Awake before dawn

north shore winter_20131226Awake before dawn
x         —I  dreamed I counted
How many snowflakes
Had fallen in the cold night
x        —now
x                  —still
x        —blank


Depth Charge:  Another experiment in Exploded Tanka, this poem’s starting point was a line from L’École des Beaux-Arts by Jacques Prévert: “Cette fleur subite/This sudden flower.”  While pondering this line and looking out the window at dawn breaking across the winter sky, my mind then wandered to Spring Daybreak by Meng Haoran:



Meng Haoran’s Spring Daybreak

Springtime asleep, I missed the dawn,
Everywhere the birds are singing;
During the night the wind and rain howled,
No way to know how many flowers have fallen.

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