(cKathabela Wilson  ..May 23 prompt: reuniting with old friends (Yiwei Huang, Shanghai, 2014)
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Friday May 23, 2014 prompt: reuniting with an old friend on a journey
by Kathabela Wilson
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(One of the highlights of this trip happened already!
It was to meet with Yiwei Huang.
Yiwei, a young mathematician ….
home from Singapore 
where he was getting his Phd 
was assigned 3 years ago 
to show us his home city of Nanjing 
and to lead us up Yellow Mountain. 
Our glorious adventures 
and our poetic collaborations 
joined our hearts, 
and he has translated hundreds 
of your tanka written for Tong Zhang 
and performed them a year ago 
for her by visiting with a power point. 
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Now he is beginnng more translations 
of your newer tanka on her art. 
He is here for the conference 
and the joyous nature of the reunion is evident.
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 What have been your reunions on your journey? 
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We also have already had the joy 
of reuniting with Johannes Siemons, 
who was our host two years ago in Tuscany 
where we lived with him for a week
 in the 14th century stone house 
he restored there in the small village in Caprio. 
We have traveled many times with him, 
our ideal traveling companion 
and to be together is a joy and inspiration. 
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How have reunions on your journey
been important to your life and art,
how do they sing in your tanka?
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#1 Tanka reply:
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journey reunions
not always what one wishes
exciting phone call
travel for hours ~ and then ~
still don’t enjoy her company
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* Note:
Maine is a long state…I live
mid-way on the Downeast Coast
and after a days work, traveled
3 hours to meet someone in Porland
I hadn’t seen in many years ~ thinking
maybe we both have changed with age.
Then i just left and went home
~ but at least I tried, and now I know.

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#2  Tanka reply:
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phone call out of blue
good grief ~ half hour away
have RV will travel
will we recognize each other
he looks like his dad ~ I like mine !
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Note:
I was a teen, he in his twenties
when we last were in the same place.
Our fathers were brothers.
We spent two wonderful days,
my cousin and his wife,
my husband, adult daughter and
her chidren,
reminiscing about times we spent
together and learning about each
other and our families.
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