Lucky Triana’s “beauty parlour” tanka does this effectively.
a puss caterpillar
i can’t remember
the last time i went
to a beauty parlour
words and image
© Lucky Triana
This tanka captures the need for self-image and a little vanity, but builds it all from a cuddly “puss caterpillar” that the poet sees passing by.
Maybe she forgot that her hair is important or maybe she is evolving into a more beautiful night being. If she looks dishevelled like the caterpillar does in its latter stages, then perhaps she is going to need that beauty parlor.
This tanka might be leaning more to kyoka but for now, I’d say, spruce up and go out clubbing this weekend. Soon the night will be all yours as a moth.
Thanks for sharing with us.