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Kathabela Wilson Prompt
(Yesterday, as we were arriving home from Japan,
Gary gave the prompt “little surprises”
I was surprised that it was Tuesday (again)
and right in tune with the prompt.
It was hard to see on my phone,
while we were getting off the plane,
and even later, what was “on top” of the stack of rocks
in his picture. I had to ask.
A little tree. So subtle and sweet.
It reminded me of many things we had seen
on this journey and everyday life too.
How what is on top of a building,
a person’s head
is important and there for a reason,
Even when accidental,
it often acquires meaning
in the eye of the person looking.
What is “on top” of you,
something you see every day,
something memorable in travels,
what does it mean
and can the significance,
importance come alive in your tanka?)
A Growing Restaurant Trend in the U.K
watermelons ripe for eating
juicy and sweet
stars and moons ~earthly beauty
seed spitting contests each melon
Kathabela Wilson prompt:
tanka prompt: watermelon memories, meanings, tributes
(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,
Have you run into it in odd situations?
How does the watermelon fit in your tanka?)