Steller Joy: A #TankaTuesday (on a Wednesday) #tankaprose (5/16/18)

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“Mary, full of grace,”

so did the angel proclaim

But what victory

did you contemplate gazing

upon the milky way?


Is there a moment more sublime? Lao Tzu counseled those troubled at heart, whom thought the universe agitated, to look out at the stars. I followed his advice many nights. Too often, I strained past light pollution to glimpse more than a morsel of steller serenity.


But once, deep in the countryside of Vermont, I looked upon a naked night sky. Oh, what cascades of joy! A cacaphony of constellations in which my teary eyes swam. I breathed in the bliss, smiling.


Marion bouquet

a fresh crowning to begin

another spring

Daylight silences Mars

to nourish fresh greenery



for Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 81, DIGNITY & SUCCESS, #SynonymsOnly

Kiwinana’s #Weekly Tanka Prompt #Poetry Challenge – Week 97 – Bouquet & Greenery

Poets United Midweek Motif ~ Happiness, posted by Susan

dVerse Poets’ Tuesday Poetics–Brand Name Noodling, pubtended by lillian




28 replies »

  1. In our earlier days we did a lot of tent camping. In fact, those were the only vacations we took pre-children and with our children. To me, two of the many many wonderful things about tent camping were waking up to smelling coffee burbling over the fire (my husband always got up first in those days) and sitting out, after the embers are almost burned down in the camp fire, and staring up at the night sky.
    I especially liked the geographical placement here in this line
    “But once, deep in the countryside of Vermont, I looked upon a naked night sky.” Anyone who has experienced the beauty of Vermont can relate to this so well.
    So very glad you posted to the prompt, Frank!

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