November 2021 Celestial Poetry Challenge Tankas

Welcome to the Celestial Tanka Poetry Challenge presentation. We have poets from four countries and three states of the US who shared poems! Their verses express the wonder, the scientific curiosity and the gratitude we humans have for the cosmos. Each poem is a galaxy to explore. Click on their names to follow the link to their websites. We thank you for making your comments about these beautiful poems in the space below.

Bienvenidos a la presentación de tankas celestiales del Reto poético. Tenemos poetas de tres países y tres estados de los Estados Unidos que compartieron su poesía. Sus versos expresan el asombro, la curiosidad científica y la gratitud que sentimos los humanos frente al cosmos. Cada poema es una galaxia para explorar. Haz un clic en sus nombres para seguir el enlace al sitio web personal del poeta. Te agradecemos por hacer sus comentarios sobre estos poemas bonitos en el espacio adelante.

Heavy Metal Stars Photo: NASA Goddard 2014
Wisconsin, USA

Constant Companion

Make friends with the sky
And you’ll never be alone
Constant and changing
Each day a new creation
Each night a new masterpiece

–Susan P.

Compañero Constante

Amigos del cielo
Nunca están solos
Constante y efémera
Creaciones al día
Obras maestras de noche

–Susan P. (Traducción por Rebecca)

Virginia USA

Paint the stars with me
Dream the dreams and name the lights
Sing songs of elders
Deep in the dark sky’s belly
Awaken the living flame

–Katie

PIntando estrellas
Soñando y nombrándolas
Cantico anciano
Despierta llama viva
En la barriga celeste

Katie (Traducción por Rebecca)

Galaxy NGC 300 Photo: JPL 2005
World Poet

Complete but timeless
If my body were to die
Would my soul become
Again, with the Universe
Welcomes me home among stars.

Emine L.A. Beasley

Completa y eterna
Si muriera mi cuerpo
Trasladaría
mi alma universal
a su casa celeste

–Ermine (Traducción por Rebecca)

Canada

how high the heart soars
beyond events horizon
when hope’s magic
eclipses the heavens in
a November beaver moon

Suzette Benjamin

Corazón leve
horizonte eventual
cuando esperanza
eclipsa los cielos en
esta luna de castor

–Suzette (Traducción por Rebecca)

November Beaver Moon Photo: JSC 2008
England

A meeting – going out.
I’ve got my coat, my bag, notes.
But wait. Above me
glows the moon, a perfect globe
in a black sky, girdled by stars.

Margaret

Reunión fuera
abrigo, bolso, apuntes
Espera, arriba de mí
la esfera de luna
de negro con faja astral.

–Margaret (Traducción por Rebecca)

India

Gazing in the night
Deep into the darkest folds
Where shining lie stars
Lost in their own lives, and worlds,
And I, lost in mine.
–Snehal Suhane
https://oddballthinks.wordpress.com/2021/11/13/starry/

El cielo observo
En pliegues más remotos
Brillan estrellas
Perdidas en sus vidas
Y yo en la mía.
–Snehal Suhane (Traducción por Rebecca)

Florida, USA

Neutron stars collide,
gravitational waves wash
over the cosmos
while a Goldilocks planet
watches in childlike wonder

Lou Faber 

Astros neutrones
chocan, ola de gravedad
reverbera el cosmos
un planeta Goldilocks
la mira con asombro

–Lou Faber (Traducción por Rebecca)

Neutron Stars Collide Photo: NASA Goddard 2017
Wisconsin, USA

Bright star or planet,
Bone white sickle of a moon
Waiting from below,
Poised like a pinball paddle
To slap fireballs in the night.

–Tim

Astro o planeta
Luna, hoz huesudo y blanco
Espera abajo
Como el flíper de pinball
Para lanzar bolidos (de noche)

–Tim (Traducción por Rebecca)

England

Night with light
The unknown smiles
The heavens Glory reveals
vast suns, stars, matter.
Our eyes weep in humility.
Our knees tremble and low bow.

–Sandy

Noche iluminada

Sonrisa ignota
Cielos de Gloria con
soles, estrellas.
Lágrimas de humildad./En
rodillas boca abajo.

–Sandy (Traducción por Rebecca)

Muy agradecida a los poetas por su trabajos lindos. Muchas gracias a los lectores por visitarnos. ¡Fotos del viaje a Milwaukee durante el fin de semana en el artículo de jueves! ¡Olé! –Rebecca

We are thankful for the poets and their fine work. Many thanks to the readers for visiting. On Thursday, photos from our weekend Milwaukee trip! ¡Olé! –Rebecca

Rebecca Cuningham

28 thoughts on “November 2021 Celestial Poetry Challenge Tankas

  1. This is wonderful. In many ways you were quite prescriptive in what you asked of us this time. I think this was a useful discipline. And within these constraints, look what variety there is! A meeting point for the quotidian, the scientific, and the wonderer. Take a bow, Rebecca, for encouraging us to produce these!

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  2. Ah, I missed doing my take on the tanka! But you got a lot of entries from all over the world, all of which are beautiful and evocative of the galaxy around us. Loved reading each and every one of them!

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      1. Hi, Rebecca. At the moment I am really busy and have had to give up for the present participating in prompts. However, when my book is completed, I will certainly reconsider taking part. Have a wonderful day.

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