Fields of wild strife—
I see purple flower clusters,
fires raging in B.C., Greece, California
unending warfare in faraway places,
my good fortune singed with sorrow.
Note: I use ‘strife’ to refer to the purple wildflower, ‘loosestrife’, as well as for the standard meaning: conflict and struggle.
The poem is intended to be a Gogyohka, a modern Japanese five-line poem with fewer requirements than a classical tanka.