a daily tanka — July 8

Roger Federer

is back       his backhand

as if he’d never

is quicker       quiet genius

moves       like a dream      thru the crowd

Image: Country week tennis, White City, Rushcutters Bay, Sydney. 1937. Photographer Sam Hood, c/- State Library of NSW on Flickr. This made perfect sense when I wrote this at 2am.

And for music this morning, here’s First Nations musician and composer Dr G. Yunupingu (commonly known as Gurummul) with the posthumous 2018 album Djarimirri – (Youtube) — The album was completed just weeks before his passing in July 2017 and presents traditional songs and harmonised chants from his traditional Yolngu life with orchestral arrangements. Stirring.

This poem was written on the land of the Wodi Wodi people who are the Aboriginal custodians of the Illawarra — and I pay my respects to Elders past and present.

4 thoughts on “a daily tanka — July 8

  1. I studied the legs of the tennis players for quite awhile as to how they decided to approach the net hop. Great space after never. Knowing what you shared about the passing just a few weeks after recording this I can’t help but listen to Gurummul and orchestra as being a bridge to the other world, constructed to ease his journey and to help those left behind to cope with his passing on.

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