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My response to the prompt:
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oh my stars and garters
watermelons ripe for eating
juicy and sweet
stars and moons ~earthly beauty
seed spitting contests each melon
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Aug 28 prompt: watermelons in your life, memories, meanings, myth, significance,
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Kathabela Wilson prompt:

 tanka prompt: watermelon memories, meanings, tributes

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(As we wandered through the Shinto shrine on our way to the peaks of Mt. Tsukuba, 

an unusual large stone sculpture caught our attention. 

It stood out among the other carvings and monuments, gargoyles, statues and garden figures. 

I had to ask what it was and what the script on its plaque was saying. 

“It’s about a watermelon” our host said. 

We are thanking the watermelon for its delicious fruit. 

and for the good fortune it brings.” 

Shinto honors nature, has no texts, or “gods” 

in the normal sense 

so this expression in honor 

of the watermelon 

was natural and genuine to its spirit. 

How has watermelon figured in your life, 

how has it been significant, inspiring, 

integral to your childhood, growth,

 experience? 

Have you run into it in odd situations? 

How does the watermelon fit in your tanka?)

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