Sunday, August 31, 2014

Your green tail

your green tail
thin as this brown limb—
o chameleon
in a parched world
why the half-hearted disguise?

—Skylark, 1:2, Winter 2013

11 comments:

  1. This tanka did get me pondering. Nature does get up to some mysterious modifications, when you think about it.

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    1. thanks for stopping by to read and comment again and again!

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    2. Your tankas are wonderful and I always enjoy learning about various poetry forms; though I suspect I am a little too verbose to hit the nail on the head quite as succinctly as you do, Janet. Though, I admire your talent in doing so - and with such artistry and finesse.

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    3. thanks again, wendy. I'd actually been feeling a little down in the dumps about my writing and some other things, so your post was well timed! I do hope you'll try tanka, though. I have a feeling you'll be good at it.

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  2. I love this one, Janet! Very thought-provoking, it suggests to me the way that we do and do not want to reveal our true selves to the world. Line 4 heightens that sense of wary ambivalence.

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    1. thanks, jenny. this was one of those that mostly wrote itself (L1-4 were accurate in a literal sense too).

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    2. I remember having a chameleon when I was eight or nine and having it cling to my shirt. I don't remember where I go it or what happened to it, but I do remember trying it against different colored shirts to see if it changed color.

      You brought back a forgotten memory.

      Adelaide

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    3. I see a typo--not go it, but got it.

      Adelaide

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    4. That's funny, the things we remember! We have a lot of little chameleons here in Texas. I was always seeing them in Houston, like we were buddies.

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  3. One of my favorites of yours...though I have many.

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