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.


    1. Invitation is a good word for it. If even one person stops to think and respond differently to the needs of others, then it was worth the effort. I also think people become overwhelmed by the magnitude of the problems and forget that they can make a difference one life at a time. They have to care enough to try though.

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      1. I agree. I can’t solve the world’s problems, but there is a lot that I can do. I try to instill this in my children also. Help where you can. Maybe it is a local food pantry or money to a global disaster relief or visiting an elderly neighbor. My 90 year old grandmother still takes food to “shut-ins”, some of them 15 years younger than she is. I think that is part of what has kept her alive and happy for so long. We benefit when we help others…no matter how we do it.

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      2. I hope you do. That sounds like a sweet treat, Steve! Hypocrisy is common disease. Storytellers, musicians and artists have the opportunity to apply some honest balm, if we are brave enough to do it.

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