The Magic of Puddles

Here’s my offering for this weeks Weekly Tanka Challenge, hosted by Kiwinana at Ramblings of a Writer.  The words are “reflections” and “vision”.  The prompt can be found here.  Go and check it out!

A veil of water

Offers divine reflections,

Mirror and vision

Revealing truth in ripples

Or misleading distortions

6 thoughts on “The Magic of Puddles

  1. Interesting words but very true, we can’t live without puddles, no puddles, no rain.
    Thanks for joining in and writing a poem for the weekly tanka challenge prompt.
    Have a nice day.

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  2. Hey Sammi,

    How are doing? Hoping life finds you well and flourishing.

    Enjoying the expansive nature of highly distlled words, I called by for a little late night read and a brief catch up with your posts. Always a delight to stay a while and enjoy your words, thoughts and scribblings. You appear to be enjoying the Tanka and have become rather good at it. Thank you for sharing.

    Knowing you had deliberated with the image to stretch our thoughts, I reflected on the muddy silt strewn puddle, and found beauty beyond the limits of impressionistic perception. Nature is divine.

    Hoping your week is off to a great start and will continue to reward with unbounded riches. Enjoy your evening, take care of one and all.



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    • Hey Dewin!

      I am doing fine thank you. I hope you are well, also? 🙂

      You always say the nicest things 🙂 I am enjoying attempting to write tanka, though whether I am becoming any good at it is another matter entirely. I find at present I’m often drawn to short-form anything…perhaps there is a reflection of modern life in that somehow…the need to be able to start and finish something quickly…the feeling of achieving something in a limited amount of time because there’s just not enough of it. I’m also amazed when reading the micropoetry and microfiction of others just how much they can cram into such a small space, especially in terms of emotion, and I find myself envious lol 🙂

      Thank you for reflecting on the muddy puddle, and for sharing your own thoughts 🙂 “…and found beauty beyond the limits of impressionistic perception.” How gloriously poetic and beautiful! It has an enchanting fluidity about it when said aloud – which I did, a number of times…

      Hopefully you are enjoying your week so far, and will continue to do so. Wishing you the Brightest of Blessings!

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      • Good evening Sammi,

        How are you on this grey soggy day in May? Dry I hope and warm tucked away indoors. As for me, I have a little time off work again at the moment and chance to reach for a little personal freedom away from the darkness of my employer. A break is long overdue and much needed and I hope to feel refreshed at the end of my leave.

        I always say the nicest things only if I mean them! 🙂 I enjoyed the Tanka very much indeed…it is a form that interests me due to the concentration and distillation of words. It really does encourage brevity and succinctness and highlights the power of individual words and associated meaning. I think of it as a very pure form of poetry, small words whittled to precision to convey vast meaning and strengthen the essence of the text. It is a skill and you have plenty of it to negotiate the form with confidence and style. I hope you will persist and continue to enjoy it. As to whittling words (I am always learning the art) …I try to imagine I have three swords with which to whittle and one battle-axe: a two handed broadsword to cut through thick stems, a Katana to rapidly slice, cleft and cleave, and a small pairing knife with which to dissect and intricately carve. The battle axe is for brutal slaughter, where words need to be quickly hewn from a solid block or thoughts need curtailing, rejected, or whittled far further by other means.

        Your thoughts on short-form writing are poignant and interesting, I would not have established that link in my thinking but accept readily what you say. The rush of modern life is affecting and influencing as too the need to respond to it. I get to feeling much the same way sometimes, but I try very hard to psychologically close the world behind me when I close the door behind me entering my home. Inside the four walls of my home I am free to be and rush or dawdle as I please…the only pressure then is from me and the muse of course who always works the mind so hard.

        Your kind words on my line are appreciated, thank you Sammi. Late was the hour when I strolled by and dipped my thoughts into the puddle on your page…perhaps that’s what motivated the words. Nature’s beauty always shines no matter how she presents to the eye. She is wondrous.

        7pm already and time for my evening feed. Limited in options tonight, I’m settling for French Toast and salad with lashings of Caesar Dressing. Hopefully it will take the edge of hunger and keep me upright for another few hours at the P.C before lights out later. So much to do, so little time! lol 🙂

        Take care Sammi, enjoy your week. Happy writing! 🙂

        Namaste 🙂


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