My poem “Imperfectly Purified” appears at Ekphrastic Writing Challenge Responses: Cristobal Rojas. It can be seen here, with other deserving reads. The painting “El Purgatorio,” by Cristobal Rojas is the inspiration for the challenge, and I am pleased that Kerfe Roig is among the poets with whom I share recognition.
My thanks go to Guest Editor Janette Schafer at The Ekphrastic Review, for including my poem.
Image source: Wikimedia Commons – El Purgatorio, by Cristobal Rojas
need not mean
I’m on the road for a week. I’ll check in, when possible.
Mountain Travel (visiting Tu Mu)
A steep stone path climbs the distant cold mountain
with homes high in the white clouds.
I stop the carriage to admire the maples in the evening.
No spring flower can compare to their frosted red leaves.
Literal translations of classic Chinese poetry can be found at chinese-poems.com. This is my interpretation of a poem by Tu Mu. The literal translation, as provided at chinese-poems.com, is as follows:
Far on cold mountain stone path slant
White cloud live place be households
Stop carriage because love maple forest evening
Frost leaf red than second month flower
Image source: Wikimedia Commons – Maple in Autumn by Tosa Mitsuoki
More Chinese interpretations can be found here.
faint rustle of leaves
wind swaying willow branches
ripple touching shore
This haiku is my response to RonovanWrites Weekly Haiku Prompt Challenge #262,
where the prompt words are ripple and wind.
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travel plans canceled
roads washed out by heavy rain
a knock at the door
unexpected guests arrive
in shimmer of transporter
This tanka is my response to Carpe Diem Weekend Mediation #93
Carpe Diem’s Utopia … transportation, which challenges us to create
a classical haiku or tanka with a modern theme
(here with an eye to the future).
My poem, “Why Would I Pray,” is featured at Amethyst Review. I’d like to thank editor Sarah Law for graciously encouraging me to work this poem through to completion.
loss seems forever
in darkness beyond desire
new needs awaken
one heart touches another
the beauty of new love born
Starting as a senryū, this tanka is my response to
Colleen’s 2019 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge
No. 135 #SynonymsOnly, which offers pretty and ugly as prompt words.
I have used “beauty” and “darkness” as synonyms.
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