A summer evening
The senile sun still
burned us with the foul intent
Of its mid day rage
But, lacking in bite, gave in
Quickly to the taunts of breeze.
It tottered about
In the beach, ran its weak hands
Over wheat fields and
Rested awhile atop the
Banyan’s crown and went to sleep.
8th Dec 12.
Form: Personification in TANKA ( Sylls: 5-7-5-7-7)
By S.Jagathsimhan Nair
For: Giorgio's 'Impress me-3'
When Summer starts her transitory reign,
King Sun, her beau, has steadily ascended,
brightening a sky that, for a time,
shall be his lovely mistress’ domain.
He reaches out his welcoming warm rays
across the span of Summer’s first official day,
lengthening them just as far as he is allowed
so he may well receive his paramour,
enveloping her in the fullest of his golden grand embraces.
But when night descends, Sun’s power wanes.
His wife, a goddess, the fair and steadfast Luna,
arrives to spell her king,
along with her attendants, a host of radiant stars.
Meanwhile, Mistress Summer softly slumbers,
faintly breathing out the warmth that Sun has wrapped her in.
So even in the dark’s coolness, she prevails.
In the dewy dawn, when she awakes,
Summer sees the beauty of her lover’s light and eagerly,
she spurs her King Sun on.
No two were ever so well-matched as these,
for both heat up the days with their consuming ardor
till the time of the equinox
when Summer is exiled for nine months,
to have her rebirth in the following year.
And year after year, for what could be eternity,
Sun bides his time, for he has many lovers. . .
But as lovers go,
it’s Summer who’s most expert at inciting the passion in his soul.
by andrea dietrich/ Motif is nature. Also romance
For the Impress Me Contest III of Giorgio V.
Were I a sailboat traveling at sea
All alone with no one but me
My masts would creak , the decks rock gently beneath my feet
The hiss of my bow slice thru the waves ,
the tang of the ocean spray as I watch the wake paving the way
Billowing white sails puffed out in the summer breeze
And onward I would go merrily out to sea
No use for the land , just wild and free
The dolphins would come and play
The seaweed hang out all day
Overhead the sky prefers blue , but sometimes grey
nothing but me , the sun and the summer rain
The reflections play across the water
The waves lap gently on my bow
No use for the land , just me here and now
Underneath me the water Churns in anticipation I wait for the wave
That will push me forward.
The spray of the water
Keeps me moist
I surge forward
Balanced on the wall of water
Exhilaration floods through me
I am racing towards the sandy beach
Then your feet stumble
I feel your weight disappear
I am thrown into the ocean
Tossed about mercilessly
Keeping a grip on your leg
I bob to the surface
Discouraged, you paddle
Heading for the shore
You lift me up
And carry me away
Now I am waiting
In the dark, in the dust
When you try again
Try to tame the waves
I will be ready
I am always ready
I long for the thrill
Of riding the foam
Hurry up, I plead
Hurry up and try again
Shed on that certain kind of warmth
You give the waters that washed away our footsteps
Illumine the dark leaves of our past
Blown away by the indifferent breeze.
Desiccate the grass that invited conversations
But leave the roots unscorched.
I prayed to Autumn to blow away my pains
But Winter entertained me instead.
I won’t let Spring visit me
Until you burn down her cold heart, Summer.
THE BRAVE MAN STANDS - THE COWARD LEAVES.
I stood watching the first snowflake’s battle action :
First of a horde – a first-flake trumpeter announcing
The immense white horde’s cold intention
Of riding roughshod and merciless over everything,
Last week my friendly leaves burned gold,
But their cold heat was an illusion,
No warm defence ‘gainst the winter cold.
Theirs was no flame of defensive passion
It was a mere seeming fire-moat,
But a dying fire, not burning - just the yellow
Of coward leaves running and turning coat
At the hint of a white army certain to follow.
Cold golden souls trembled as wind bit their shape,
And to the air they wildly took, fleeing, trying to escape –
Tumbling in panic for a while, rising slowly to drop like tears.
Above the wood for another mile then fell to rest with craven peers.
Widely then under the boughs of laden yellow leaf
Spread a sorry carpet of brave summer come to grief.
They were blown to the river - not to flame ,
But with dampened ardour to run ungainly, with shame,
And float ignominiously, and collect their coward fellows
In unranked masses at the slack black shallows.
Among the faded reeds and river weeds
Hiding their terror and their coward’s deeds
Where brave summer had reigned in wood and river
Now only poltroons were seen to shiver.
They fled on the run out of the wood -
Fair weather friends abandoning me as I stood.