Into the Redding Clouds – #Gogyohka #TankaTuesday

Sunset

Shimmer of sunlight
O’er twilight clouds.
Darkness in the east,
Hope in the west
Where lies the frontier.

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This gogyohka was written for Colleen’s Tanka Tuesday #189, poet’s choice! I decided to participate this week because, as I was driving home yesterday, the sky was very brilliant. I wanted to contrast sunset, frontier, and the idea that west is “death”, the last adventure.

This picture was taken last year just before Hurricane Dorian came by. It’s not the same as what I saw last night, but a hurricane sky isn’t like anything else and I thought I’d share.

Duyog – #Gogyohka #TankaTuesday

artistic blossom bright clouds

My voice flows
Your gongs clamor
Cacophonous duyog
Yet perfect symbol
Of our yearning.

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This is a first on the H.R.R. Gorman channel! Jade M. Wong, who is a super duper instagrammer (I’m not, I just looked at her page and was wowed), has a new prompt called “World of Words.” In this weekly prompt, a non-English word is chosen as a starting point for inspiration. This time, it was duyog, a Bisaya (from the Phillipines) word meaning “musical accompaniment.”

And lo and behold, Colleen Chesebro’s prompt this week was to use synonyms for harmony and love. How perfect does duyog fit for that? I couldn’t help but combine the prompts.

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Moth #TankaTuesday #Gogyoka

antenna biology blur butterfly

Soft dust flakes from gentle wings
Which beat in the floodlights and moonbeams.
The lethal heat of halogen bulbs attracts you
Like lumps of gold attracts man.
Do you laugh when we die for a rock?

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A new poetry form to learn!? Yes please! This is my first ever attempt at a gogyoka poem, as written for Colleen Chesebro’s February 4th Tanka Tuesday, Poet’s Choice.

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