I ... entered the poem of life, whose purpose is ... simply to witness the beauties of the world, to discover the many forms that love can take. (Barabara Blackman in 'Glass After Glass')

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3 July 2015

Red wine: tanka, June 2015

red wine
the full moon rises
bright white
I raise my glass
through the pane

2/6/15


gazing
at the young beauty
decides
to nurture instead
the old companion

9/6/15


High whine. Roar.
Revving his bike
yet again
in the driveway,
he spins his wheels.

16/6/15


In the Tarot class
we do serious readings
and laugh together.
I boss them: ‘Stop chattering!’
and they reward me with cake.


23/6/15


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35 comments:

  1. I love the raising of the glass to the moon! These are all wonderful, Rosemary. I am always amazed at how testosterone seems to require noisy motors. A mystery.

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  2. Both the young beauty and the old companion are worthy. Everything in its time.
    Raising a glass to the full moon seems like the appropriate thing to do!
    A beautiful set, Rosemary.

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  3. love raising the glass in a toast to the full moon...all the images are so beautiful...

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  4. I like the individual poems but also the juxtaposition. I wouldn't mind being rewarded with cake, especially after chiding someone.

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  5. The second sounds loud with Hank who has the wonderful lady plus 5 grandees to keep company. Wonderful take Rosemary!

    Hank

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  6. i feel these tanka is about independence or showing what a woman is. i really like the first and last one. :)

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  7. Each one has that touch of humor. Clearly the old companion choice was well thought out!

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  8. Like thumbnail sketches of the senses in everyday action. Like a collage of stage sets. Most appealing.

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  9. People who love spinning their wheels in the driveway most likely spin their wheels, i.e. fail to progress, elsewhere in life.

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  10. yes, i do agree with totomai that these tanka are about independence. there may be a tinge of regret in the lines, but the overall message is a positive one, i.e. to live life to its fullest.

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  11. Love the first one especially... it talks to me!

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  12. From the first action of celebration to the last..i love every line and phrase..cheers!

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  13. This is such a joyous piece :D I loved the idea of raising a toast to the beautiful full moon.. such an air of content in this poem :D Beautifully executed :D

    Lots of love,
    Sanaa

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  14. Goodness, so many comments came in while I was otherwise occupied! Thanks all. I should perhaps explain the second of these tanka now, even though I deliberately left it ambiguous. A friend was tempted to get a beautiful young cat that was on offer, but decided instead to focus on cherishing the elderly cat she already has in his final months or (hopefully) years.

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    1. LOL....none of them were thinking about a cat!

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    2. Well, it was open to interpretation, LOL.

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  15. Lovely poems, quite enjoyable.

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  16. Oh the wine how well it goes with moon.

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  17. I toast the moon too at times. So I know that image :) Nice tanka.

    Leo @ I Rhyme Without Reason.

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  18. Why is it that the revving of the bike engine seems to come right around the same time Sleep has finally almost won me over?

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  19. I love these. Now, I'd like to sip some wine.

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  20. these snippets of events are just so neat and concise. makes me wanna sip my tea and beg for more. hehehe.

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  21. I like the first one I would raise my glass to the moon..the last one made me smile those tarots can be quite serious and hey you even get a bit of cake to enjoy for a successful reading.

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  22. A beautiful toast to the full moon...love wonderful little stories.

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  23. red wine and high wine knocked my socks off. I had already started to sing auld lang sein at the second one. Both my brothers ride motorcycles, noisy but fun, I gather. They will rev even louder if you invite them in for cake!

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  24. Great poems, love the feel of them.

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  25. What a beautiful poem. I can picture the all images in my mind. So lovely! The first one especially is mind blowing, Rosemary!

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  26. Rosemary,

    There is a comfort in the bouquet of a good glass of red wine. The words you have shared, are all images in reality..
    Eileen

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  27. I enjoyed all of them, but especially that last one. Reminded me of my years of teaching, some of my most rewarding experiences,

    Elizabeth

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  28. These are awesome. You have a real flair for the tanka form ... the first one was stellar - an absolute treat that (in the right setting) I'm sure will return to me again and again. Smiles

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  29. I especially like the second one ... shows loyalty & committment! :)

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