Tanabata Festival # Tanka Tuesday

Tanabata Festival # Tanka Tuesday

star crossed lover waits
by the heavenly river
magpies bridge the way

wishes penned on tanzaku
decorating floating trees


high in southern sky
summer triangle marking
the change of seasons

summer has ebb into fall
Altair and Vega now wait



waiting room
a patch of sunlight
wears out the chairs

© Jane Reichhold

And here is an example written by Basho (1644-1694) in which he uses paradox:

black forest
whatever you may saya
morning of snow

© Basho (Tr. Jane Reichhold)

early morning
quiet walk in the forest
hedged in birdsong

Tanka Tuesday – Night Sky #Haiku #Tanka

Tanka Tuesday – Night Sky #Haiku #Tanka


My father introduced me to the constellations as a child.  We would first look for the milky way and then start finding the summer constellations.  Of all my siblings I was the only one really interested.  Even with meteor showers, one by one my sisters would slip into the house until I was alone with the heavens, stars and my thoughts. This is still one of my favorite things to do.

Milky Way, Universe, Perseids, Cosmos, Stars, Nature

night sky so clear
I see my childhood
through father’s eyes


alone in the dark
watching the Perseids shower
all night thoughts blazing