Saturday, November 16, 2013

Dream Buds


in the stillness of the night,
i have become a water lily bud
longing to unfold my dream petals
towards the sky, and let dew drops
fall on me like answered prayers


Over at the Imaginary Garden With Real Toads, Kerry invites us to write another tanka, a poem in 5 lines, as part of an ongoing series on this wonderful poetry form. I have enjoyed participating in the previous challenges with my offerings of tanka, The Last Rose and Winds of Change. This time, the characteristics to focus on are "a simple clear image with unlimited suggestiveness" and "stillness." I thought of a water lily as it opens up to possibilities. These are photos I took in the summer. There are no more water lilies blooming right now other than in our dreams. Smiles. Enjoy and have a wonderful week!
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60 comments:

  1. Wow!
    This is perfect, Loredana, and needs no further words from me to complicate an awesome reading experience.

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    1. Thank you, Kerry! I'm really enjoying the tanka series. I love the idea of representing "stillness" and "unlimited suggestiveness." Looking forward to the next one!

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  2. ...and dawn will come with the sun. LOVELY.

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    1. Thank you, Susan. I love it that waterlilies unfold towards the sun :)

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  3. Beautiful flower. I love water lily.

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  4. Stupende le foto ma gli effetti speciali ancora di più! bello l'effetto di cartolina antica! buona domenica! : )

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    1. Grazie, Cristina! Un bel complimento da te che sei una esperta di cartoline. Ciao!

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  5. this is beautiful and delicate.....

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  6. Lovely tanka accompany your beautiful photos!

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  7. Lovely poem and beautiful images. Happy Sunday to you!

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  8. dew drops like answered prayers...i love that...made me smile...and the reach and unfolding toward heaven as well....nice pics too....saw a painting of waterlillies and pads yesterday...the use of light on them was amazing...

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    1. Thank you, Brian. Yes, that's the emotion I was trying to convey. My favorite waterlily painting is by Monet. Smiles :)

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  9. Sumana's comment is perfect - this really is beautiful and delicate.

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  10. Gorgeous photography of nature's florals and lovely words ~ carol, xxx

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  11. Lovely tanka... very asian feeling and the lotus bloom so befitting.

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    1. Thank you, Bjorn. Glad you could feel the Asian influence, as tanka is a form of Japanese poetry ... and I was striving for that mood :)

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  12. Beautiful shots and great poetry as always .

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  13. so simple but so good... each word has something to say...

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    1. Thank you, Robert. Yes, tanka seem simple on the surface, but have deeper meaning and metaphor :)

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  14. little drops so prayers are cropped, and never flopped, works for me at my sea

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    1. answered prayers like dew
      let them fall anew :)

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  15. Gorgeous...I want some of those drops! Wonderful

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  16. This is perfection! Love your poem and the gorgeous image. Great effect with the image too. :<)

    www.mypoeticpath.wordpress.com

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  17. 3rd line is very meaningful. beautiful.

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    1. Glad you noticed that line, Natasa. "Longing to unfold my dream petals" ... yes, I was trying to show that yearning for dreams to be realized. :)

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  18. Where did my comment go? This is absolutely gorgeous! I love "fall on me like answered prayers". Sigh.

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    1. Thank you, Sherry. So glad you like that line ... dew has a symbolic spiritual meaning. :)

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  19. Answered prayers indeed, Loredana - Lovely... With Best Wishes Scott www.scotthastie.com

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  20. Loredana,

    A delightful, slow release image in words, of this special moment. Superb!!

    Eileen

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  21. Perfect choice of photo, Loredana, and as always your words are so beautiful.
    I hope you've had a wonderful weekend!

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  22. Really beautiful images...I miss my water lilies...and your words add to my longing.

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  23. Beautiful water lily , and great poetry!

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  24. I love the soft focus of this shot.

    Mollyxxx

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    1. Thank you, Molly ... yes, the waterlily was a very soft pink color, my favorite :)

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  25. A lovely poem and great image for stillness. thanks. k. (Manicddaily)

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  26. a soft and lovely poem,thanks.

    have a good week.

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  27. Loredana ... tanka that reaches my heart! Breathtaking ...

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  28. I love the poem and your beautiful image.

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  29. Water lilies in my dreams...I can see them with my inner eye and they will accompany me in my sleep tonight!
    Thanks for these wonderful pictures and words, dear Loredana!
    Have a good week!!!

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  30. Your lines make me smile. It almost felt that the skies would relent and spray down some bliss on me! :)

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    1. So glad it made you feel that way, Rajesh. And welcome to my blog :)

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  31. So, so beautiful! Thanks for sharing the love up-close with I Heart Macro:-)

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  32. This is so pretty and so serene. A lovely poem!

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  33. It's so beautiful, I love that shade of pink.

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  34. Thank you, everyone, for your lovely comments! :)

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  35. Dans notre bassin , des feuilles de nénuphars
    attendent qu'une fleur viennent se poser.
    Mais patient encore un peu car il est encore sous la neige en ce moment.
    En espérant te voir bientôt fleurir ici.

    Amicalement Pascal

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    1. Oh, it's already snowing in France, Pascal. It's warm here and flowers are still blooming. No snow (yet :). Smiles.

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  36. Thank you for posting this link on my blog. I like how this flows and I like the imagery you used. Very peaceful.

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