d’Verse Poetics – Guest Prompter: Healing of Nature – tanka

Today at d’Verse Poetics Pub, CC is our guest “bartender”. She is speaking to us about Nature and the healing of Nature so our poems are being written around that theme. So many of us, I know, find that peace and healing in Nature – no matter how busy the day or how much stress, some time in our gardens, walking in a park, sitting on a porch in the summer night and listening to the night sounds, always seem to soothe us and help heal our hearts. I have included a video from YouTube of a summer night in East Tennessee. it is like the summer night sounds around here. The video is 3 1/2 minutes long, but the first few seconds should give you a good idea if you want to listen. There are no visuals, just darkness and summer sounds.  These sounds remind me of my childhood and sitting out at night.  I still do that – sit on my back steps at night to rest, recycle, reclaim my inner peace, being restful with Nature.

Come join us at d’Verse Poetics today and read about healing Nature and please, feel free to contribute one of your poems along that theme! We are not a bunch of snobs and welcome all to participate in the discussion and to link up your poem and comment.  http://dversepoets.com/2015/07/28/poetics-in-tune-with-nature

cicadas singing
summer night lullaby – warm
darkness surrounds – day’s
distractions all disappear –
soft night’s healing peace

33 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. X
    Jul 28, 2015 @ 15:25:36

    This is a sound I am very familiar with, my wife being from Eastern Tennessee. THe cicadas can be SO loud. Ha. It can be a lullaby though. Drop a bull frog chorus in there for some bass. Ha. I could seriously put this on and fall to sleep.


  2. Victoria C. Slotto
    Jul 28, 2015 @ 15:32:52

    I love this–the sounds of the cicadas. Here we have crickets and in the desert, tree frogs–both of which fill the silence of night with their mating calls. I find them so calming, somehow…a sort of white noise.


  3. Grace
    Jul 28, 2015 @ 15:39:29

    I love the summer night lullaby ~ I will return to listen to the music in a bit ~ I specially admire the turn from warm to darkness on the third line ~ Kudos to the tanka ~


  4. C.C.
    Jul 28, 2015 @ 15:45:23

    There really is something particularly soothing about the cicadas song isn’t there? Thanks for linking up with this beautiful tanka 🙂


  5. MarinaSofia
    Jul 28, 2015 @ 15:59:26

    That’s exactly what it sounds like in Greece in summer!
    A lullaby? Perhaps. For me it’s the background music to long conversations on the veranda with friends. But there is indeed something very soothing about it – healing peace indeed.


    • kanzensakura
      Jul 28, 2015 @ 16:25:31

      I love the universality of that sound. I heard the same sounds sitting on a terrace in a garden in Hakone, Japan at night. It is always a lullaby to me – I have dreadful insomnia and at 2 am, these sounds sooth. But they can get raucous!


  6. Sanaa Rizvi
    Jul 28, 2015 @ 17:18:39

    Soft night’s healing peace..

    This is gorgeous!!


  7. Glenn Buttkus
    Jul 28, 2015 @ 17:24:53

    The bull frogs contata, added to night birds, rain on the roof, & a gurgling brook would be a fine adjunct to the busy cicadas.


  8. Delaina Miller (@DelainaMiller)
    Jul 28, 2015 @ 18:28:20

    Oh yes I can hear it all. Brilliant!


  9. Candy
    Jul 28, 2015 @ 18:46:47

    The sound of cicadas always makes me a little sad since it signal the season will soon change.
    outstanding poem!


  10. Suzanne
    Jul 28, 2015 @ 20:13:45

    Beautiful and soothing.


  11. Truedessa
    Jul 28, 2015 @ 22:33:45

    I sometimes sleep with the windows open and I can hear the songs of the tree frogs..there is something magical about those lullabies of night.


  12. Mary
    Jul 28, 2015 @ 22:57:59

    Your poem gives me a feeling of peace. Love those moments all distractions disappear.


  13. Sumana Roy
    Jul 29, 2015 @ 11:31:52

    love the summer night lullaby and thanks for the music of Nature…a soft darkness could be felt…


  14. katiemiafrederick
    Jul 29, 2015 @ 15:55:52

    Ah.. a life so quiet and open..
    to hear the crickets and cicadas
    of night.. and one of my favorite
    Lights the firefly
    of Nature’s


  15. Bryan Ens
    Jul 30, 2015 @ 00:36:49

    “day’s distractions all disappear”. Reminds me of the quote that says (and sorry, I don’t remember it word for word), “spend and hour in nature every day unless you’re too busy. Then spend two hours.”


  16. Shawna
    Jul 30, 2015 @ 12:45:22

    What beautiful music they make!


  17. Sabio Lantz
    Jul 30, 2015 @ 18:49:33

    Nice. I love the songs of cicadas — especially in Japan. The warm of evening can erase much pain. (or in some cases amplify it)


    • kanzensakura
      Jul 30, 2015 @ 21:33:04

      Indeed. years ago, on a very hot summer night, the 7 year cicadas had come out and it was a plague of them. I was having trouble sleeping and apparently so was my roommate. I was about to drift off when I heard her bedroom open and her, at the end of her rope scream out…SHUT UP!!!!!! I wanted to sleep but laughed instead.


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