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Friday, May 26

Natsu Basho 2017 Honour Tanka Day 12: AOIYAMA (2-10)

oh Aoiyama  
you giant Bulgarian, 
what are you doing? 

European sumo so 
pasty and flabby-breasted 

left knee heavily 
wrapped from birth it sometimes seems… 
what are you doing? 

following Kotooshu’s 
footsteps into too far east 

a perpetual 
maegashira, but also 
once sekiwake 

now nearing thirty one years, 
what are you doing, big man? 

do the blue mountains 
of Bulgaria still call? 
what of Elhovo? 

where the Tundzha river crawls 
between Strandzha and Sakar 

so far from home, here 
in this strange world of sumo, 
grappling for respect 

left knee throbs for home, big man, 
what the fuck are you doing? 

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