In Nisei Daughter by Monica Sone, the author's mother stands at the window in a West Seattle apartment and recites a tanaka. "In reciting a poem, it was sung melodiously in a voice laden with sentiment and trembling emotion to give it proper meaning and effect... She gathered together all the beauty she saw and heard and felt through that window and pulled it into our little apartment for us to enjoy."
The fog-bound night
Ever deepening in somber silence
Tinged with chilling sadness
Could those be ships far off at sea
Echoing and re-echoing their deep foghorns?