A Floating World…poetic history of tanka

Before Japan was performed as short songs in five lines short  long  short   long   long Heian imperial court was well versed in  tanka after a love affair exchanges of erotic tanka was expected proper etiquette Women were the best of tanka‚Äôs golden era yearning, soaring tales of love, nature, war passion prevailed In 750 ADContinue reading “A Floating World…poetic history of tanka”

Sun Flower

Sun Flowers my mother was a painter, my father a poet, I danced into life… I have a painting in the kitchen Sunflowers unsigned, undated, said to be my mother’s the flowers are big bold free unlike her style yet Auntie says… “for sure, it’s your mother’s” I stare into their bright yellowness Four BrightContinue reading “Sun Flower”

Meditation#7 I watch an Ant

once I watched an ant crawling the mountains bottom it started to run half its legs on the ground in an alternating tripod gait with quantum steps my eyes followed mind took me to the summit there I wanted to be but wind blew me away down the other side breathing in breathing out IContinue reading “Meditation#7 I watch an Ant”

Soshite (Complete)

I am writing because the blog lost the last five stanzas–sorry… Soshite Cold outside fingers cramp and freeze my age is showing like a fallen slip so… slap on the blush gloss the lips piggy bank more time I’m not ready for elderhood my heart is still a child my body is merely disobedient so…Continue reading “Soshite (Complete)”

Namaste

Namaste Dear Gods, Are you there? Perhaps you are arguing and you can’t hear me now. yet, I hope one day I’ll wake up singing the darkness will turn to light tears of sorrow will be flooded with tears of joy for they go hand in hand I will see the black and white mergingContinue reading “Namaste”