Saturday, October 19, 2013

Winds of Change


in this fleeting moment
a soon-to-be memory, slipping
through our fingers—if we let go
of our grasp, it stays forever
imprinted on the palm of our hand


trees know when to surrender-
they shed themselves
of the old, and embrace the new
baring their soul, until
nothing is left but their shadow


we sway up and down with
the wind of change; it carries us
to a higher plane, returning
us to earth, where we belong
amidst blades of grass


This weekend, I'm sharing with you a set of three poems written in the tanka style, a Japanese poetry form in five lines. My poems are in response to the Sunday Mini-Challenge at the Imaginary Garden With Real Toads, where Kerry invites us to explore this lovely form. One of the characteristics of classical tanka is to evoke awareness of things which are beautiful but transient, as life constantly changes. And so I was inspired to write about embracing change, while being aware of the beauty of each single moment. I took the photographs in the countryside of New York as Autumn continues to amaze me and uplift me. Enjoy and have a wonderful week ahead!
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  1. Like them all at your hall, but the imprint of the first is my favorite burst

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    1. Again you are first
      To comment on my post
      Imprinting my page
      With words of a sage :)

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  2. I see the same shades for our trees here ~ One in particular amazes, it turn fiery red ~

    We can learn about change from seeing those leaves & trees ~ Enjoyed the tanka style poems ~ Happy weekend ~

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    1. Thank you, Grace ... yes, fiery red is particularly amazing :)

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  3. What a beautiful set of verse today. The symbolism of the trees embracing change until all that's left is their shadow is wonderful. Lovely photos, too. Happy weekend, Loredana! Hugs xoxo

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    1. Thank you, Karen. Embracing change is not always easy but necessary to move forward :)

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  4. Ooo...the deep wisdom in your second one has me taken...lovely work on these!!

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    1. Thank you for the lovely comment, Hannah. :)

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  5. Each tanka captures something of a season's fleeting beauty. I liked the progression from the first to last, and how well you expressed the idea of trees both losing something of themselves but also remaining steadfast until the next spring.

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    1. Thank you, Kerry. Enjoyed the tanka form ... it lends itself well to nature imagery :)

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  6. This is so beautiful and we all need to learn of "let go" and move ahead. nature has so much to teach us:)

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    1. Thank you, Vandana. Yes, we can learn from nature to let go ... :)

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  7. Nice words and pictures.

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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  8. I so look forward to your posts, Loredana, and this is surely no exception.
    So beautifully written, and always the perfect images to go with your words.
    Have a wonderful Sunday, and a great week ahead!

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    1. Thank you for your loyal support, Lisa! :)

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  9. there is a zen like nature in this...all experience leaves its mark on us, but like trees we have to let the rings of memory grow inside us, but also continue to grow and reach out toward new heights....smiles...happy sunday in the pantry

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    1. I love your interpretation of my tanka poems ... thank you, Brian :)

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  10. BEautiful, exactly what I am noticing about the leaves... and how I am learning over and over again to let go... not an easy lesson for human minds and still it is our best hope for peace.

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    1. Thank you, Laura ... yes, letting go brings peace of mind :)

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  11. "trees know when to surrender-
    they shed themselves
    of the old, and embrace the new" I LOVE this part. So true and we can learn a lot from them can't we?

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    1. Thank you, Keith ... yes, we can learn from the resilience of nature :)

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  12. Each of these are beautiful, Loredana! I like especially the idea that trees know when to surrender. That they do, don't they? Perfect timing. I think we humans can learn a lot from trees. Lovely photographs as well!

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    1. Thank you, Mary. Glad you enjoyed the photos, too. Autumn is so colorful :)

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  13. So, so, so lovely Loredana.

    But I am here to invite you to the Cyber event of the year where all poets let down their hair dan dance in style!

    Do come, it's so much fun…this is my third year…

    http://willowmanor.blogspot.com/2013/10/willow-manor-ball-2013.html

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    1. Thank you for the invite, Ninot ... how sweet of you to think of me. Sorry I couldn't attend. Hope you danced to heart's content. Smiles :)

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  14. this time of year does bring change to the forefront... lovely verse and pictures...

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  15. Such beautiful tanka, but the first one is my favorite...it is a pearl of wisdom

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    1. Thank you for sharing this post, Susie :)

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  16. I love your title and this very lovely series. I especially am struck by the idea of letting go, and the imprint staying forever on the palm of our hands. Wonderful thought!

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    1. Glad you like the title, Sherry. And the imprint on the palm of our hand ... yes, good memories live on :)

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  17. trees know when to surrender-
    they shed themselves

    Let go for the humans is very difficult and painful but should learn from trees/Nature.beautiful thinking.

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  18. This is a beautiful walk through the seasons here.. Love how the shadows of the trees in the second tanka.. really gave me an aaaah when reading it.

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  19. These are really lovely--and for me in particular, the second one---I love that piece

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  20. Beautiful deft strokes. Oh, how I want to cling to the colors around me...against the grey of November lurking.

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    1. Thank you, Kim ... I love Autumn colors and cling to them, too. Smiles :)

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  21. I love yours~ YOU make me want to try again~ Thank you for this view of verses :D

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  22. such beauty in these three tankas... loved the first one in particular.

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  23. '...baring their souls until there is nothing left but shadows...' wow, that is an deep thought... love your fall scenes... Thank you for coming by sharing your creative photography on the Weekly Top Shot, #105!

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    1. Thank you for hosting, Madge, and for your lovely visit :)

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  24. I loved reading this winds of change poem.....you naturally shared the beauty of trees.

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  25. That second tanka is exquisite!

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  26. I love these pictures..... And the first of this poem is my favorite!

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    1. Glad to see you visit for the first time ... welcome :)

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  27. I really like them all, but I think the second one is my favorite, about the trees baring their soul. So lovely!

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  28. I like the astutely-observed paradox in the first - letting go lets it stay. Well penned ~

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    1. Interesting observation, Michael. Thank you for sharing your interpretation :)

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  29. Mi piace questo parco pieno di alberi...che bei posti di tranquillità. Un abbraccio cara Loredana...a presto!

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    1. Grazie, cara Francesca ... i colori dell'autunno sono molto belli. Un abbraccio :)

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  30. Felicidades por esta visión paisajista tan bella.

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  31. Beautiful photos and beautiful words to go with them!

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  32. I still find it amazing even after all these years, how some trees shed all their leaves while others are still full of life...kinda of like us humans huh?!

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    1. Yes, evergreens are amazing. And so are people that keep on thriving. Thank you for stopping by, Laurie :)

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  33. This is lovely! Thank you for sharing. Aloha

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  34. Magnifique photo n°2

    Suivre sa route
    Entre les arbres
    Trait d'union
    Entre la terre et le ciel

    Amicalement Pascal

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    1. Merci, Pascal. J'adore marcher dans la nature. Amicalement, Loredana :)

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  35. Fabulous...

    trees know when to surrender-
    they shed themselves
    of the old, and embrace the new
    baring their soul, until
    nothing is left but their shadow

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  36. Such lovely couplings of photos and verse!

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  37. I like all three of these. The second one is my favorite. "The trees know when to surrender" That's a cool way to put it.

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