Monday, February 14, 2011

Tanka, "My Purpose", 139/365

"Photo courtesy of Bonnie of Original Art Studio 
My world is fragrant,
each bloom vibrant and lovely.
Life's force glorified.
Purity, honesty, hope
still freshly worn and displayed.
Each "rose" my joy, my purpose.

by Margaret Bednar

This is my attempt at a new poem format for me... Tanka.  One Stop Poetry is featuring it today.  It is a 5-7-5-7-7-7 syllable line count.


This is my tribute to my children, whom I love with all my heart.  But now I'm rethinking this as a "tanka" poem was usually a message sent to a lover... oh well, I will try it again this week.  :)


The above photo is by Bonnie of "Original Art Studio".  I adore her Photoshop techniques, poetry, and heartfelt posts.  She was gracious enough to offer this as a free download and I printed out 10 cards and have sent them off to family with photos inside of the kids, of course.  Please check out her beautiful blog! 


I truly hope that today is a lovely day for each of you.  Happy Valentine's Day.


Below are three photos of the roses my oldest son gave me this weekend.  The third one is for Macro Monday and the second one is for "Black & White Wednesdays" - although I had a hard time deciding which I liked better - I really do like the texture of the first b&w rose.  Which do you like better?  The first one I am submitting for "Patterns & Repetitions in February."  



Tender Sacrifice
Renders one fragile and strong
Love's unique nature

by Margaret Bednar

The above is for the "Haiku Challenge" - daily haiku for each day of February. Todays theme is "Love", of course!  Click HERE to read submissions.  





18 comments:

Julie Jordan Scott said...

My tanka was a love poem for my son. I am so grateful the first Tanka I read from One Stop Poetry was yours. So perfect.

Read my love tanka here.

Dutchbaby said...

With great envy and admiration, I watch all the poetry tumble out of you! Just wonderful!

Love the close-up chicken shots below too!

Louise said...

Beautiful & light! Loved them :)

Margaret said...

Julie, Dutchbaby & Louise - Happy Valentines Day! Thank you for such kind words. Dutchbaby, the rooster didn't really appreciate me that day, following him around. He gave me a few warnings to not get too close!

Bonnie said...

Oh my - those white roses! Incredible photography Margaret!!! AND they came from your son - how sweet.

My pink rose pales in comparison to your shots, but thank you so much for featuring it here and for making the link back to my blog. So glad you were able to make use of the image on cards!

I leave still awestruck over the middle photograph of the white rose ....

lisa said...

Margaret - These are just gorgeous. The second one is my favorite, and is pure Heaven!
Happy Valentine's Day to you!

lisa.

Asobime said...

Oh, tanka is certainly more than love poems. It is observations on nature, the seasons (with that word "kago" that says it without saying it....Death poems by warriors, and women samurai, praise of Emperors, and mourning of loved ones.

Tanka is just about the perfect vehicle for emotive expression....or detached expression, too.

Lady Nyo

Kristen Haskell said...

Gorgeouos Haiku and Roses! Happy Valentine's Day

Mike Patrick said...

“Fragile and strong,” what a lovely description of love. Beautiful Haiku.

trisha said...

just fabulous- the pictures and the poem. its great to have such a sweet son.

trisha
http://sharmishthabasu.wordpress.com/2011/02/14/love/

Brian Miller said...

nice...its great to see bonnies art used...and your tanka is great...lovely...

Sumit Sarkar said...

Great work...
the tanka is superb :)

Someone is Special said...

beautiful flowers, tanka and Haiku.. awesome..

Someone is Special

Margaret said...

Bonnie and Lisa - I can see why you love photographing macro flowers - but I found the settings a bit difficult to fool with. Thank you for your encouraging words.

Asobime - Thanks for clarifying. I really had fun with the tanka form - I will try it again.

Kristne, Mike, & Trisha - Thank you! My son was very kind to give me roses - they are fragile and strong too, like love...

Brian - Yes! Bonnie is amazing. Thank you, I loved learning about the Tanka - I look forward to One Stop Mondays.

Sumit & Someone - Thanks! Your praise is humbly received.

Wanda said...

Beautiful rose images. I can almost smell them!

love and life ♥ said...

Beautiful! This is gorgeous in B&W! xo

LivingFree said...

I love that second shot of the rose. So crisp. They are all beautiful!

Ginnie said...

Your SON sent you roses? OMG! Make sure you keep him. :) I bet he's thrilled with your images, as the rest of us are.