Tanka is a short poem 短歌. It is one of the traditional forms of Japanese verse. Recently, a friend asked me to read this one by Hiroshi Homura and I haven’t been able to forget it.
elephant’s dung in the savanna
listen to me
I am drowsy, heartbreaking
sabanna no zô no unko yo kiite kure darui setsunai kowai samishii
Translation by Faye Aoyagi