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

Departure

Departure

Carpe Diem #1421 desert (extreme haibun)

I stare at the garden. No rain has fallen. The earth splitting with cracks, the plants parched.  The only green a pear cactus. My heart aches.  A drop of moisture hits a dragon fly on the ground, Alas, only a remaining tear.

dragonfly_pe.jpg

hardened ground
no hope blossoms with the sun
my soul a desert

Road to Satiago -Penitence

Road to Satiago -Penitence

Carpe Diem #1127 penitence

Once when i was five I sat on the back porch for over an hour fascinated with a daddy-long-legged spider (harvestman)  I watched it crawl over my hand and arm until one of the legs came off.  Then I examined the leg and noticed that it still kicked for awhile.  Fascinated I pulled the legs off one by one, watching until it was still and then pulling off another.  I did not think of the cruelty  until just the body remained in my hand.

legless harvestman
each segment still jerking
in my dreams

Throughout my life this scene comes back to remind me of the need to be kind to all and careful of our actions or else we could easily and carelessly become murders of more than just spiders

once spoken
words cannot be recalled
despite penitence