Tanka #6: Renewal

Photo Credit: c. Jane H. Johann, Jasper.Alberta, Canada, 2013

Photo Credit: c. Jane H. Johann, Jasper.Alberta, Canada, 2013

gathered teardrops rain

upon thirsty Mother Earth

renewing deep love

amid the dryness and pain

nourishing her soul again

 

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Friends

WHO is it that does the simple things of everyday life

that become the HUGE things in your everyday strife?

WHO is it that takes the time to sit with you for lunch

when they might have to listen to boring words at brunch?

WHO is it that walks along to the mundane place of Home Depot

when you have to order a water heater for your old chateau?

WHO is it that tells you that you are sane

when all around you becomes a difficult refrain?

WHO  is that carries such honest charm

And willingly lends a restful arm?

WHO is it that listens so patiently to all you say

When you are ready to call it a day?

WHO is it that is so giving and true

why, of course, it is a FRIEND like YOU!

 

Black-eyed Susan Perennial Garden; Photo Credit: Jane H. Johann; August, 2015, Palmyra, WI.

Black-eyed Susan Perennial Garden; Photo Credit: Jane H. Johann; August, 2015, Palmyra, WI.

thank you, Friend…YOU know who you are!

 

 

 

 

Tanka #5: the Hunted Mourning Dove

"Wisconsin Mourning Dove" Photo Credit: c. Judy Mayer, September, 2015 USED WITH PERMISSION

“Wisconsin Mourning Dove” Photo Credit: c. Judy Mayer, September, 2015 USED WITH PERMISSION

the plaintive silence–

the mourning dove’s anguished cry

as the hunter stooped

to pick its prey from the dirt–

for two were dismissed that day

 

 

http://www.wisconsinbirdsounds.com/mourning_dove.php

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Related Information on the MOURNING DOVE:

http://www.wisconsinbirdsounds.com/mourning_dove.php

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WLaO2rZzWlQ Mourning Dove Something to Coo About 4 23 2014

http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/WildlifeHabitat/documents/dove.pdf    Another irony–In this article, the DNR writes: “…The mourning dove population in Wisconsin can sustain hunting without limiting the population”, and then further on in the same article writes: “…MORTALITY: “…The natural mortality rate for mourning doves is high; approximately 6 out of 10 birds do not survive from one year to the next. Research indicates that mourning dove mortality is caused by a variety of factors including predators, disease, accidents, hunting, and weather extremes. ”

http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/09/02_tundeln_dovehunt/

St. Paul, Minn. — Wisconsin finally opened its mourning dove hunting season Monday, for the first time since 1918.The season was first approved two years ago by the state Natural Resources Board., But animal protection groups successfully sued to stop the hunt, and ended up delaying it for two years.  An appeals court overturned that ruling earlier this year, allowing the hunting season to begin. That decision has also been appealed, but neither the Wisconsin Supreme Court nor Gov. Jim Doyle stepped in to delay the start of the 60-day hunt this fall.     The Wisconsin Legislature took the mourning dove off the list of game species when it named the bird the state symbol of peace in 1971. That designation was made at the urging of animal rights activists.

MY REACTION:

I find it so ironic that we would hunt our state Symbol of Peace, as the Mourning Dove was so named in 1971. I have lived in this particular countryside subdivision since 1986 and it is now 2015. The change in law permitting the shooting of this bird took place in 2003. Prior to the hunting permission, I could hear the cooing of the doves each morning, from one end of the subdivision to the other–now–their song has disappeared! I feared the worst when the law was changed, and, unfortunately, the hunt has killed their song. Even though we have people in this subdivision, the gun’s voice could be heard …only the pop not the coo! Now we have a countryside devoid of the mourning dove and its song!

 

So…what price are you paying for little things that keep you away from living?

I read an entry from the blog of Dace, pronounced “Dotsay,” who is from Latvia and who now lives in Canada.

http://mywaytotruth.wordpress.com/2011/08/05/price-you-do-not-have-to-pay/

At the end of her particular posting, she posted the question, “So, what price are you paying for little things that keep you away from living?” That question is the impetus for what I have written in this particular posting.

 

So…what price are YOU

paying for little things

that keep you away from living?

Is it grief that you feel?

Is it familiarity with the broken reel?

Is it the judgment you fear?

Is it the control you hold near?

Is it the envy of others’ success?

Is it jealousy of someone’s best?

Is it fear of the unknown?

Is it you might stand alone?

Is it fear of losing love?

Is it because there is no shove?

Is it the exposure you do fear?

Is it the fear of no one near?

Is it fear of being alone?

Is it because there’s no to the phone?

Is it stepping out of your cocoon?

Is it once again, shooting for the moon?

 

"Adventurous Delight" Photo Credit: c. Jane H. Johann. August, 2015. Palmyra, countryside, WI

“Adventurous Delight” Photo Credit: c. Jane H. Johann. August, 2015. Palmyra, countryside, WI

 

   Gather your wits about

   Embrace your feelings

   Let your emotions shout

  Then move forward, forget your doubts

  Move ahead and love again

  Enjoy the moments that you spend

 

Tanka #4: Monet’s Jump in the Hay

"Modern Day Monet" Photo Credit: c.Bobbi Bennett, Whitewater. WI. August, 2015. Used with Permission. c. August, 2015, Whitewater, WI.

“Modern Day Monet” Photo Credit: c.Bobbi Bennett, Whitewater. WI. August, 2015. Used with Permission.
c. August, 2015, Whitewater, WI.

 

Monet… leap of faith

painted glorious haystacks

Encouraging us

to look at everyday life

with deep appreciation

Tanka #3: the napping bumblebee

quiet morning walk

brought the flowers into sight

petalled pillow-soft

found a napping bumblebee

sleeping gently in the light

"Napping Bumblebee" Photo Credit: Jane H. Johann c.September 11, 2015. Palmyra Countryside, WI

“Napping Bumblebee” Photo Credit: Jane H. Johann c.September 11, 2015. Palmyra Countryside, WI

 

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  1. a Japanese poem consisting of five lines, the first and third of which have five syllables and the other seven, making 31 syllables in all and giving a complete picture of an event or mood.
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winged promise…for my daughter, Lara, on her birthday

"Clouds of Flight" Photo Credit: Jane H. Johann, near Palmyra, WI. Sept. 12, 2015

“Clouds of Flight” Photo Credit: Jane H. Johann, near Palmyra, WI. Sept. 12, 2015

the wind carried the tamarind seed

far into the hills

the elusive butterfly

winged its way into the blue

looking ahead with promise

for the future

no regret for the past