Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Carpe Diem Universal Jane #6 first frost

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

It is Wednesday again and as you all know on Wednesdays I have our special feature in honor of Jane Reichhold, Universal Jane, for you. I decided that our regular prompt for Tanka Splendor of today, first frost, will be included in this Universal Jane episode.

You all know that Jane was not only a great haiku poetess, but also a great tanka poetess, so this month of Tanka Splendor, I love to share tanka written by Jane Reichhold to inspire you.

Here are three beautiful tanka from Jane Reichhold's "A Gift of Tanka" (AHA-Books 1990):

white frost
tundra swans in the meadow
down from the north
the sharp city boy she loved
when her world was young


sudden storm
the silence of wind chimes
tangled in jasmine
gossips speak our names
tying us together

high-tide beach
blue into the clear sky
the openness
for all things to become
the rush of another wave

© Jane Reichhold

These tanka have the beauty of Jane's spirit and I have tried to create a tanka in honor of her, using the prompt first frost 

after the hot summer
finally the beauty of Mother Earth
her crescendo
colorful leaves covered
with the first frost 

© Chèvrefeuille

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until November 13th at noon (CET). I will try to publish our new episode, the fourth Tanka Writing Technique by Teika, later on.

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