Quadrille Monday – Shimmer

Today Victoria is giving us the prompt word for Quadrille Monday.  We are to write a poem of exactly 44 words (not including the title).  Our word is “shimmer”.  Isn’t that a wonderful word?  Come visit us at dVerse Poets Pub and read the Quadrilles for “shimmer”.  Because the poems are only 44 words, it won’t take you long to read and enjoy.  I am using one of my favorite Japanese season words (kigo) – Amanogawa – the Japanese word for the Milky Way  – the River of Heaven. dVerse Link for Quadrille #6 http://dversepoets.com/2016/04/04/quadrille-6/

The Eternal River
The river of heaven shimmers in the night sky.
its shape seems to be asking eternal questions
or flowing to the answers.
when I look up at night,
seeking or finding –
I am the impermanence,
the one who changes.
The river flows – eternal.

free public domain image

free public domain image Milky Way


29 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)
    Apr 04, 2016 @ 14:54:32

    Oh I wish I could ever see the milky way like that… a wonderful piece Toni.. certainly the sky gives us insight to eternity.


  2. Victoria C. Slotto
    Apr 04, 2016 @ 14:56:02

    Toni, this is so breath-taking, giving a sense of peace and the divine mystery. Thank you.


  3. Grace
    Apr 04, 2016 @ 15:19:20

    What a beautiful river of heaven Toni ~ Love this line which packs all the wisdom of life: I am the impermanence


  4. whimsygizmo
    Apr 04, 2016 @ 15:32:37

    Milky Way as “river of Heaven” = swoon.


  5. Linda Kruschke
    Apr 04, 2016 @ 15:39:03

    Beautiful quadrille and beautiful picture. I enjoyed this a lot.


  6. Bodhirose
    Apr 04, 2016 @ 16:12:58

    I love that phrase for the Milky Way too and what a deep soul searching/finding subject that illustrates it and our impermanence. Beautiful, Toni.


  7. ShirleyB
    Apr 04, 2016 @ 17:10:20

    You brought home the sheer vastness of the universe in these words.


  8. Jennifer Wagner
    Apr 04, 2016 @ 17:26:54

    This is so nice. What a cool pairing of your words and image.


  9. Pleasant Street
    Apr 04, 2016 @ 17:34:42

    I always think it’s a mystery how we stare into stars and the ocean, but we do seem to do our best meditating that way


  10. SilverGardenia
    Apr 04, 2016 @ 20:05:13

    Love the idea of it flowing towards answers.


  11. lynn__
    Apr 04, 2016 @ 21:50:23

    The river of heaven…a stunning sight, and quadrille!


  12. Candy
    Apr 04, 2016 @ 21:52:39

    I am the impermanence ….. this speaks volumes! well done.


  13. kim881
    Apr 05, 2016 @ 02:42:53

    A lovely river, Toni, and a particularly like the lines:
    ‘I am the impermanence,
    the one who changes.
    The river flows – eternal’


  14. lillian
    Apr 05, 2016 @ 10:11:15

    I just knew I would be reading a sensitive and beautiful poem from you when this word became the prompt! 🙂 Love this idea of a river in the sky….beautifully penned.


    • kanzensakura
      Apr 05, 2016 @ 14:08:02

      Thank you Lillian. You are always so very kind in your words. Amanogawa and I are long time companions. I am an insomniac and sometimes, sitting out at night and watching the stars is more restful than sleep.


      • lillian
        Apr 05, 2016 @ 19:37:04

        I do agree…….sadly, too much light pollution in Boston to see the stars. But I remember them well in Bermuda, our many years in Iowa, and on our many camping trips!


  15. ava
    Apr 05, 2016 @ 10:24:07

    This is really good. Really, really good. Like a proverb. Something to be carried out with me and revisited whenever wisdom is needed.

    “its shape seems to be asking eternal questions”

    “seeking or finding –
    I am the impermanence”


  16. Bryan Ens
    Apr 06, 2016 @ 08:42:08

    Nothing like the night sky to put this in perspective!


  17. Imelda
    Apr 06, 2016 @ 09:15:30

    An existential piece in 44 words. I like the meditative quality of your writing here. 🙂


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