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  Posted: July 3, 2016      Views: 529
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I am recently retired and reside in the most beautiful area of Virginia--the Shenandoah Valley. I find beauty and inspiration in the mountains every day--it is one of my most faithful muses.

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Chapter 35 of the book 2016
Tanka Prose
"Respite" by mountainwriter49

Tanka prose
Oh, thank the good Lord, my muse is with me again after weeks of absence.  I know not where she has been or with whom she has played.  I feel her presence as I sip Grey Goose beneath my wonderful old oak late this afternoon. Though humidity is high, the shade and coolness provided by the tree is refreshing. Invigorating. Inspiring.  Arousing.  Juices flowing.  My fountain pen's now with ink.  I pour myself another tonic and listen to the sounds of nature as my muse gently kisses my lips.  Crows caw.  Squirrels chatter and dance aloft on the myriad limbed oak.  Jumping here—scurrying there! The white-noise of chirping birds, buzzing bees and other earthly things creates a jazz-like dissonance as the trees and shrubs gently sift soft northern breezes across my courtyard.  I am immersed in the now, but yearn for that which eludes me.  My pen flows incessantly…

setting sun
gently casts soft, long shadows
through which I must pass
to find my destiny

1 July 2016

Poem of the Month contest entry


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Author Notes
Tanka Prose. Tanka prose is the first cousin of the Haibun; however, unlike the Haibun short, terse phrasing, Tanka Prose utilizes longer and more elegant phrasing. With that said, Tanka Prose may also also utilize short, terse phrasing. Additionally, the Haibun ends with a haiku and the Tanka Prose ends with a tanka. The poem is written in the present tense. The closing tanka provides an ending to and summation of the overall poem. Despite the blending of prose and poetry, both the Haibun and Tanka Prose are considered to be poetry.

We've had a delightfully cool summer thus far. The other day, while relaxing on my courtyard beneath my spreading oak tree, I found my muse. She had been absent for weeks.

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