Mountain Lake

in moody mountains
long-legged prints of hares merge
with neat tracks of fox
at the edge of a still lake
sky and water face to face

Kim M. Russell, 2017

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My response to Carpe Diem honors Jane Reichhold (1937-2017) F.) Sierra

In the penultimate episode of our special Theme Week to celebrate what would have been her 80th birthday, we are finding inspiration in some of Jane’s tanka.

the dreamer
never dreaming
to live a dream
leaving everyone else
behind in the future

long meadow
is too short to hold
the emptiness
of leaving a family
longing for their faces

high in the mountains
suspended over the valley
even spirits
smoothing the paths
toe to heel, toe to heel

ocean breezes
a coolness blowing inland
my message
meets hers mid-air
the tie that binds

© Jane Reichhold (taken from: She Alone)

In She Alone Jane describes a trip her daughter, Heidi, made into the Sierra Mountains. Between the stories Jane created tanka.

high up in the mountains
the air becomes thin and rich
taking my breath away
she … the beauty of my life
brings me to a higher state

© Chèvrefeuille

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