Monday, January 20, 2014

Of Magpies and Toads

    Muscian in the Rain by Robert Doisneau


I love you darling
with your comfort at arm’s length.
but when rain falls soft
on black and white autumn days
I seek the warmth of your touch.


This is generated by writing prompts from two wonderful writing sites.  The first, IGRT, is responsible for the form, which is called tanka.  A tanka contains 31 syllables in a line pattern of 5/7/5/7/7. Check out the link for a much more complete description, and other writers' tankas.  The second source, The Mag, has provided the picture.  Check that site for more writers' responses to this image.


43 comments:

  1. Yes she is round , beautiful and makes me quiver .....
    Cheers Mary

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    1. And you live in harmony, I'm sure - lol.

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  2. Nothing like a love poem for a rainy day.

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  3. tight little verse...i like the contrast of arms length and seeking their touch...

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  4. This is something to wrap your arms around!

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  5. 'Comfort at arm's length' --that can be good, or it can rain on the parade--either way,works really well here in your tanka, Mary.

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    1. Right Joy...a little ambiguity is a good thing sometimes. ;-)

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  6. Just lovely! I believe tanka have been used for centuries as little messages of love and yours is perfect.

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    1. Thank you Kerry. And thank you for the tanka prompt. You provided us with great, indept information.

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  7. Mary, I have fallen gently, softly in love with your tanka ....

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  8. I really enjoy the persona the bond you create...your form is excellent as well. :)

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    1. Thank you Hannah, this is a kind form.

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  9. I like that warmth in the black and white of autumn days ~ Lovely Mary ~

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  10. Oh, this goes so deeply into the complexities of relationship. Concise and packed with emotion. Wonderful, Mary.

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  11. the warmth of your touch. i like that

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  12. the warmth of the touch...how the instrument longs for the player and vice versa... felt..

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  13. Your poem feels magical. Many thanks.

    Greetings from London.

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  14. That is so lyrical! And I know a certain someone of a similar shape..........!

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  15. Your words brought me right to that autumn day.

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  16. Oh, I really like the form (one unfamiliar to me) and your words tucked inside it.

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  17. Nice poem. Great choice of photograph to go along with it.

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