person would look if someone else is touching his or her hair.

  3. Rosemary Nissen-Wade says:

    Absolutety beautiful! What a sweet conceit.

  4. Kerry O'Connor says:

    Beautiful! I love the use of tressed as a verb.

  5. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!❤️

  6. hedgewitch says:

    I love your opening lines–truly a singular visual, rich and real–and of course, the rest lives up to them perfectly.

  7. Rommy Driks says:

    This is a sweet idyll you’ve created.

  8. Oh, I love this. I needed its gentleness on this night of insomnia.

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