Inspiration – a tanka

The Nine Muses

Pen put to paper,
Record the gifts of the Muse,
Scribbled in frenzies,
Possessed hand cramped and swollen
Until the thought is finished

7/17/18

Response to Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 93, “Inspiration & Plan,” #SynonymsOnly.

Image is a detail from a 2nd Century Roman sarcophagus depciting the 9 Muses and thier symbols. They are, from left to right:Clio (history), Thalia (comedy and pastoral poetry), Erato (love poetry), Euterpe (flutes and lyric poetry),  Polyhymnia (sacred poetry), Calliope (epic poetry), Terpsichore (dance), Urania (astronomy) and Melpomene (tragedy).

Found at WikiMedia Commons.

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Spellbound – Tanka

Spellbound, enchanted
Words of a cherished poet,
A salve for the soul,
Caressed by holy verses
Writ on pages now yellow.

7/12/18

 My response to Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge NO. 92, “Bewitch & Treasure,” #SynonymsOnlyColleen’s Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge NO. 92, “Bewitch & Treasure,” #SynonymsOnly.

Eriu’s Isle – a Tanka

Northwest of Prydein
Enchanted Emerald Isle,
On the border ‘tween
This land and the other-world,
From which the Banshees still wail.

7/3/18

My response to COLLEEN’S WEEKLY #TANKA TUESDAY #POETRY CHALLENGE NO. 91, “Magic & Green,” #SYNONYMSONLYCOLLEEN’S WEEKLY #TANKA TUESDAY #POETRY CHALLENGE NO. 91, “Magic & Green,” #SYNONYMSONLY.

Visions (a tanka)

Possessed by visions,
Unwilling and unwanted,
Beautiful nightmares
Of terrible, wonderful
Truths, changing our perceptions.

5/9-5/11/18

My response to Colleen’s 2018 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 82 – BELONG & DREAM #SynonymsOnly.

Carpe Diem – a Tanka

Delicate rosebuds
Collected in the garden,
Sweet smell of summer,
Now just dried dead memories
As we all, someday, will be.

4/19/18

This is my response to Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 80, GATHER & SOFT, #SynonymsOnly

My 18th poem for National Poetry Writing Month.

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Masquerade – a tanka

Mystery abounds
Life is a masquerade ball
Disguise required
No one can know who you are
Even you’re not really sure

4/10/18

My response to Colleen’s 2018 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 79, DANCE & COMMAND #SynonymsOnly.

My tenth poem for National Poetry Writing Month.

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Time – a tanka

Regrets of the past,
The allure of the future,
Yet neither exist:
The only thing that’s real is
What is happening right now.

3/27/18

In response to Colleen’s 2018 #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 77: CHARM & TIME, #SnyonymsOnly.

The Road You’re On (Tanka)

Not in ecstasy,
Nor anger, nor agony.
Find the middle path
‘Tween ascetic and excess
Free from suffering and grief.

3/21/18

My response to Colleen’s 2018 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 76: JOY & FURY, #SnyonymnsOnly.

Only One Moment (a tanka)

A single moment
Is all that truly exists,
No past; no future.
One moment in which to act,
One moment in which to make a change.

 

3/18/18

Tanka for My Son

Watching you grow up
Grateful for every moment
Bound by love, not blood.
Baseball, Jedi, and Time Lords
I never want it to end.

11/21/17

My fourth response to Colleen’s Weekly #Poetry Tuesday Challenge Recap & A Month of November Poetry Prompts.