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Hachiko

A young Akita
Brought to Tokyo in March
So loved and cared for
Professor Uneo tried
Hachiko did not fetch balls

In time he escaped
Now larger, he searched the town
Found the train station
There his masters scent vanished
He waited till the last train

When he saw master
Greetings of joy and surprise
Then the walk to home
Hachiko did this each night
Impressing the professor

Everyone knew him
Giving snacks to Hachiko
Months and months passed by
Until one cold winters night
When the last train came and left

No master to greet
Hachiko walked home alone
There had been a stroke
Each night Hachiko would wait
Eyes fixed on the last trains doors

His loyalty strong
He would go to the station
Never faltering
Day after day, he waited
Years passed, loyalty strengthened

Died at eleven
The town, used to his presence
Put up a sculpture
Precisely where he would wait
Hachiko's day is March Eighth

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  1. Date: 5/27/2010 9:54:00 PM
    Ohh :( ...this is such a bittersweet write, Mitch :) I can't help but feel heartened yet sad at the same time--dogs really are man's best friend, how I hope our loyalty can be comparable to those of the dogs...thanks for telling me about this tanka of yours--sure beats mine (haha which is also good that you were able to view it ^_~)

  1. Date: 5/16/2010 4:54:00 AM
    Excellent story. We could all take lessons from the noble canine. Imagine for a moment a world filled with people with the unconditional love and loyalty of the dog! There would be no divorce or adultery or child abuse.

  1. Date: 4/11/2010 6:12:00 PM
    Hey was this for that one contest. It makes for an interesting read, Mitch. Good story .And thanks so much for visting my blog. LUv, andrea

  1. Date: 4/3/2010 9:51:00 PM
    Clever this is what I need . I will look over it with joy. At to my favs...Thank you on .Never read tankas before. Also thank you for many of your comments. A pleasure reading and learning.

  1. Date: 3/25/2010 12:08:00 AM
    That was actually based on a true story, was truly amazing.

  1. Date: 3/25/2010 12:07:00 AM
    I saw that movie and balled my eyes out- you captured the mood and idea so well here. Great job!

  1. Date: 3/24/2010 4:44:00 PM
    Sweet and wonderful tale ..very heartwarming Mitch. .. so enjoyed reading your creative write tonight..luv.. "Sweetheart"

  1. Date: 3/24/2010 2:14:00 PM
    What a heartfelt tale....this sounds like a legend that has been passed down...brings a tear to the eye, a picture of him sitting and waiting. A sweet, sad, but tender poem, Mitch! Love, Carrie

  1. Date: 3/24/2010 6:32:00 AM
    Interesting write...Great idea and very good presentation...Dogs are great and what they know from scent is amazing...Their faithfulness should be an example to mankind..Sara

  1. Date: 3/24/2010 5:57:00 AM
    sad story--enjoyed