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one tile
within the mosaic –
quivering
.
my heart flutters 
among the green

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Linked to Carpe Diem Tokubetsudesu #44, where I was delighted to see one of my favorite poems in today’s prompt!  Thank you, Chèvrefeuille, for sharing it with everyone!

I wrote two responses to this prompt – but will post the second one separately so you can digest them both properly 🙂   

The Delight Song of Tsoai-talee
N. Scott Momaday

I am a feather on the bright sky
I am the blue horse that runs in the plain
I am the fish that rolls, shining, in the water
I am the shadow that follows a child
I am the evening light, the lustre of meadows
I am an eagle playing with the wind
I am a cluster of bright beads
I am the farthest star
I am the cold of dawn
I am the roaring of the rain
I am the glitter on the crust of the snow
I am the long track of the moon in a lake
I am a flame of four colors
I am a deer standing away in the dusk
I am a field of sumac and the pomme blanche
I am an angle of geese in the winter sky
I am the hunger of a young wolf
I am the whole dream of these things

You see, I am alive, I am alive
I stand in good relation to the earth
I stand in good relation to the gods
I stand in good relation to all that is beautiful
I stand in good relation to the daughter of Tsen-tainte
You see, I am alive, I am alive

© N. Scott Momaday

N. Scott Momaday. Poets.org.

N. Scott Momaday. Poets.org.

20 thoughts on “one tile (tanka)

  1. I love how how the last two lines ‘rewrite’ the meaning of the haiku, shifting the ground from under us. And the heart as one tile in a mosaic is a wonderful image – dare I say, one for the much anticipated book..? 🙂

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