Flight of Fancy

 

flight of fancy
if I could I would
choose wings
every girl needs
one super power

叶うなら翼選びて夢に翔ぶ女子各々にスーパーパワー
kanaunara / tsubasa erabite/ yume ni tobu/ jyoshi onoononi/ supapawa
Tanka: Barbara Kaufmann
Painting: Mary E. Rodning
Translation and calligraphy: Hiromi Inoue
Compiled haiga: Jasminka Nadaškić Đorđević

This lovely painting by Mary Rodning was the prompt for the Autumn 2018 issue of Haigaonline. My tanka was chosen and was translated into Japanese. The calligraphy was placed on the painting to form a traditional haiga.  Here is the link to the page on Haigaonline.  Please go to the page to enjoy the music that was added to enhance the experience of this collaborative work.  I am delighted and honored that my poem was chosen and I am ever grateful to Linda M. Papanicoloau for her dedication to the art of haiga by publishing  Haigaonline. 

Dragonfly !

Weeding at
 six forty-five
A.M. and already
I am perspiring.
Little rivers tickle down my back and face, mixing with the citronella I
bathed in,  before venturing into mosquito territory.  There is a sparrow
singing
in the cherry tree, serenading  early risers.  I sweat and remind
myself that  all this bending will keep me young, allegedly. I spot
a dragonfly
on the bee balm
right next to my leg.
Breath skips out
of me.  Now
he flies,
spins,
thin
as a
whis
per,
land
ing
on a
shoe,
resting
from
what
ever it
is a
dra
gon
fly
d
o
e
s
!

 

Published 7/14 –  Bards Annual 2014 – a Poetry Anthology 

Inspiration

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 dragonfly-

catching a glimmer of sun

on the wing

*

raindrops –

singing a summer tune

on the roof

*

 soft breeze –

cooling, caressing

bare skin

*

 a raspberry –

exploding in my mouth

sugar red juice

*

a pungency –

creeping thyme on the path

crushed underfoot

*

 friends –

trudging the long rocky road

carrying the lantern 

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©2013 Wabi Sabi

For Carpe Diem ‘inspiration’