Tanka for the Moon

The white moon shadows
the fiery chariot’s path.
The sun’s face is dark
with their kiss—forming a bond . . .
a bright ring of endless light.

Another poem from earlier years, inspired by A Ring of Endless Light by beloved author Madeleine L’Engle.

About T A Smith

Just one of the literacy scholars on this site who wants to explore writing in all its complexities.
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29 Responses to Tanka for the Moon

  1. Nancy says:

    I saw Eternity the other night,
    Like a great ring of pure and endless light,
    All calm, as it was bright;
    And round beneath it, Time in hours, days, years,
    Driv’n by the spheres…

    ~Henry Vaughn (1621-1695)

  2. trisha says:

    this is simply gorgeous. loved it.

  3. I keep getting drawn to your blog whenever I’m holding a phone or a computer, I read and notice how you’re able to write just about anything and your poems are full of life and usually hope…. You’re such a talent I can’t begin to explain it to you… I love it here.

  4. ichabod says:

    Hi Yousei;

    These words are powerful. I am not used to sitting and thinking about words, so when I let yours wash through my mind, I thought about it until the image appeared in my mind, and I loved the image.

    Thank You 🙂

  5. owlren says:

    This is beautiful. I love, “The white moon shadows/ the fiery chariot’s path.” I get inspired by writers and love writing responsive poetry too.

  6. Jennifer says:

    It’s so interesting – I found a reference to A Ring of Endless Light just this semester when I was helping my students do research for their papers (I started researching poetry and it came up). I have never read it, and I thought that I would like to even though I’m 38 now. I have always liked her other novels.
    Also, just two days ago here in NC, the moon had a glorious ring around it – a ring of endless light.

    • Yousei Hime says:

      Wow. That’s great that you discovered the book. And the moon sounds fantastic! Do read the novel. It is a very good story. Her juvenile novels are very readable even for adults. She has several novels which include characters from A Ring of Endless Light. Who knows, you might like the all. I did.

  7. Meryl Pugh says:

    Beautiful. I’ve really enjoyed these. Poetry is such condensed language, and tanka and haiku are the epitome. I love the way that what is not said is as important as the words that are.

  8. Julie says:

    Beautiful! (Do I keep saying the same thing? That’s always the first word that pops in my head). I love poems that incorporate the moon and sun, light and dark. The last line is a powerful ending. But I also love the quiet feel of the voice. Yes, it is beautiful. I love the title, too.

  9. Nice image. I loved that novel too when I read it long ago.

    • Yousei Hime says:

      I have always enjoyed her work. Even her more “everyday” works are magical. One of the best books I ever read was a non-fiction book she wrote dealing with love and loss–
      Two-Part Invention: The Story of a Marriage.

  10. jruthkelly says:

    i’m swooning in the wash of these words. powerhouse poet, you are. such a feast.

    • Yousei Hime says:

      I’m blushing and humbled. Thank you. I have far to go, a lifetime I think, before I’d think about claiming that title. There is a saying that one who writes one good haiku in a lifetime is a poet, and one who writes ten good haiku in a lifetime is a master. I am no poet yet, but I am learning. Howver, I am very happy you enjoy what I’ve written. Please come back anytime.

      • blissbait says:

        Okay Missy!!!! I came back over and JOYFULLY read this POEM which makes me SO happy and is beautiful and I come upon this response of Yours to JRuthKelly’s comment. Silly rabbit! If You’re not a poet, I’m not a woman! Everything about You in blogland is poetic!!! Your words are gorgeous and You’re a gift and Your poetry’s a gift. Don’t make me come over there Woman! 🙂

        Seriously. Beautiful. Poet. YOU.

        Cheers and Namaste. 🙂

  11. cocorue says:

    hello there, TQ for visiting and i’ve seen you around at BlissBait’s room too……

    i looked up the meaning of ‘tanka’ too and i find your blog fascinating as the ‘feel’ is so japanese in character. no offence meant as i’ve always admired the refinement in everything japanese.

    your writing is beautiful and coming from a chi, i guess it’s a compliment bol…..and i pray you do have a sense of humour, yes???????


    • Yousei Hime says:

      Life is pretty grim without humor, coco. I’m very glad you visited, and no offense was even considered. I too admire the simplicity and beauty of so many things Japanese. I am not Japanese. “Yousei Hime” is a psuedonym. Blogs are a wonderful way to explore the inside of us that never gets a chance to walk and talk, true? I’m sure you agree. 😉 Come back any time. You are most welcome.

  12. catgirlslovehaiku says:

    Like this one. I love the way the subject of light can really make a poem.

  13. Technobabe says:

    I like the idea that a kiss can cause that kind of light!!

  14. blissbait says:

    GORGEOUS! I’ve long been fascinated by the romance between the sun and the moon. This is Cowrazy beautiful!!! Thank You and Namaste. 🙂

  15. Carmen says:

    I had to look up to see what a tanka is. I saw one called “Tanka For the Memory.” Haha!

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