A sky full of ghosts

A sky full of ghosts
Last night played machines of time
Whirred hummed clicked banged buzzed
Their pulsating songs of love
The soundtrack of a lifetime

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(on seeing Kraftwerk perform)

Depth Charge: On Sunday, March 31, Kraftwerk performed at the Metropolis in Montreal. (The set included the version of Radioactivity below.) Although I have been listening to their music for over 35 years it was my first time seeing them live. The first line of the tanka comes from watching Episode 4 of Cosmos: A Space Time Odyssey.

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What eyes will be here to see?

When Andromeda
And the Milky Way do their
Intergalactic
Tango in three billion years
What eyes will be here to see?
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Depth Charge:  This tanka was sparked by the broadcast of  Cosmos: A Space Time Odyssey. For more on the possible collision of Andromeda and the Milky Way, click here.

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This life is no dream

This life is no dream
It is a thing very real
Thirteen billion years
In the making—consciousness
Born of the unknowing stars

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Depth Charge: Although I am thoroughly enjoying Japanese Death Poetry by Yoel Hoffman, it does contain a full array of Buddhist nonsense about life being “an illusion” or “a dream”.

For example, on page 119, Hoffman relates the story of a dying Buddhist monk who, pressed by his disciples to write a death poem, writes a single word: dream/夢. What a wanker!

Previously when I said that “You are a figment of imaginations” this in no way implies that you and I are not real. Imaginations, unlike souls, are very real and, like life itself, have evolved over billions of years

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The dead are hanging

Nébuleuse de la LaguneThe dead are hanging
Thick in the dusty acrid
Air over Beijing
From star-stuff to pollution
And all of life in-between

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Depth Charge:  This tanka was sparked by two lines from Shumpo Soki’s death poem: Thus, not a grain of dust will stain/The green mountains (Japanese Death Poems, p. 116), news stories on the current air pollution crisis in China and the broadcast of  Cosmos: A Space Time Odyssey.

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This poem is science

This poem is science

This poem is science
It explains very little
And is full of doubt
Like the stars themselves—endless
Wonder is contained within

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Depth Charge: This poem was sparked while listening to Steve Jones’ 1991 Reith Lecture, The Language of the Genes.

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On the surface of the moon

梁静茹扮“玉兔”与“吴刚”

梁静茹扮“玉兔”与“吴刚

Chang’e is silent
On the surface of the moon
Jade Rabbit has died

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Depth Charge: I had previously written a tanka to commemorate the touchdown of the Chang’e lunar lander and the launch of the Jade Rabbit lunar rover.  This haiku commemorates the demise of Jade Rabbit.

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