Past and Future: Tanka

Well, it’s been a strange and not wonderful start to the New Year. My mom is in the hospital. Our Internet has been down for about a day and a half. I am trying to catch up now with e-mails, posts, and work. No Monday Morning Musings this week.

This tanka is for Frank Tassone’s New Year Challenge. I wrote it a few days ago, but this is the first chance I’ve had to post it.


calendar page turns

on cusp of past and future

time unchecked flows on


streams of shimmering light beams

paused in prismed memories



“The future began here.” This week’s picture was taken by ESO Photo Ambassador Babak Tafreshi at ESO’s La Silla Observatory. The bright lane of the Milky Way can be seen streaking across the skies above the Chilean Atacama Desert, beneath which sits the New Technology Telescope (NTT), one of the ten active telescopes located at the observatory. . .Wikipedia Commons





29 thoughts on “Past and Future: Tanka

  1. It’s okay to press pause with pesky problems at home and your mom in the hospital. Still you see the shiny possibilities of the new year. All good wishes for your mother’s swift recovery, Merril.

  2. Oh my, Merril. So sorry by missing this post, I missed a very important piece of your month so far. . .
    Hope things are going to improve. Last January, my Mom wandered outside, got pneumonia and we placed her in a safer, gentler environment. (Memory Care unit has really given her more energy, appetite and better outlook. . .)
    I have felt your comments sounded pensive but didn’t know why. Hugs and sincere wishes for peace, better health, improvement and love to your Mom, as well as you and your family. 💞

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