byways

byways s

earth and its creatures
magic in shadow
byways reflected moonward
starpaths that carry
the edges of endless tides

Colleen gave us the photo, above, as our #Tanka Tuesday inspiration.  My collage and gogyohka approach it from a distance.

byways close up s

After I saw how Jude at Tales Told Different reversed the order of his tanka lines to make a new and complementary poem, I decided to try it with my 5 lines.  To my surprise, it also works when turned around…an unplanned bonus.

the edges of endless tides
starpaths that carry
byways reflected moonward
magic in shadow
earth and its creatures

15 thoughts on “byways

  1. It’s interesting how the poem turned around is the same and subtly different. I can’t decide which version I like better. I like how you how you approached this challenge “from a distance.” I didn’t know what to do with this photo.
    I love your collage–magic and everything soaring to the light.

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    1. Thanks Merril. I did the collage first for this one–it seemed somehow to complement Colleen’s photo. I have certainly done odes to cats, but I thought this photo required something more.
      I’m not sure all my 5 line poems would work in reverse, but I was amazed at how well this one did. I agree–I don’t know which version I like better.

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