Thursday, July 9, 2015

Poetry Friday - Gifting

      Poetry Friday is hosted today by Katie at her blog, The Logonauts.
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          Summertime Poetry Friday is such a pleasure because I have the opportunity of sharing poems written by PF friends, and for me especially. Thanks to Tabatha Yeatts at The Opposite of Indifference, some of us participate in a summer poem swap. Tabatha pairs us up--secretly--and surprises arrive periodically in the mail. As I wrote, pure pleasure.


          This past Monday my mailbox held a wonderful poem by Diane Mayr, who has given me permission to share the words she wrote for me, paired with my own photo posted last autumn. What a surprise! The personal quality is special, a magical returning to that evening immediately. 

Fall Sunset: A Tanka/haiku Sequence

house lights on
I see your silhouette
at the desk
...you tell me the sun
sets every day

the joyous noise
of roosting sparrows
...not larks
but an exaltation
nonetheless

sunset...
the traffic tie-up
much too short

cell phone
I learn to use its camera
tonight
the magnificent sky will
not wait for competency

they fall
in a blaze of glory
autumn's last leaves
Diane Mayr (C) All Rights

         Thanks for the creative way you connected your poem to me, Diane, and the beauty in the words.      ~Linda

24 comments:

  1. Ahh! Beautiful.
    "the magnificent sky will/not wait for competency" -- painfully true, that!

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    1. It's rather like nature is thumbing her nose at us, isn't it? Only Diane shows that attitude much more beautifully. Thanks, Tabatha.

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  2. Thanks for sharing Diane's beautiful sequence of poems. Like Tabatha, I loved the cell phone camera tanka. The one that begins with "the joyous noise" also caught my attention for its play on animal collective names.

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    1. Yes, that 'exaltation nonetheless' is wonderful for the sparrows, too. Thanks, Laura.

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  3. Thanks for sharing my sequence, Linda. It is nice to know that sunsets inspire the same thoughts all across our nation!

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    1. So right. We are sure to watch every night when we go to the beach! Thank you again, Diane.

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  4. I love this! What a fun project and delightful gift to receive poetry. Love the fiery sunset inspiration too.

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    1. Thank you, Katie. It is a wonderful thing for sure.

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  5. What a lovely thing to do! I especially like the first two tanka. That silhouette announcing the sunset is a great image. Thanks for sharing your gifts with us!

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    1. You're welcome, Andi. It is a lovely poem, I agree.

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  6. I love this:the joyous noise
    of roosting sparrows
    ...not larks
    but an exaltation
    nonetheless

    In these quiet summer days, I learning to notice all sorts of exaltations - from the grand and the not to grand: lark and sparrow alike. Hope your summer is going well, Linda.

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    1. Thanks, Tara. I do appreciate hearing all the sounds, too, from those raucous magpies to the sweet chirping robins. Diane's poem reminds. I am in the midst of trying hard to get rid of lots & lots of books. When that is done I think I'll be able to start the rest of the summer. Love seeing your pictures. Wish I could beam right over for some iced tea!

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  7. The photograph and the words, such a gorgeous combination! Exaltation is a word that fits perfectly here!

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    1. It was such a thoughtful gift. Thanks, Carol, glad you liked it.

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  8. Beautiful picture, and so richly enhances the mood of the words. Love that the sunset waits for no cellphone competency, nor does traffic delay lengthen to accommodate us!
    What a precious treasure from Diane!
    Sorry I'm late by a day. Yesterday was sooooo busy, I'm trying to make up for it today in the Starbuck's climate controlled environment!

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    1. And I'm late seeing this, Donna. Thanks for coming by to see & read Diane's poem. Nice to be at Starbucks!

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  9. The words and image pair beautifully!

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    1. I know, isn't it lovely? Thanks, Mary Lee.

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  10. Diane's words capture the "blaze of glory" in your "magnificent sky" perfectly!

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  11. This is really beautiful. I love the way Diane captures your image and thoughts and ties them to the picture. What a wonderful gift!

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    1. It is, isn't it? Thanks for coming by to see and read, Dori!

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  12. Beautiful, Linda - but I really don't want to think about autumn yet!

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    1. Absolutely, no autumn is even close! Thanks, Matt.

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