The Footbridge: Tanka

glimmer-green dancers

flow in Sarabande rhythm

beneath the footbridge

music travels through space, time

captured by the artist’s brush



Claude Monet, The Japanese Footbridge and the Water Lily Pool, Giverny, 1899
The Mr. and Mrs. Carroll S. Tyson, Jr., Collection, 1963
Philadelphia Museum of Art



Claude Debussy, Sarabande pour le Piano, L95 

This is a tanka for Colleen Chesebro’s Weekly Poetry Challenge.

The prompt words were music and art.


12 thoughts on “The Footbridge: Tanka

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  2. The dancing, flowing movement of water, you captured in words “glimmer-green.”
    I could imagine music playing. I am not sure I know this one. I definitely could hear John Denver’s, “Annie’s Song.”
    It isn’t orchestral but flows and shimmers in my mind, Merril.
    . . . “You fill up my senses like. . .
    a night in the forest
    the mountains in springtime
    a walk in the rain
    a storm in the desert
    a sleepy blue ocean. . .”

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