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Poetry Challenge #140
« on: June 30, 2016, 09:59:30 PM »
For Poetry Challenge #140
Deadline extended to July 10th

Write a poem on the Tanabata Festival
<YouTube>
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0bxJB-OHKek&list=WL&index=57

Tom10 has told me one reason he enjoys (and does well in these challenges)
is that it allows him to try his hand at something new.

Me being new - hands off Tom - I thought I could present a different writing prompt
but with a universal theme.  

Coming up on 7/7 in Japan (my posting) is a very popular festival, the Tanabata Matsuri.
It is based on an old Chinese folktale of star crossed lovers that get to meet but once
a year on 7/7.  The stars Altair (character Hikoboshi) and Vega (Orihime) are separated
by the astral river the Milky Way.  

It is a children’s story spun into a festival with the fanciful mix of romance and patience, hopes and dreams tied to bamboo branches like summer Christmas trees, lights, music and of course food and the illicit wanderings of children hand-in-hand with families roaming way past bedtime streets closed to traffic, cooled by evening lit up by floats, cacophony and smiles.

So something new. A far better introduction if you will is with this 9:34 YouTube posting
https://youtu.be/0bxJB-OHKek
<click on the Show More to gain excellent details>

or if not, go with the universal theme of Star Crossed Lovers

Open to any form, length, and style with the one edict of including Altair & Vega


Hope you like the novelty and good luck!


PM  me by July 7 (night of Tanabata) JT (Japan Time) midnight
>>changed to July 10th<<
with the present number
of the Poetry Challenge 140

oh and moderators:
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Re: Poetry Challenge #140
« Reply #1 on: June 30, 2016, 11:53:36 PM »
Oh boy...

Sounds like a fun festival.
REW

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Re: Poetry Challenge #140
« Reply #2 on: July 01, 2016, 11:05:09 PM »
Something different but not -
Most of us are used to surfing the web,
as couch travelers...

If so inclined, take the 9:30min. YouTube ride
or go with the universal Star Crossed Theme,
make it Sci Fi, romance, tongue-in-cheek.
whatever...
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Re: Poetry Challenge #140
« Reply #3 on: July 04, 2016, 12:56:28 AM »
I will try to have a hand at this, but have been super busy lately.  The deadline is a little tight.  I will try though.  I understand wanting to coincide with the festival...I think the challenge is excellent and culturally it broadens my horizons.
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Re: Poetry Challenge #140
« Reply #4 on: July 04, 2016, 05:50:22 AM »
Great REW!

The deadline is only written in a modifiable post - so no worries.
I forgot to take in the 4th of July weekend, so does  July 10th sound doable?
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Re: Poetry Challenge #140
« Reply #5 on: July 04, 2016, 12:32:46 PM »
Great REW!

The deadline is only written in a modifiable post - so no worries.
I forgot to take in the 4th of July weekend, so does  July 10th sound doable?

Yes it does! 

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Re: Poetry Challenge #140
« Reply #6 on: July 10, 2016, 04:03:50 AM »

Last 24 hours to enter #140 Poetry Challenge on
the Japanese Tanabata Festival or Star Crossed Lovers!

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Re: Poetry Challenge #140
« Reply #7 on: July 10, 2016, 07:43:36 AM »
C'mon, poets!
“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” ― Maya Angelou

“Don't be like the rest of them, darling.” ― Eudora Welty

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Re: Poetry Challenge #140
« Reply #8 on: July 10, 2016, 09:09:51 AM »
to whet the appetite - some traditional Japanese Haiku on Tanabata
by Issa Kobayashi (1763-1827)
<advanced apologies if your computer does not accept Chinese characters-
added because they are beautiful>

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かぢのをとは耳を離れず星今よい
kaji no oto wa mimi wo hanarezu hoshi ko yoi

the sound of oars
lingers...
good stars tonight

***

星待や亀も涼しいうしろつき
hoshi matsu ya kame mo suzushii ushirotsuki

awaiting the stars--
even a turtle cools
his behind

***

鳴な虫別るる恋はほしにさへ
naku na mushi wakaruru koi wa hoshi ni sae

don't cry, insects--
lovers part
even among the stars

***

御揃ひや孫星彦星やしやご星
o-soro ya mago-boshi hiko-boshi yashago-boshi

a gathering of stars--
children, grandchildren
great-great-grandchildren

***

Rules do Not specify Haiku,
but with little time left they are fun & quick!

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Re: Poetry Challenge #140
« Reply #9 on: July 10, 2016, 08:21:53 PM »
Cue the drum roll******************************

123
entries in!        ))))()(((((    cymbals        ;p
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Re: Poetry Challenge #140
« Reply #10 on: July 10, 2016, 11:54:47 PM »
and......

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Re: Poetry Challenge #140
« Reply #11 on: July 11, 2016, 09:30:48 AM »
Time has been called on Poetry Challenge #140.

Please vote!

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