a daily tanka – May 20

enormous moon
rising over rooftops 
a yellow hibiscus
spills over your fence
— neighbours stare open-mouthed 

Image: A neighbour’s bloom in artificial moonlight.

And for music today, here’s French ondist Christine Ott with Chimeres (pour ondes Martenot). (Youtubers here’s the album) An Ondes Martenot is an early (1928) electronic instrument and a player of this weirdness is an ‘ondist’.

a sea-drawn tanka – 19 May

today you’re wearing 
those sunglasses I retrieved 
from the ocean floor

coralline rims, deep green glass
sea flowers our corridor

Image: Diver entering the ocean wearing an experimental diving suit, 1934 c/- State Library of NSW on Flickr

And in keeping with today’s marine theme, here’s local indie guitar guy and shirt-refuser John Butler with Ocean (& tubers it’s here)

A full moon tanka – 17 May

after a night out 
upright morning finds the moon
in cream and mottle
unsteady
               she stops to lean
               her head on a power pole
 

Image: Japanese photographer Ikko Narahara with Negligee from 1962 c/- Are.na. Last night was the May full moon (named the ‘flower moon’ in the northern hemisphere – as everything’s blooming there); so no-one slept in our house.

From my favourite Australian jazz trio The Necks here’s Open (sorry Spotifiers, I couldn’t find this for you but it’s such a fabulous album, you’ll want to purchase a copy of your own).

a daily tanka — 16 May

it was grey all day
it was raining 
and it was going to rain

— mandarins in a red bowl
on a long grey table 

Image: a domestic scene today. The first three lines are adapted from Wallace Stevens’ 13 Ways of Looking at a Blackbird. His lines kept circulating today as the drizzle stopped and started and then…

Today’s musical offering, something upbeat: American funkster, guitarist and multi-instrumentalist Shuggie Otis. Here’s his Best of album (YouTubers) – and on a day like this what are you going to start with but Rainy Day (unless of course it’s not raining in your part of the world).

a daily tanka – 15 May

water hyacinth
pretty rafts interlinked 
exponential growth 

in nature’s arms race
this is the killer app.

Image: Coomaditchee, my local lagoon this morning, now being strangled by water hyacinth (Pontederia crassipes) Another invasive weed (this one originally from the Amazon) going crazy in a new environment, kicked along by recent flooding.

As I’m a little troubled, today’s musical offering is an old prog. rock favourite Close to the Edge by Yes (and Yes, they’re still touring and making music) (Yes for Youtubers)

a daily tanka – May 14

as orchestra
climbs towards crescendo 
moth reaches spotlight

both
achieve transcendence
achieve ignition

Image: Nolene Maclean, diving champion, Sydney, 1949 by Robert Donaldson, c/- State Library of NSW on Flickr. She finished 3rd in the high board championship and second in the springboard title at the diving competition of the Australian Swimming Titles in Brisbane, and went on to win silver at the Empire games in 1950 in Auckland, New Zealand. 

A tanka inspired by a night out with the wonderful Australian Chamber Orchestra. So, for music this morning here’s they are with Boccherini’s String Quintet in C Major – from the Master and Commander soundtrack (here’s the Youtube link.) For Spotifiers here’s the playlist from their recent Sketches of Spain concert series & something similar for YouTubers.

a daily tanka – 13 May

over still water
a pelican bellies
effortlessly
down
— —
below
a similar bird
rises to meet the swish...

Image: reflections, near Tumut NSW, Wolgalu lands

More global wanderings with today’s musical offering: Maya Youssef with her album Finding Home (and here on Youtube). Maya is a qanun player from Damascus, Syria, now living in the UK. A qanun is a 78-stringed Middle Eastern plucked zither.