A Beholder’s Eye #Tanka Tuesday

Colleen’s #Tanka Tuesday challenge this week was to write a syllabic poem based on a #PhotoPrompt provided by Trent McDonald, or a #SynonymsOnly prompt provided by David Ellis, using synonyms of the words “make” and “move.”

I decided to do both in a double nonet. My synonyms are “mirrors” and “turned.”

Trent’s photo upside down

A Beholder’s Eye

a beholder’s eye mirrors the mind

blind to the bafflement of lies

where seeing’s not believing

a world turned upside down

in clever madness

leading white swans

to slaughter

plucked of

heart

yet

wisdom

shall surface

for truth is love

unfurled on bright wings

beyond proud illusions

swans glide on tranquil waters

holding unguarded the others’

beloved reflections face to face

127 thoughts on “A Beholder’s Eye #Tanka Tuesday

  1. Sarah says:

    Mesmerising and beautiful! And I love the poem’s form from an artistic point of view too! 😀

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  2. This is poem goes so well with the name of your blog. It’s the perfect time for me to read it, too! Hoping the mirror gets wiped clear from the last 4 years. Hooray for today. What an elegant poem.

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    • Hooray for today is right, Ka. I started crying at the announcement, overwhelmed with relief. It was such a weight of stress and sorrow and worry that lifted from my shoulders. Here’s to a kinder gentler world. Have a lovely weekend. ❤

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  3. da-AL says:

    goodness this is artful on so many levels! would love if you’d guest at my site 🙂

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    • Thank you so much for the kind and generous offer. That’s sweet of you. I would love to guest at your site, but have a little bit of catching up to do… on just about everything in my life. Lol. Let me think about a topic, and please feel free to remind me! ❤ ❤ Have a lovely weekend and stay safe 🙂

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  4. Gibberish says:

    Beautiful poem indeed 💟

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  5. Jennie says:

    Really lovely poetry, Diana!

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  6. A double nonet?! That sounds like a math equation to me, and my brain goes to mush. But then when I read your poem, your double nonet, my brain relaxed and smiled. Yes, absolutely beautiful filled with the mirror images of hope and love.

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    • Thanks, Pam. The hopeful half was a lot harder to write than the dark half… must be a reflection of my mood lately. But I needed to end on a positive note. 🙂 And as always, your comments make me smile. Happy Friday, my friend. Cross your fingers for a more hopeful future on Tuesday! ❤

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  7. Vashti Q says:

    Congratulations on being chosen “Poet of the Week,” Diana! I can see why. Wow! What a gorgeous double Nonet. It’s meaningful and there’s so much hope in the words of the second half. Love it! ❤ xo

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  8. Beautiful. And I love how you’ve shaped this. Brilliant.

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  9. Jan Sikes says:

    Just beautiful, Diana! “For truth is love unfurled on bright wings…” Wow!!

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    • Thank you, Jan. I’m so glad you enjoyed this. It’s interesting to see which lines resonated with different bloggers. That’s my favorite sequence too. Have a lovely day, my friend. ❤

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  10. Sabiscuit says:

    How beautifully expressed, Diana. Swans are regal birds, and this delicate cascade of lines resembled an unfolding of their wings.

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  11. I love the mirror image of the poem! Swans are majestic creatures, but not to be messed with. They will tranquilly fly, skimming the surface taking their reflection with them at head height while you’re canoeing.

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    • Thanks for the beautiful comment. I turned the image upside down to mess a little with the reflections, so of how life feels these days. But I hope there will be a time soon when we see our own humanity reflected in the faces of others. Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day.

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  12. The first part was so disturbing (white swans to slaughter!), but you turned it around beautifully. Very artfully done, my friend.
    (Says she who would’ve just gone further down the gory dark track after slaughtering swans).

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  13. Ann Coleman says:

    What a lovely poem! And a lovely thought, that we might stop the bickering and begin treating each other with basic civility! We can only hope…..

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    • Thank you, Ann. The first half is rather dark, but I couldn’t leave it there. I have hope that soon we’ll be able to look into the faces of others and see our own reflections. I’m so glad you enjoyed this. 🙂 Have a lovely week. ❤

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  14. Teri Polen says:

    Beautiful, Diana!

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  15. Beautiful writing, Diana. So fitting for the times:

    “…blind to the bafflement of lies

    where seeing’s not believing

    a world turned upside down…”

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  16. The swans really confused me. I had to turn it 180 to see why they seemed so off! Wonderful picture.

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  17. Beautiful. Thank you for sharing!

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  18. Diana, you truly rose to the challenge. This is exquisite. I could never do something like this. Hugs on the wing.

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  19. Baydreamer says:

    Beautiful, evocative words and lovely form, Diana. Have a wonderful week ahead. 💗

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  20. Fabulous Diana and definitely a reflection of our current times.. love the flow..♥

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  21. D.L. Finn, Author says:

    Beautiful flow, Diana. Love it.

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  22. Diana, this is breathtaking. You rock.
    Sending love
    Gabriela

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  23. dgkaye says:

    Beautifully evoked Diana. I loved the hope in this part – “wisdom shall surface for truth is love” ❤

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  24. Miriam says:

    What very creative writing. I love it. Here’s to hope and clarity in this world that seems to have been turned upside down. 🙏💙

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  25. trentpmcd says:

    Very well done, the twisted, dark illusion mirrored by the light reality. It has been fun seeing my photo on all of the poems, but I did a double take when I saw yours (pun only partially intended), those swans floating in the sky… To borrow an analogy, I hope we get out of this twisted looking glass land and return to a wiser reality soon!

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  26. Steven Baird says:

    Beautifully written, Diana. So well done. 🙂

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  27. J.D. Riso says:

    So clever, Diana. Mirrored image, mirrored words.

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  28. Tessa says:

    So clever and beautiful! I love it ❤️

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  29. Ocean Bream says:

    Diana, beautiful clever work. How mesmerising.

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  30. memadtwo says:

    This form works perfectly for the transition from deceit to hope. (K)

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  31. Trent’s photo was mesmerizing. I’m glad it charmed your muse. The beholder’s eye could be deceiving and dangerous. Yet there’s hope for the wisdom to surface. Beautiful double nonet, Diana!

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  32. Beautiful, Diana. Trent’s photo is mesmerizing. Your double nonet depicted the double sided nature of the swan, both aggressive and romantic! Lovely!

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  33. Very very beautiful indeed…❤

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  34. Steve Tanham says:

    ‘Truth is love’ indeed. And her symbols are manifest. Lovely post, Diana.

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  35. balroop2013 says:

    Is ‘beholder’s eye’ needed these days? The first thought that hit me! Let’s hope the wisdom shows itself this time. Good one Diana.

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  36. Wonderfully and beautifully expressed Diana! I read this while looking out at our lake and the white egret was visitng so I had the reflection staring back at me. so many emotions and words strung so well. ❤️👏👏👏👏👏❤️ Cindy

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  37. So clever well done Diana. 🙂

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  38. This is a brilliant poem, Diana. Beautifully done.

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  39. Fantastic tanka, Diana and I loved your picture it was awesome and so apt with your poem. Too good.

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  40. Beautiful poem and “reflections” on life! Kudos Diana. 💜

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  41. Beautiful, Diana! Enjoy your Sunday. xo

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  42. thejworld says:

    This is amazing! 😀 Love the use of both prompts!

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  43. Shanyu says:

    Now that is stunning meter. I actually counted the syllables to be sure! To actually achieve this meter and deliver such effortless poetry is commendable my friend. I hope you’re doing well with your book.

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  44. May this prove prophetic

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