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Please  enjoy all 4 poems on the theme Tanabata Festival and/or Star Crossed Lovers.   Vote for one.   Voting closes on July 15 JT.  Sorry time is short, but I have to catch a plane.    Don't delay!

Awaiting Lunar Moons
I Am Vega: My Mistake, Too Indulgent in Love, Not Lazy
Meeting of the Stars
Tanabata Time at Night

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Offline To a T

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VOTE: Poetry Challenge #140
« on: July 11, 2016, 09:49:45 AM »

#1.

Awaiting Lunar Moons

It is cold in the sky.
People below pray for no rain.
They say Magpies will not fly in bad weather.
Actually clouds will block their view of the Milky way--
the one time of year two old stars get together.
Where I am is higher than where birds can fly.
Only a god can make a bridge to link this kind of distance.

It is cold in the sky.
All year I shiver alone wishing
for my ancient blanket courtesy of Old Ox.
Even he, my guardian, cannot protect me now.
I am left with talking in my head;
I mean my astral body, sometimes I still slip—
even after all this time.

On clear lonely nights my love couldn’t be starker
as I burn in the cold cold sky.
Then one night a year wishes are written
onto origami paper folded into birds
and the sky is not as cold when I can be with my Vega.

Down below where they call this time Tanabata
I was Niulang when I met my Zhinue.
All alone except for my friend Old Ox
working hard until my colorful warm weaver girl
graced my life but a short while.
Alas that time had to pass, then more.

The sky is cold, even to a star.
I count the passing of seven Earth moons,
then days of rising and setting Earth sun
and await fluttery written wishes from the other world,
when my lover near will heat my grief into the fleeting joy
of star crossed lovers who have bridged a galaxy’s gap--
if only but a moment,

then the sky grows cold again.



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#2.

I Am Vega: My Mistake, Too Indulgent In Love, Not Lazy.


Shivering because lonely is an arctic circle (the arctic I remember),
To love and to have lost,
An even icier place than just alone--in this strange place.
Relentlessly cursing the black water-less oceans keeping us does no good.

Circumspection was not on our minds.
Really we meant no insult or harm.
Oh father, only if loving was not so warm and wonderful like
Sun shining succulent onto our loose sensual limbs,
Surely we would have kept up our work
Every day in order to spare ourselves
Death of only our hearts.  

Lover’s hearts separated cannot beat, preserved below freezing.
Oh, only if I had continued to weave what father loved,
Variegated vibrant sunsets and he hadn’t let the cows go--if we had
Endeavored to please father away from the enmity claiming him, taught him
Rapport for our love, made him uncast his rebuke before it was done.
Sadly, our fate to wait, be thankful he gave us some mercy within eternity.



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#3

Meeting of Stars

When a galaxy
looks like sprinkles
of fairy dust layered into
a black veil folded over
again and again,
it is easy to believe in wishes
and tales of how two lovers
grew to be separated in the sky.

The heavens might be listening,
that we should be so lucky,
to have our fates changed
with the wake of stars.



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#4


Each stanza is written in the form of a tanka (or waka) consisting of five lines of 5-7-5-7-7 syllabic units. 
Waka usually contains 31 syllables in total.

Tanabata Time at Night

square city lights shine
beating wings through air halos
Magpie silhouettes
feathers lit like negatives
away to dark glitter sky

their cries call others
all magpies flock wings touching
lovers tiptoe run
until luminous cheeks touch
her cool silk arms wrap Altair

they grow warm like heat
tender lips search, meet hungry
rose petals touch suede
barely time to know love
wings undulate beneath them

time to part again
wrenching away sounds like birds
feathers rain like wishes
children below cup their hands
little girls dream of being brides

boys dream of red lips
future sparkles like the heavens
some cannot sleep
the night is too colorful
Vega’s thread lines the edge



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« Last Edit: July 16, 2016, 05:54:27 AM by fire-fly »
Life isn't always pretty,
but colour won't hurt you

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Re: Sticky: VOTE: Poetry Challenge #140
« Reply #1 on: July 15, 2016, 09:22:40 AM »
Voting has closed.
All the poems well expressed Tanabata for this reader.

A special congratulations to REW for  winning with the beautiful poem,
Meeting of the Stars
It's simplicity is lilting, light and effective.

Meeting of the Stars

When a galaxy
looks like sprinkles
of fairy dust layered into
a black veil folded over
again and again,
it is easy to believe in wishes
and tales of how two lovers
grew to be separated in the sky.

The heavens might be listening,
that we should be so lucky,
to have our fates changed
with the wake of stars.


« Last Edit: July 15, 2016, 10:32:33 AM by To a T »
Life isn't always pretty,
but colour won't hurt you

http://tttwritings.blogspot.jp/p/day-one-wild-as-you-are-all-that-love.html

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Re: Sticky: VOTE: Poetry Challenge #140
« Reply #2 on: July 15, 2016, 11:43:20 AM »
Voting has closed.
All the poems well expressed Tanabata for this reader.

A special congratulations to REW for  winning with the beautiful poem,
Meeting of the Stars
It's simplicity is lilting, light and effective.

Meeting of the Stars

When a galaxy
looks like sprinkles
of fairy dust layered into
a black veil folded over
again and again,
it is easy to believe in wishes
and tales of how two lovers
grew to be separated in the sky.

The heavens might be listening,
that we should be so lucky,
to have our fates changed
with the wake of stars.




Thanks To a T!  I suppose there was no way I couldn't win, the only reason I did win :) 

I am away right now for a weekend vacation.  When I return I will post the details for poetry challenge 141.  Get your writing fingers and minds ready.
REW

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Re: Sticky: VOTE: Poetry Challenge #140
« Reply #3 on: July 15, 2016, 04:43:14 PM »
Congratulations REW! Nice job!