Enter the Sacred #TankaTuesday

Sunlight filters through tidal barriers of air and water where animals bloom from salty rocks with the permanence of plants, and gardens wear the guise of animals in this place where swimming is soaring from the edges of canyons, hiding in coral caverns of this wondrously alien world, secretive, and brimming with creatures, some tempered by timidness, others leaping and diving from blue to blue.

enter the sacred

domain of eels and turtles

world beneath our world

taught by schools of parrotfish

to touch a dolphin’s wild joy



Denise Finn chose the wonderful prompt for this Ekphrastic challenge (poetry based on a visual image). If you click on her name, you can read her entry. As a scuba diver, I’m entranced by the underwater world.

My poem is called a “tanka prose,” a bit of prose followed by a tanka with a syllable count of 5/7/5/7/7.

The weekly #TankaTuesday syllabic poetry challenge is the brainstorm of Colleen at Wordcraft Poetry. Think about joining in. It’s great fun.

144 thoughts on “Enter the Sacred #TankaTuesday

  1. judeitakali says:

    This is so natural, and yet ethereal as well. A delight to read or rather consume.

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  2. Teri Polen says:

    Beautiful, Diana. Hubby and I were at a beach about a year ago when five dolphins put on a show for everyone. They were about twenty feet from the shore when they starting leaping in the air and playing. I’d never seen anything like it. As a scuba diver, I bet you’ve seen some wondrous things underwater.

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    • What a wonderful thing to see, Teri! I’m envious! I’ve never seen dolphins in the wild and would love to. I have paddled with turtles and schooled with fish, spied on eels and touched sharks. And I was adopted by a giant grouper. Lol. Thanks for visiting and have a wonderful weekend!

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  3. I’m doing a little of all the above, Diana. Hugs to you.

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  4. A delightful morning read with my coffee, Diana. Well done!

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  5. Hi Diana, you have captured the essence of the ocean world beautifully.

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