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Monday, May 29

Natsu Basho 2017 Honour Tanka Final Day: KOTOYUKI (6-9)

final day Natsu 
Basho, most things decided - 
Hakuho shall win 

the final two remaining 
yokozuna were featured 

they put on great bout, 
and Hakuho secured rare 
unblemished record 

a new banzuke scroll shall 
be written, big names at top 

in those forty-two 
brush-stroked as makuuchi, 
big hearts get challenged 

this basho - for example - 
think of lame Kotoyuki 

barely able to 
walk after bouts twice in 
the past seven days 

refusing assistance down 
hanamichi afterwards 

fearing the juryo 
drop, essentially on one 
leg, he continued 

and on this single stubborn 
leg, Kotoyuki survived 

each day, hobbling self 
forward, more heart than good sense, 
Kotoyuki fought 

and somehow, he was able 
to win as many as lost 

instead of fusen 
with three wins, he finished a 
noble 6 and 9 

will this be enough to keep 
demotion demons at bay? 

the new banzuke 
scroll will be unfurled before 
long, and we’ll find out 

yet regardless where his name 
appears, his heart remains large 

Kotoyuki’s done 
all he could to keep his name 
large as possible 

the past year seen as decline - 
sekiwake spirals down 

makekoshi four 
honbasho in a row - a 
true downward spiral 

makekoshi rikishi 
don’t get fighting spirit stars 

yet there can be no 
denying Kotoyuki 
has felt spiral’s edge 

his lame leg has touched the edge, 
and he’s begun pushing back 

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