The day 2 prompt for NaPoWriMo challenged us to pose questions in a natural setting, inviting the reader “continue the process of reading (and, in some ways, writing) the poem.” This seemed like a no-brainer for haiku or tanka. Enjoy!
Hummingbirds are interesting critters. Their ability to fly not just forwards but backwards and upside down is captivating. Put their flying capacity together with combativeness in defending their territory, add a hot summer day, covered porch, easy chair and cold beer, and voila! Quite the show. But, that’s not what this poem is about. Hummingbirds also hover. They hold their place in space and time. As symbols of eternity, hummingbirds can be hopeful or hopeless. You decide.
Today’s tanka brought to you by the NaHaiWriMo prompt everlasting/eternal, combined with an intriguing article on early Soviet children’s books and propaganda, a former Argentinian president who dreamed of greatness and started by educating his people, and an overlay of gloomy American news. It’s past time to rethink how we tend our garden.
This one deserves just a touch of explanation. I’m still sorting through all the photos I took from the June 30 Families Belong Together rally. One of the things that grabbed me was the attendance of so many families with babes in arms through youth. This is so important! Our children learn from us at our sides. Including at community rallies! They learn about what we believe is important, what we value and are willing to work for and support. They see people of all ages, all abilities, all walks of life joining together in common cause. The picture itself reminds me how important it is for folks no matter their opinion to take the time to really try and see, hear, and understand what the other person is saying. That happens only when we kneel next to them and look at the world from their perspective.
The NaHaiWriMo prompts for June 10 and 11 seemed to want to go together as one poem, so here’s a tanka for all my knitting and wine loving friends. By the way, for my budding linguists, I found a website with some lovely pearls of history on knitting words. For example, did you know that the word ravel is a contronym (or Janus word)? Okay — plain talk — its’ meanings contradict each other. Fun stuff. Enjoy!
“Sometimes the origin of the harm can really be the most powerful source of healing.” ~Nadia Bolz-Weber, Welcome to the Apocalypse.