Seven Movements (tanka)*

Artist Susanna Shaposhnikova

abandoned alone~

midday lights ‘n shadows play~

now awakens dance~

swaying twisting in the breeze~

gracefully like willow trees~

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*Note: I love ballet for its physical beauty of movement in time to music. Seven movements are the beginnings to learn ballet. I hope that you enjoy both in the video I have chosen. 🌎 ✌🏻💙

Take care, be safe.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=uJWoy58wsmM

Musical Soliloquy (tanka)*

hands play sorrows song~

painful memories linger~

earth quakes smoke fills sky~

day’s devastation abounds~

ash’s rise wind scatters lost lives~

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*Note: The term “casualties of war” has been around for a while and refers to the ugly downside of military victory, often those who just wish to live their daily lives in peace. I present this song titled River Of Sorrow played on a kokyū (胡弓) can also be cross referenced with Erhu (it is the only Japanese instrument played with a bow: for more information click the link https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kokyū) which the man is playing in the photo. As always 🌎 ✌🏻💙 may it someday prevail. Take care, be safe.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=hsvzzolvwMo

Written for: https://lifeafter50forwomen.com/2021/05/31/what-do-you-see-84-may-31st-2021/

Called Upon (tanka)*

lays silent dormant~

finding deep within myself~

this magic gift strength~

drawn upon in a crisis~

a faith to believe in self

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*Note: one must have faith that we will find our inner strength when we call upon it. A song that’s calls it.

🌎✌🏻💙 Take care, be safe.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=U4ylQ8BaAIw

Written for: https://amanpan.com/2021/05/20/eugis-causerie-weekly-prompt-magic-may-21-2021/

Reflection in Marble (tanka)*

warm as human flesh~

chiseled form displays mother’s~

deep love for her son~

gently held within her arms~

exhibits fragility~

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*Note: The word Pietà finds its origins in the Italian word for “pity” and the Latin word for “piety”, giving it a sense of “compassion” and “devotion” altogether. Apparent from the depiction of Mary and her dead son in her lap, the compassion of the mother towards her dead son is quite obvious. My musical choice is I love Air by Bach & Pietà by Michelangelo. The video shows detailed features of the sculpture and its humanistic elements.

🌎✌🏻💙 Take Care, be safe.

Taj Mahal (tanka)*

profound affection~

built tribute showing deep love~

Pristine as white stone~

reflecting morning’s soft light~

Elegance admired worldwide~

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*Note: The Taj Mahal was built by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahān (reigned 1628–58) to immortalize his wife Mumtaz Mahal (“Chosen One of the Palace”), who died in childbirth in 1631, having been the emperor’s inseparable companion since their marriage in 1612. India’s most famous and widely recognized building. Enjoy the music. 🌎✌🏻💙 Take care, be safe.

Written for: https://lifeafter50forwomen.com/2021/03/01/what-do-you-see-71-march-1st-2021/