“First Thoughts” Tanka 731

Did not cry for mom

’cause already I was dead,

so it was to me:


Blind and deaf and still floating –

if that’s dead, I can hack it!*


  • (My first thoughts that earlying morning – approximately 4 a.m. – that monsoon rainish early morning December 9, 1970.  I’ve treated with what happened before so I shan’t bore you here, but suffice to say when I realized I had that thought – I can hack this shit – I began to question the validity of the premise: I may not be dead, just deaf and blind and still floating! Best check for bleeding…and therein begins that tale.  Too late by then to bug Mom.)

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