7 January tanka

blown sand blocks our street
duneland has returned
like the past
finds us oddly
unready its tidings

Image: Dunes south of Port Kembla, c. 1940s c/- Wollongong Library. A tanka inspired by the brief closure of a local road after a few days of strong southerlies. This area was subject to some ‘dune shaping’ recently by the local council which involved removal of foredune vegetation which (in my view) helped stabilise the sand. That said, the past is implacable.

Music this morning, here’s British vocal ensemble Voces8 with a reworking of Radiohead’s Pyramid Song (Youtube).

2 thoughts on “7 January tanka

  1. Our road along the lake gets closed in winter because of the sand blowing over it. We have planted a lot of dune grass to help stabilize and it does help, but with all else that’s going on with global climates it isn’t going to be enough…

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