Saturday, September 21, 2013

The Last Rose


the last rose of summer
gently fades away in a starlit dream
and when i awake,
pink petals fall like tears from heaven-
i scatter them on my pillow
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Today at the Imaginary Garden With Real Toads, Kerry challenges us to write a Tanka, a Japanese poetry form in 5 lines. A classical Tanka follows a minimalist approach with sensibility, emotion and suggestiveness. As I was wandering around the garden, I was taken by a pink rose fading away with the end of summer, but still beautiful and dreamy. This is the emotion that it evoked in me, which I tried to express in my photo and poem.
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  1. beautiful depiction of withering away of a rose as we approch winter

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    1. Thank you, Vandana. We have the rose's scent to last us through winter :)

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  2. Beutiful. Love your little poem to go with the ethereal photo. I'm missing the passing of summer for the beauty of the flowers is fading until next year.

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    1. Thank you for thinking the photo is ethereal ... I was trying for that effect :)

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  3. Gorgeous image and words...love petals falling as tears

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    1. Grazie, Simo ... l'ultima rosa dell'estate ... emozionante :)

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  5. I think this is a most exquisite tanka. I'm no expert, but This is both simple and emotive and
    it has given me so much as a reader.

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    1. Thank you, Kerry. I enjoyed the challenge. I love the simplicity yet deeper meaning and emotion in a tanka form. :)

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  6. Beautifully dreamy.. petals works so well as metaphor and imagery

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    1. Thank you, Bjorn. Yes, there was a metaphor there ... perhaps for loss.

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  7. The imagery is lovely and apt for the seasonal change ~ Falling like tears in heaven, my heart resonates ~

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    1. Thank you, Grace. Glad this resonates with you. I was going for a universal feeling.

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  8. beautiful little verse....i like the fall of the petals and you scattering them...def the last couple lines...

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    1. Not sure what was being scattered ... petals ... tears. Trying to convey the emotion of letting go perhaps.

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  9. Excellent! The rose may fade, but its fragrance never does....

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    1. Thank you ... yes, the scent of a rose lingers ... welcome to my blog :)

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  10. I always am sad when I know that I'm looking at the last rose of summer. There is still beauty in the rose, but knowing it will soon be gone gives me pause to reflect on roses and life.

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    1. Thank you, Mary. Yes, the change of season makes one reflective of the seasons of life as well.

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  11. So beautiful! Thank you for your well wishes and for sharing the love up-close with I Heart Macro :-)

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    1. You're welcome, Laura. It's nice to look at nature that closely :)

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  12. The last rose of summer.....a beautiful image tinged with sadness.......

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    1. Yes, a bit melancholic. Thank you, Sumana :)

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  13. The last of summer has come and gone, but a new one will surely dawn

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    1. A new summer is on the way
      But not until next May--
      We will have roses in December
      So we can all remember :)

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  14. Full screen this image is fabulous.Thanks for sharing words.

    Happy Sunday,
    Ruby

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    1. Thank you for enlarging the image. You can really see the details and colors on a full screen :)

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  15. there is a tinge of sadness to that last rose...

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  16. Beautiful tanka......pink petals "like tears from heaven". Lovely.

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    1. Thank you, Sherry. Glad you like that celestial image :)

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  17. This is so beautiful, Loredana!
    I hope you've had a wonderful weekend.

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  18. Pendant que tu dormais
    Une étoile de ton rêve
    Est tombée sur tes cheveux
    Et les a transformé en pétale de rose

    Si...Si...Sourire

    Pascal

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  19. Stunning! This is special for me-my mother's birthday is the last day of summer. My Dad called her the title of your poem! :D

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    1. Wow, what a coincidence. How lovely your dad called your mom such an endearing name. Thank you, Ella :)

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  20. Soft and tender and as beautiful as that stunning rose pic. We are in sync. :) I LOVE pink roses.

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    1. Totally in synch, Talon. Your pink roses image was lovely. Thank you :)

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  22. Stupenda la tua rosa, una delle ultime dell'estate! ciao e buona giornata! Cri : )

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    1. Grazie, Cri :) Una bella estate ... rimane il profumo delle rose :)

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  23. How beautiful! I hadn't heard of a Tanka before this, but based on your description your poem was the perfect Tanka!

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    1. Thank you, Tammy. My first tanka. Such a pretty Japanese poetry form :)

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  24. Foto da un bello effetto e molto belle le parole.
    Ciao Loredana ti abbraccio!

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    1. Grazie, Francesca ... l'effetto e' stato come un sogno. Un abbraccio :)

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  25. Pretty rose.. I'm gonna miss summer, can't believe it's almost October!

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    1. Yep, summer went fast! We both like pink roses :)

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  26. tears scattered... that is lovely!

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  27. Magical image and tanka both...beautiful work Loredana!

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  28. I love the pink tears...I know those tears as the last rose fades.

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  29. E' bella la tua poesia ! Le rose suscitano sempre un'emozione. Abbraccio.

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    1. Grazie, Jane ... le rose sono sempre romantiche :)

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  30. So beautiful..... Tears on the pillow.... Summer is over.
    A hug
    xo

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  31. Such a gorgeous pink... you've captured it's heart!

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    1. How sweet you could see the heart in it! Thanks, Madge :)

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  32. This seems to me to be a moment of realizing that winter has arrived (or close). I like how that message comes across without you actually saying, "Hey, winter is coming!" :)

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