An Instrumental Tanka

trees shake maracas ~

a Taino rhythm to keep ~

rattle past’s recall ~

the new world vomited bile ~

poisoned, the old leaves fell dead


(note: Maracas originated with the Taino people, the Indigenous inhabitants of the Caribbean Islands and S. Florida. The coming of Columbus brought a time of disease, slavery and murder that left approximately 5 million humans dead, nearly exterminating the Taino. Indigenous people today face a continued battle in America to protect their treaty negotiated lands, waters and ancestral burial sites most recently from gas pipelines. An honest look at history is a starting point in healing old wounds and preventing new ones.)


Words and Photography ©2017 Tanya Cliff ~ to contact me

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28 thoughts on “An Instrumental Tanka

  1. A good teaching within your poem today, Tanya. I appreciate the bit of history you provided on the original inhabitants of the land. All very good as usual! Our actions then and now can have some dire consequences…

    Have a good one and “catch some rays” today!


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    1. Thank you so much! I knew of them, but I recently learned that Columbus enslaved many of them to “mine gold”. The Taino were peace loving people. It’s a sad story. The history books fall horribly short.


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