This sunny April
afternoon light dances with
shadows, but notice?
They are like secret lovers–
the whisper of unsigned notes
frangible buds burst
open in bloom, an eye-blink
in star-time glimmer–
we’re bird-dropped flower seeds
adrift in eternal seas
With so many other things going on this month, I’ve missed many prompts. I’ve tried to combine three here. Sanaa’s Line messaging prompt, Punam’s song titles, and Colleen’s tanka Tuesday prompt to write a tanka. Writing tanka makes my brain hurt, even without trying to connect final lines, so I’ve only managed two stanzas. I’m sharing this with dVerse Open Link Night.
Merril, your tanka are superb! I get two distinct images from each tanka, which are full of imagery. I also like your pivot lines… both make your tanka sing! 💖
Thank you very much, Colleen! ❤️ It was a balancing act to fit all the prompts in.
And you pulled it off so well! Your imagery is gorgeous!
Thank you again! ❣️
I love “frangible buds burst
open in bloom, an eye-blink
in star-time glimmer”! Seamless use of the lines and wonderful combining of the prompts, Merril. 💙
Thanks for joining in.
Thank you, Punam. 💙
I felt bad that I missed your prompt, so I’m glad I was able to get it in here.
Beautiful tankas, Merril!
Yvette M Calleiro 🙂
Beautiful lines here, Merril. You’ve kept up your Ekphrastic challenge throughout the month
Thank you so much, Derrick.
Yes, and slipped this one in, too. 🙂
This one could have been inspired by the Oracle, the stars and ship imagery. That’s quite an exploit fitting in all the prompts into two five-line stanzas, and without it sounding anything but poetic!
Thank you very much! The Oracle is everywhere. 🙂
I was pleased with how it turned out, even as I was cursing away at trying to fit it into the correct syllabic form along with the prompts!
You managed it without a single missed step 🙂
Thank you again! 🌸
This is lovely, Merril, especially when paired with those gorgeous blossoms 🌸
Thank you very much, Ingrid! 🌸
A delicate poem that suddenly bursts with ‘frangible buds’. I love the shadows ‘like secret lovers’, and ‘bird-dropped flower seeds / adrift in eternal seas’.
A magical interlude. You wove those song titles in seamlessly. We’re enjoying those pink lawns here too–I wonder if they will be gone after our rain-drenched weekend. (K)
We had to turn our heat back on this weekend. It was so cold in the house that even our cat was miserable. It is very gloomy!
Yes, our heat is, amazingly, on too. We’ve had some pretty cold nights without it lately. Gloomy and quite foggy here as well. I got soaked walking back from dinner at my older daughter’s last night. I haven’t ventured out at all today.
I haven’t been out either.
Beautifully written Merril specially the second one. Love when the fragile buds begin to open and bloom, in an eye-blink.
Thank you very much, Grace! 🌸
Oh, when it happens it is so great… I think still the one we see most are those who are perennial.
Thank you. 🙂
Thank you, Linda!
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You’ve caught April’s essence perfectly in your Tankas and I love the photo absolutely beautiful 💜
Thank you so much, Willow. It’s the park near my house.
It is stunning 😊