autumn robins – tanka

autumn robins on
their trip farther down south stop
for a snack at the
convenience store of my front
yard – crickets the special for
the day – free to all

"Robins" free illustration by John Burroughs, 1876

“Robins” free illustration by John Burroughs, 1876

Heart Rains – tanka

free public image

free public image

Heart rains

dry hot summer ends –
soft rain taps on leaves like sad
tears falling from the
grey sky – I lift my face and
whisper your name – can you hear
me – do you know my heart rains?

Tanka are poems with line syllables of 5-7-5-7-7. There is an extra line of 7 syllables making this form Bussoku-sekika – footprint of Buddha, a rare form of poetry, an early form of waka. It is written for my friend Peggie – Huntmode on wordpress, who died this past May.  I am linking to Poetry Pantry today for the first time:  http://poetryblogroll.blogspot.se/2015/09/poetry-pantry-271.html

 

 

d’Verse Poetics: Change #2 tanka

Another tanka for d’Verse Poetics on the prompt of Change.

 

pink cherry blossoms
from tiny buds now green leaves
form a canopy –
green leaves fluttering soon to
be withered leaves on my lawn.

Mujō – Change: Tanka set

Tuesday, I am privileged to be the Pubtender and Prompter for the Tuesday Poetics at d’Verse Poetics Pub.  It is getting to be (in spite of the heat!) autumn.  Subtle signs but there if you take the time to notice.  My prompt for today for our community and those who want to join us, is to, in 24 lines or fewer, write about change.  The Japanese word Mujō 無常 means “impermanence”.  It is one of the major aesthetics of the Japanese culture that all things change, nothing is permanent, and to embrace that idea.

I think this quote from Alan Watts says it all – about the culture of change, embracing it, and joining in the dance of change in our world:  “The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.”  Please come and visit us to read the discussion about changes, to join in, to enjoy the poems that will be linked with all the different takes on the prompt and to please, add your own if you feel inspired.  A video from my favorite group World Order is included on the post.  The slideshow illustrates changes in the lane and woods by my home – summer and autumn.  My poem is linked to d’Verse:  http://dversepoets.com/2015/09/15/poetics-ch-ch-changes

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Three Autumn Tanka
I.
autumn knocks softly –
a long absent friend unsure
of being welcomed –
gold leaf against green back drop
summer smiling beckons in.

II.
red carp scale clouds hang
in cool morning sky – heavy
dew pearls on thin web –
garden spider curled dead in
corner of its final web.

III.
chill of soundless night –
faint light of crescent moon – time
has no meaning as
one gold leaf drifts down to the
edge of sleeping country road

 

d’Verse Poetics – Echo Verse

Mary is our bartender today at d’Verse Poetics.  She has given us an interesting prompt today:  echo poetry.  The line below echoes the last word in the line above. We have some interesting and varied responses to this prompt. Come visit us to read the creativity of the linked poets and as always, please feel free to submit your own and comment on the poems. And please, tell your friends!    http://dversepoets.com/2015/08/13/meeting-the-bar-echo-verse

Being heartily sick of the summer heat, I have delved into my second favorite poetry form – tanka – but with the echo twist and…..icy trees!

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copyright kanzensakura

 Tree Bones
snow covered tree bones
bones
rattle tangle in cold wind
sinned
Icy plum tree shivers
quivers

huddled birds are silent – no
snow
sound except the bones
moans

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

d’Verse Poetics – Trains! tanka 短歌

Today at d’Verse Poetics, Bill is our conductor! He has been bicycling on trails that used to be regular train routes. He is prompting us to write about trains.  The tickets are free.  Come and climb on board and ride the rails with us:  http://dversepoets.com/2015/07/21/poetics-all-aboard

 

Summer night – humid
Air stands still – distant train sounds
Travel and nestle
In my dreams of going somewhere –
to a place of long ago.

Pewter Landscape III

This is the final poem in the series taken from my tanka, Pewter Landscape, with lines from the tanka used in each poem. The quote line is from Shakespeare’s Richard the Third, act one, scene one, 1-4.

December night sky –
snow like frozen stars, silent
as dust falls to earth.
no wishes on these stars, no dreams.
line of black trees
separating white snow from pewter sky.
ghostly landscape sleeps.
summer photograph fades with time.
“the winter of our discontent”…
hopes become buried in the ocean of snow.

Pewter Landscape II

the full moon is the watch dog
guarding the shadows of night.
the landscape is awash in greys, blacks and white.
summer heat pulses
cicadas thrum
tree frogs cry for rain
but the merciless moon shines bright
in a cloudless night sky.
a faint sussuration
like the sighs of dry grasses
remembering the wind
passes around, through me.
the road says, come with me now.
the country roads are empty
and like ribbons of silver they stretch to the horizon.
headlights turned off
driving in silence by the light of the moon
humming tires…
pewter moonlight monochrome
ghostly landscape sleeps,
I need to get lost tonight.

***Note: This is the second in a series of poems built from lines from Pewter Landscape – tanka

Pewter Landscape – tanka

summer photograph –
pewter moonlight monochrome
ghostly landscape sleeps,
the full moon is the watch dog
guarding the shadows of night.

春雨 shun u (gentle spring rain) tanka

Today at dVerse Poets is Open Link Night – we post any of our poems we choose to without a prompt. Come join us!

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copyright KanzenSakura

Spring Rain gently taps
Tender Green and begs a dance
While clover blossoms
On holiday enjoy a
Rainy day at Puddle Lake.

copyright KanzenSakura

copyright KanzenSakura

春の前触れ harbingers of spring – tanka 短歌,

"Robins" free illustration by John Burroughs, 1876

“Robins” free illustration by John Burroughs, 1876

春の前触れ Haru no maebur
Robins in my yard
Running chirping seeking worms
Thin layer of snow
Dissipates under their feet
In their chirps the sound of spring

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