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Mountains of My Mind #Haibun #Tanka

Flower with Flatirons in the background

Mountains of My Mind

I stop to admire a flower and wonder what she is doing.   I turn a corner, see a bird and think of the latest outrage he tweeted.  I touch the tall pine and politics dominate my thoughts.  I go up the rise, hard rock beneath my feet, and think of nuclear tipped missiles falling from space.  But I push harder, sweat more, and go farther up this mountain.  Soon, I take in the view and my mind is blank, quiet.  I look around and all there is, is nature.  And me.

From the mountain top
The Earth spreads out calm below
The world seems at peace
I need refuge from Mankind
The turmoil of daily life

I am an extreme Introvert.  My mind drowns out all sounds around it.   Sometimes I need to go where there is no competition, no distraction from people talking.  I need to go where there are no sounds made from Man.  On a deserted beach at dawn, or deep in the forest, or high on a mountain top, I can be me.  Sometimes that mountain only exists in my head.

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The Clear Light of You – #Haibun #Tanka

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The Clear Light of You

I am walking through a misty wood, lost without a path.  I stumble forward, looking for a beam of light, looking for you.  Is that shape in front of me, that shadow, a person?  Is it walking towards me?  Will it emerge so I can see?  Can that shape be you?  But no, there is a swirl and it dissolves.  I am once again alone in the fog.

We think we can see
In Plato’s land of shadow
And know each other
In the end it’s not there
It is only illusion

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The Gift – #Tanka

Pyschodelic Music

If you’re down and blue
I will write a song for you
For your ears alone
This small gift I’ll give to you
To repay the seeds you’ve sown

I don’t know if this is technically a Tanka.  It has the 5-7-5-7-7 scheme and the last two lines are stand alone (maybe), but it is a bit different….

Anyway, this was written for Colleen’s Weekly #Poetry Challenge.  The key words for the week were “Gift” and “Song”.

Light and Shadow – #tanka

Eclipse shadows

Shadow on your heart
Shattered, broken, dark with pain
Whirlpool pulls you down
Love offers you a spotlight
Highlights your inner beauty

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Written for Colleen’s Weekly poetry challenge.

The words this week were “Light” and “Shadow”, but I cheated a smidgen and used the words “spotlight” and “Highlights”.  I’m sure the Tanka Police won’t come after me ;)

And for the heck of it, I used a picture of light and shadow – a projection of the eclipsing sun seen through multiple pinholes in a piece of paper.  I think they look almost like hearts.  Or perhaps like falling tears….  Ok, ok, knowing a major theme of my blog, I’ll say they look like smiles :)