Saturday, 19 October 2013

Tanka poems: Autumn


autumn is like a book
worn, frayed & inked of yellow -
but run your fingers
      along my spine & inhale the words
      they're like flowers, fresh from rain -


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petals fading dark edges
leaves bursting in fiery shades
crimson, orange-dusk-
       kiss me like a hungry bird
       ravishing the last fallen apple    

  
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this moon-stained night 
oak trees are trembling behind clouds
smoky black & grey -
      clock ticks a heavy omen, love 
      stay- even if dawn burns us -  

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Happy weekend ~

48 comments:

  1. Each of these is a work of art, grace. You are so adept at writing short form verses.

    I love the link between the book, the season and the implied lovers in your first tanka, but each has something unique to appreciate.

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    1. Thank you for the wonderful article & challenge Kerry ~

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  2. The first one is definitely my favorite. I love the idea of autumn being old and worn out, but not lifeless at all.

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  3. You do these beautifully, Grace.

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  4. 'fingers, apple, stay' - my personal faves keys from your poems....delicious....

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  5. nice on the hungry bird devouring the apple, seen that before. smiles. also the love stay even if dawn burns us.

    hope you have a nice saturday grace

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  6. Mmmm just wonderful, I love the imagery of the fallen apple, the last of a very good Autumn bunch, incredible word use here Heaven.

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  7. inhale words like flowers!
    and an unbelievable kiss!
    and Romeo and Juliet .... An entire feast, Grace. Very Very Marvelous!

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  8. Very passionate Autumn verses! You have a gift for vivid imagery especially in short form :)

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  9. These flow just seamlessly and yet, stand alone, are just as poignant. Lovely work, Grace!!

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  10. i love how the poem unfurls with every stanza:)

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  11. These are all beautiful, Grace! However, for me the first one is an amazing expression of autumn...one of the most original I have seen poetically this season!!

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  12. I love autumn, not too hot, not too cold, very romantic to me.

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  13. The hungry bird image (ravishing the last apple) will stick with me for a long, long time!

    Whirling Photo Album

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  14. in love with the first tanka.. it really speaks to me.. sensual and feeling.

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  15. So beautiful! Love "moon stained night".

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  16. very nice, Grace... yowza, they are hot, and warm, too. if that makes sense. :)

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  17. so well crafted Grace.. you make this form sing....

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  18. Each tanka is so beautifully crafted...They are word paintings

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  19. Your writing is so vibrant Grace! So very well crafted!

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  20. Wonderfully done.. love the imagery of a hungry bird... have a very good Sunday --- Björn

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  21. gorgeous poetry, Grace - the bursts of color, the oak trees trembling behind clouds... all of it

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  22. Feeling every ounce of emotion in your poetry today ..... beautiful writing!!!

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  23. Grace, you have such a gift for imagery and emotion--love this--especially the Autumn poem, I was breathing that lovely air :-)

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  24. Oh! Beautifully written, with the graciousness of that sensuality. :-)
    -HA

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  25. "moon-stained night" - such stellar imagery. I loved them all...seamless and flawless. A gorgeous tribute to my most favorite season.

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  26. Exquisite series Grace... you had me with the very first line of the very first poem "autumn is like a book
    worn, frayed & inked of yellow..." beautiful!

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  27. Beautiful Grace! I love all of them, but the first one speaks to me the most~
    Glorious words in your verse ;D

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  28. Beautiful work, Grace. I also love the first one, but the last line of the last tanka is fabulous.
    K

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  29. These are all so beautiful! You are really good with this form! I especially like "Autumn is like a book."

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  30. I love books, so I must say the first one is my favorite. BUT they are all amazing - you are a natural at this! I have bookmarked this page. Just superbly done.

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  31. I love all the colors. Beautiful, especially now that I've accepted fall is really here. As always, thank you. Have a beautiful week!

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  32. I can see the beauty in this & love the last tanka.

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  33. Trembling trees, weak in the knees. Never shows in my bloglist hmph

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