River of Heaven

Posted for Mid-Week Motif at Poet’s United – Midweek Motif, prompt:  River.  Excellent prompts are gifted each week here.  http://poetryblogroll.blogspot.com/2015/11/poets-united-midweek-motif-river.html  Also posted for d’Verse Poets Open Link Night.  Open Link Night is where we get to post a new poem in any style/form/subject we choose.  Always an interesting array of poems submitted.  Come and check out both websites for excellent reading and hopefully, to submit one of your own poems!  Both are friendly and supportive communities – no snobs!!!!  Huge grin.  Try it, you might like it.  I am submitting a haiku this week.  The word amanogawa is the Japanese word for the Milky Way and means:  river of heaven or, celestial river.  It is one of the  seasonal words for autumn.  Traditional Haiku reflect the changing seasons and have kigo – seasonal word in the first line reflecting the when of the haiku.  This explanation is longer than the poem!!!

shines in the darkness – light flows
around star islands.

free public domain image

free public domain image


49 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)
    Nov 12, 2015 @ 15:35:48

    I remember the wonderful way you can write haiku on the milky way.. I have almost never been fortunate enough to see such starry skies… star islands.. a wonderful thought


    • kanzensakura
      Nov 12, 2015 @ 15:47:59

      Thank you. I love the sky at night. I can just imagine how those stars would work on you! As much as I love the blue skies of day, I think the black sky full of stars moves my heart even more.


  2. Sanaa Rizvi
    Nov 12, 2015 @ 15:39:56

    Gorgeous Haiku Toni 🙂


  3. charliezero1.wordpress.com
    Nov 12, 2015 @ 16:20:03

    So incredibly beautiful my friend. I love the images from your Haiku. 🙂


  4. Abhra
    Nov 12, 2015 @ 16:20:48

    Wow, I didn’t know this word – in Bengali, there exists a similar word for our galaxy.


  5. Glenn Buttkus
    Nov 12, 2015 @ 16:43:33

    River of the night sky, so ethereal & lovely, & stars like Hemingway’s islands in the stream; rocking the river prompt cosmically. Wondrous sharing.


  6. Mary
    Nov 12, 2015 @ 17:07:28

    What a lovely haiku. It really does give insight into the appearance of the Milky Way.


  7. Bryan Ens
    Nov 12, 2015 @ 17:27:45

    Love the image of “star islands”


  8. Pleasant Street
    Nov 12, 2015 @ 18:02:54

    Lovely. it’s always a gift to look up and see the stars so clearly.


  9. Bodhirose
    Nov 12, 2015 @ 18:02:56

    I think the night sky moves my heart more too. After all, it is the moon and the stars that lovers gaze upon…you don’t much hear about them gazing up at the blue sky together. Love your haiku of the river of stars…just gorgeous.


  10. Victoria C. Slotto
    Nov 12, 2015 @ 18:07:48

    Just gorgeous. I love how you incorporate Japanese words and phrases into your poetry, and how meaningful it becomes thanks to your explanations. Always a joy to read your work, sister.


  11. navasolanature
    Nov 12, 2015 @ 18:36:53

    Your way with words is magical and I like the wonderful sound of the Milky Way in Japanese.


  12. Grace
    Nov 12, 2015 @ 18:43:53

    I learned something new today, thank you ~ Love that capture of celestial stars and heaven ~


    • kanzensakura
      Nov 13, 2015 @ 00:28:26

      Thank you. It is a truly lovely word in so many senses of the word.


    • kanzensakura
      Nov 13, 2015 @ 00:34:46

      It’s funny how the appearance seems depending on the “view” – spiral, river like, like a flattened “Saturn” with the ball in the middle and then the “rings” on the sides….at night, I so enjoy seeing it rising, falling, lengthening….just like an earth river.


  13. thotpurge
    Nov 12, 2015 @ 20:40:01

    What a beautiful word…it has a glow all on its own!


  14. Suzanne
    Nov 12, 2015 @ 23:01:55

    I love the imagery you have used here – light flowing around star islands is a wonderful description.


  15. keithnlaila
    Nov 13, 2015 @ 02:01:22

    Lovely. I am putting ‘river of heaven’ in my haiku notebook.


  16. MarinaSofia
    Nov 13, 2015 @ 04:14:01

    Seldom have I seen such clear skies, but I love the idea of star islands…


  17. kaykuala h
    Nov 13, 2015 @ 09:51:18

    Appreciation of the night skies can be such a fascination! Nicely Toni!



  18. othermary
    Nov 14, 2015 @ 08:01:44

    I like the way you have interpreted “river.”


  19. vbholmes
    Nov 15, 2015 @ 15:30:25

    shines in the darkness”
    I like the sounds of these words together as well as the image they invoke. Lovely.


  20. Linda Kruschke
    Nov 15, 2015 @ 23:28:02

    Beautiful haiku. And I, for one, always love your intros and explanations. Peace, Linda


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