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

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high in southern sky
summer triangle marking
the change of seasons

summer has ebb into fall
Altair and Vega now wait

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PARADOX

PARADOX

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

COLLEEN’S 2020 WEEKLY #TANKA TUESDAY #POETRY CHALLENGE NO. 196, #THEMEPROMPT

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

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