Photo Prompt: #TankaTuesday

Colleen at Wordcraft poetry suggested this beautiful photo byTerri Webster Schrandt as a prompt for this week’s #TankaTuesday.

I wrote another tanka as I first tried a different form (tetractys), but couldn’t make it work for this image. Though the actual setting was the Sacramento river delta, I saw a lake. That also worked better syllable-wise.

Stubborn wildflowers,

solitary and trembling

in the springtime breeze,

cloak the melancholy lake,

blurred lights of humanity.


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36 responses to “Photo Prompt: #TankaTuesday

  1. That is so beautiful, Luanne!

  2. This hit me as melancholy. (I’m taking “blurred lights of humanity” metaphorically.)

  3. So beautiful! A poem to ponder! I could read this one over and over again.

  4. It does work. Nicely done, Luanne.

  5. That’s amazing, Luanne. I don’t know how you come up with these wondrousTankas.

  6. I didn’t see any loneliness or sadness in the image! Strange how our minds works to create a poem! Thanks for showing another aspect of this picture Luanne.

  7. Oh! This is lovely so to the point, it’s amazing how differently we see the same photo 💜

  8. I picked up on a sadness in the picture as well. I loved your poem, Luanne!

    Yvette M Calleiro 🙂

  9. Well done there. I see the sadness in the photo and poem that everyone else is pointing out. The lighting in the photo suggests the day is ending. Sometimes that is a sad time of day, as well as the flower seeming to be alone.

    • Good point about end of day!!! Yes, it just surprises me when some others don’t see the sadness, but maybe they are the lucky ones! Thanks, Marie.

  10. Very nice, Luanne. I feel the melancholy in the photo too. Well done. 💜

  11. The wildflowers do look isolated and lonely there by the water.

  12. Beautiful, ethereal.

  13. Utterly lovely, Luanne <3

    Much love,

  14. Very powerful imagery!

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