Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Poets United Midweek Motif ~ Tranquility

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Birch forest in the Lake Saimaa region, Finlandphoto by Miguel Virkkunen Carvalh

“Every breath we take, every step we take, can be filled with peace, joy, and serenity. The question is whether or not we are in touch with it.” 

"Let your life lightly dance on the edges of Time 
like dew on the tip of a leaf."


“Nothing is so aggravating as calmness.” 

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Rabindranath Tagore and Gandhi in 1940.
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Midweek Motif ~ Tranquility

Where do you go for tranquility?
Do you find it?

(To me, the word "tranquil" sounds like 

an edible flower.)



Your Challenge: 
Write a new poem that clarifies tranquility. Use a short form for this challenge: any form from 3 to 17 lines.


From time to time by Basho

From time to time
The clouds give rest
To the moon-beholders.

Adieu  by Donna Donabella 
As we begin our walk through autumn paths
take time to sit and watch the leaves turn;
hear them gently touch the ground in a whisper…adieu.
Why I Wake Early by Mary Oliver
Hello, sun in my face. Hello, you who made the morning and spread it over the fields and into the faces of the tulips and the nodding morning glories, and into the windows of, even, the miserable and the crotchety – best preacher that ever was, dear star, that just happens to be where you are in the universe to keep us from ever-darkness, to ease us with warm touching, to hold us in the great hands of light – good morning, good morning, good morning. watch, now, how I start the day in happiness, in kindness.

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Please share your new poem using Mr. Linky below and visit others in the spirit of the community.

( Next week Sumana's Midweek Motif will be ~ River )

41 comments:

  1. Good morning, Poets United! Victoria, you almost beat me to #1, but today my kitchen floor is due to be ripped out for replacement--so I'm up to get a few things before I can't. I'll be here through 5:30 when I have a potluck on the other side of town--but don't you worry--I'll be back by 9:30 or so and back here to spend time with you.

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  2. Hello everyone,

    Woooo hooooo its time for Midweek Motif once again :D sharing my poem "Tranquility" hope you all like it.

    Ummmm.. I had no idea that we had to write not more than 17 lines.. mine is a tad bit long.. but not much. Hope that's ok..

    Lots of love,
    Sanaa

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    1. I should have mentioned that last week, but I'm not going to count the lines. I'm just going to enjoy the tranquility.

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  3. Thank you for the prompt - I also jumped ahead of the game and did long form! it pays to take a step back even in blogging it seems! ;)

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    1. I knew you would, and I don't mind. I'll be over to read quite soon.

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  4. Thanks for the prompt, Susan. My poem had been buzzing around in my head for quite a few weeks now but the prompt made it all settle into place. Mine is a little longer too. (it is a good idea to specify requirements the week before so that the creative idea is suitably constrained).

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    1. I don't think you could have written this any shorter, Nicholas. But thank you for caring and thank you for being here. I'll rarely ask for a short form, but I'll try to announce it ahead if I do.

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  5. Wednesday is here and i'm posting early; Yup
    have a nice day every one

    much love...

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  6. Thanks for the prompt - I went over the line limit, but they're short, so it's still not too much of a commitment.

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    1. Well, ok then. I'm glad you are here.

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  7. I think that very early morning is the most tranquil time of day for me.

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    1. I could make it more relaxed, I think, by taking that minute before letting the list forms in my head.

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  8. Got me think of the Sea of Tranquility...off to have my tea now, will be doing the visiting rounds later on. Happy poetry everyone :)

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    1. Ohhhh, science fiction! or science! Thank you so very much!.

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  9. Great quotes and wonderful prompt. I am sitting at my desk, feeling busier than a one-armed wallpaper hanger, as my mother used to say. Hope I can calm down enough to write about tranquility, LOL. It is the 10th annual Blogblast for Peace worldwide, so i will be traveling the globe today! Yay!

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    1. I too will blog for peace before the day is done. If you think of it, leave a link for us, OK? And don't fly too fast around the world, there is so much to see!

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    2. http://blog4peace.com/ ? And it has a page where you can pick up a globe.

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  10. Just posted my poem. It is my birthday today and so my take on tranquility is not really a positive one. I wonder if we really want true tranquility. I am having a good birthday thought! Thanks!

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    1. Happy Birthday! Speaking as one over three score years old, I've got to tell you that you are facing the best decade ever. I expect to try out two more of them, but I think I will never achieve more than moments of tranquility here and there. But I definitely want those moments!

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  11. Thanks for the wonderful prompt. I wish my poem was shorter. It is of 21 lines. Anyways, looking forward to read all the lovely poems here and enjoy tranquility :)

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    1. You are forgiven, Purba. Thank you for the poem. I wish I could promise you that all of these poems lead to tranquility, But I can promise you that they are marvelous!

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  12. Thanks Susan for kindly featuring my poem today as an example....it is an honor!

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    1. It's in a little tranquil place in my mind as well. And look! I put you between Tagore and Oliver! Thank you for agreeing to let me use your poem.

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  13. Nice theme. Love all the quotes and mentions you offered, Susan,. Also, discovered amazing poet Paul Celan. Thanks for the prompt.

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    1. He is amazing! Thanks for the discovery. I'm heading over to your place now.

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  14. Thank you, Susan. I'm horribly behind on reading but I'm trying to catch up...I hate to miss a midweek...

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    1. You are welcome; thank you, too. Sometimes we have to knock on each other's doors.

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  15. This is a lovely prompt. Thank you. The past few weeks have been dark and full of turmoil so it is wonderful to step back and look at tranquility. LOL, I almost always will submit a short form - except maybe when doing a haibun, but I try.

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    1. If this is a glimpse of tranquility born from turmoil, I want to know your secret!

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  16. Hello everyone! My first submission for Midweek Motif. Loved the prompt and also in concurrence to my recent state of emotions. :)

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    1. You are very welcome! Bravo for coming by and writing a new poem for our challenge. I hope you enjoy reading the others as well and leaving your comments. We have good reading all week long at this site, with interviews and oldies and poems we wish we had written and other discussions. Sunday brings our Pantry for a poem old or new. And hope to see you next midweek, too.

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  17. Forgive me for my second. I could not stop myself.

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  18. This was most enjoyable. Great challenge. I am relatively new here and am off to read some of the other scribes here!

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    1. Nice to see you here, Carol. Welcome.

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    2. Good to see you Carol. Thanks for being part of this challenge.

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  19. Hi Susan ~ I am joining in, smiles ~

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  20. Rabindranath Tagore has such a beautiful way with words. He is one of my favourite poets.

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    1. I agree heartily! I keep going back there for new depth. Good to see you here, Suzy.

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