Too Late #tanrenga #poetry

This month at Chevrefeuille’s Haiku Kai we are challenged by the Tan Renga that short chained poem written by two poets. Here is the haiku by Buson for your inspiration to create the second stanza of this Tan Renga.

Haiga by Buson

the willow leaves fallen,

the spring gone dry,
rocks here and there

© Yosa Buson (1716-1784)

tears blot candle lit message

death comes too quick for my love

~mdw

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Repentant Magdalene - De La Tour 1640 oil

Art by Yosa Buson and Georges de la Tour

Cut Purse #elderabuse #poetry

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sunny smile as they wheel her

away from sterile and white

another day she has borrowed

the meaning of life

***

the weeks she has counted

four weeks on one hand

the letters unwritten

envelopes left unstamped

***

back to her home now

to a box full of cards

people known just by name

soldiers distant and far

***

the cards they are missing

the stamps locked away

her children in the background

in agreement on this day

***

no more to write letters

 a costly enterprise

we will save so much money

her purse never a large prize

***

 her tears fall on parchment

not the old paper kind

her hands left to wither

as well as her mind

***

Repentant Magdalene - De La Tour 1640 oil

 

This poem is based on a letter I read of an infirmed woman who delighted in writing letters to soldiers far from home or in hospital. Her children decided that her way of spending her days was too pricey so they took away her stamps and writing materials.

Art: “Repentant Magdalen” Georges De la Tour

 

I am inspired by my friend Charles Martin and a poem he just about widows.