For Colleen’s #tanka tuesday, using a quote supplied by Merril Smith, below, as inspiration.
“How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed in a weary world.”― William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice
I’ve been in a creative funk the past few days, so I consulted the Oracle for some help with my shadorma sequence. And once again, I’m recycling some old art.
within the workings
of a life
home by remembering the
rhythms of the stars
trees that grow between
to the cycles stitched full through
what shines from the heart
this ancient primal
strikes suddenly from the depths
of water and earth
A shadorma for Colleen’s #Tanka Tuesday, inspired by the photo, above, supplied by Vashti Q at The Writer Next Door.
leaves behind a trail
of tears, a
of dazzling blue fire and the
mad Czar’s purple sword
true, Aurora laughs,
acres, wandering among
old Jacob’s cattle
Queen calls on Jack Ice
into Reine des Glaces
A bit of fun using the seed names suggested by Sarah at dVerse in a shadorma chain for Colleen’s #TankaTuesday with synonyms for harmony and transition. Perfect words for a garden!
carry the end
back to the beginning?
who will remember the lost, re
the disappeared? Who will fill life
with futures, release those
fragile wings to
I decided to do my May grid and a butterfly cinquain for both the NaPoWriMo Day 30 prompt, “something that returns”, and Colleen’s #Tanka Tuesday prompt theme, chosen by Elizabeth from Tea and Paper, “the day after”.
When Nina and I first started blogging at memadtwo, one of my recurring themes was endangered species. I posted twice (here and here) about the Monarch Butterfly, and wrote in one post:
Most people know that monarchs migrate from the United States and Canada to central Mexico to hibernate in winter. This can mean a trip of nearly 3,000 miles!
Between 2012 and 2013 the amount of butterflies who wintered in the Mexican forest decreased by 40%. The forest habitat itself is disappearing as a result of illegal logging. But the extreme weather conditions of the last few years, due to climate change, have also caused lower hatching rates. Another factor is the loss of milkweed plants, the primary food source for monarchs, killed by agricultural herbicides.
Perhaps the coronavirus will provide these beautiful creatures with some respite from human destruction.
When looking for music about migration I remembered Steve Earle’s song. Monarchs remind us that borders are only the lines that we ourselves choose to draw.
Thanks to Maureen Thorson and all the participants in NaPoWriMo 2020 for helping me to travel all over the world and creating bridges that reached far beyond the walls and borders of our politics and our forced isolation.
when the songs
of the universe
sit inside the opening–
inhale exhale breathe
For Colleen’s #Tanka Tuesday photo prompt, above, another shadorma. Also off prompt for NaPoWriMo Day 23.
all is dis
order, from concept
patterns I hide the stitches,
untamed by surprise
For the dVerse theme of order, hosted by Laura, and Colleen’s Tanka Tuesday, where the words are idea and fancy. I used shadorma, a form I often turn to when I’m not feeling focused.
The art is a work in progress, which illustrates well the way I operate in general. I liked the scraps of handmade paper I had accumulated, and spent a long time arranging and rearranging them. I wanted to do some stitching, because I find it soothing, so I just started making running stitch circles. I have no idea where or when it will finally end. But when I’m feeling anxious, it’s a good place to go.
of ancient intervals
gathering darkness to exchange
A cinquain for Colleen’s Tanka Tuesday challenge.