From the Nile banks
to the Golden Gate
friends in huts
to the close of day
Today WP Photo challenge prompt “The Earth”
images of a moment
a few held digitally
others only close
suspended in memory
the photographer reminds us
places where we’ve gone
people who are close
he brought us along
celebrate the magic
the aperture doth spy
captured with my eye
too wild to hold
running with the seasons
Uganda is a place that holds so much beauty that passes in a blink. My memory banks are full of flashes of color. I try to imprint in my heart the smiles of people I met. I’m grateful for the telephoto lense that brings a lioness, crocodile and hippo close but not in harm’s way. Im happy for an artform that captures a few memories to relieve.
The header is a mirror image of our dear friend John Pipes who has many gifts including photography.
displaced by war
twenty five years of waiting
return to ancestral land
centuries of farming
the earth welcomes
dance steps echo
our adopted family
Acholi – filled with Grace
Today is the beginning of the A to Z Challenge. It is no challenge to share the beauty of Uganda in particular the Acholi people (Northern Uganda). I dedicate this month of poetry to my dear “family” in Gulu!
Everyone is welcome to join the month long A to Z blogging challenge. It’s a great way to meet fellow bloggers.
Thank you A to Z team for hosting another year!!!
Novel treatment – Using an unusual or original poetic conception
Among the 26 examples is the poem by Fujiwara Motozane (ca 950) from the Shinkokinshū, #11:1060:
namidagawa / mi mo uku bakari / nagaruedo / kienu wa hito no / omoi narikeri
a river of tears
floats my body off
on its current
but it cannot quell the fire
you have set in my heart
As we look closer to this tanka (or waka) we can see in the first lines what is meant here “a river of tears floats my body off” This sounds unusual, but it is used for poetic conception to make the emotion stronger in this tanka.
wind playing the blues
all color runs together
trees stripped bare
crows circle on backs of leaves
imagination takes flight
Thanks to Carpe Diem Haiku Kai and the inspiring Tanka challenge.
To all my friends I have taken a longer than expected haitus as we finish a remodel, a sale and a move. I realize this tanka (unintentionally) symbolize my life as my colors have all turned into cardboard box brown. ~ Namaste
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