Black storm rose coolly–
day was yet springing up light
rain and petals sprayed
the moon asleep, so she soars
dreaming above in blue mist
The rain woke me up early this morning. We’re supposed to get thunderstorms later. As always, the Oracle knows.
Laud the dawn chorus–
robin, cardinal, and wren
trill night into day
light streaming golden and pink
as cherry blossoms in spring
This tanka is for Colleen’s Tanka Tuesday, using synonyms for sing and celebrate, and for Frank’s Haikai Challenge.
our existence here so brief,
circling through seasons
we love, destroy, yet wish for
our cerulean orb, home
Photo originally taken by Apollo 17 crew, Wikipedia Commons
Another busy day. Off prompt for NaPoWriMo. I’ve written a tanka for Colleen’s Tanka Tuesday, using synonyms for enchant and shape, and for Frank’s Haikai Challenge using the prompt Earth.
white blossoms bloom, fall,
enjoin us to remember
time’s susurrus stream
twists and swings, no steady course
to follow through seas of life
Hiroshi Yoshida, “Kumoi Cherry Trees,” Toledo Museum of Art [Public domain or Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
This tanka is for Frank’s Haikai Challenge using the prompt, Cherry Blossoms
Colleen’s Tanka Tuesday using synonyms for dance and command.
Today’s NaPoWriMo prompt asks us to consider the future, but I don’t see the future as a straight line. Perhaps there are many futures (and many pasts).
daffodils pay bright homage,
echoing the sun,
the golden rays breed passion,
love and hate rise up
white buds burst open,
spring no longer a maiden
swells with fruitfulness
till her petals wilt and fall
covering the blood-soaked ground.
This double tanka is for Colleen’s Tanka Tuesday, using synonyms for grow and honor. This is also for NaNoWriMo. This may or may not fit the prompt.
She dreams of springtime
sunshine kissing seeds and buds,
a season of hope
ensorcells her once again
to drift with cherry blossoms
John William Waterhouse, “Windswept,” [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
This is for Colleen’s Tanka Tuesday—using synonyms of charm and time.
Say their names slowly–
remember each life lost, now
tolled in hopes and prayers
by those who have forgotten
love, embracing greed instead
This is a tanka for dVerse. Frank asked us for brevity.
This Tanka is for Colleen’s Tanka Tuesday. We were asked to use synonyms for the words destiny and challenge. Today is the beginning of birthday month in our household–both daughters and my husband.
Fate may have spoken
in winter’s chill, buds blossomed,
forever hearts call—testing–
love answers without a doubt
This tanka is for Colleen’s Tanka Tuesday. Colleen asked us to use synonyms for myth and write
In the before time
seven sisters soared skyward
sailing the night sea
in my dreams, I sail with them,
creating my own stories
By NASA, ESA, AURA/Caltech, Palomar Observatory, “The Pleiades,” [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
This is for Colleen’s Tanka Tuesday, using synonyms for destination and guide.
This is also for Mish’s dVerse prompt to write a poem based on one of Sharon Knight’s wonderful photos.
experts give advice–
signposts along bumpy roads
stretch to tomorrow
infinite unknown pathways
curve between past and future
“unincorporated” by Sharon Knight, used with permission from https://sunearthsky.com/