あけがたは耳さむく聴く雨だれのポルポトといふ名を持つをとこ 大辻 隆弘（１９６０～）
Arousing, my ears caught bleakly
sound of falling drops
...It's the name of a man,
Pol Pot Takahiro Ohtsuji
In this tanka poem the writer overlays an image on another image effectively by an onomatopoeia,pol pot, from drops to a name.
Pol Pot(1925～1998) is a notorious Cambodian prime minister(1976～1997), as it well known.
In genre of tanka, they can sing about almost all events, landscapes, dairy matters and social ones.
In the case of social matters it is difficult to describe something more than mouthing slogans, because writers usually get information through media.
|my neighbour's magnolia|
taken in early spring
Whity buds of purple magnolia
pointing up and staring at nothing,
Nearly 20,000 victims
are left up in the air
in northen Japan haricot
Although I don't know if this one came into effect well or not, I could not help making this about aftermath of 3.11 disaster by earthquake and Tsunami, around one month later.
About four months have passed since it occurred, there are still more than 22,000 dead and unexplained disappearances.
倒されて運ばるるとき天心をはじめて見たるレーニンの像 大塚 寅彦（１９６１～）
and being carried on
It saw the centre of sphere
for the first time,
The statue of Lenin Torahiko Ohtsuka
Vladimir Lenin was a Marxist in Soviet, and this tanka is written in a sort of sarcastic way for the famous parson and the statue.
I suppose that many readers would bring up the image of Saddam Hussein's statue that was pulled down in 2003.
As for a statue I also remembered the story " Happy Prince"by Oscar Wilde. It is written with sarcastic point of view, in a different way. (plot is here)
The rainy season around this area was over only this week.