OctPoWriMo Day 24 – Troiku – October 24, 2015

Tanabata Rain*

falling rain
magpies flock to the wheat fields 
lovers forgotten

falling rain
each drop a painful tear
no summer wishes

magpies flock to the wheat fields
far from the river
no bridge is formed

lovers forgotten
Amanogawa uncrossed
a year of sadness

© G.s.k. ‘15

 

Carpe Diem #842 Tanabata Festival

* “Orihime (Weaving Princess), daughter of the Tentei (Sky King, or the universe itself), wove beautiful clothes by the bank of the Amanogawa (Milky Way, lit. “heavenly river”). Her father loved the cloth that she wove and so she worked very hard every day to weave it. However, Orihime was sad that because of her hard work she could never meet and fall in love with anyone. Concerned about his daughter, Tentei arranged for her to meet Hikoboshi (Cow Herder Star) who lived and worked on the other side of the Amanogawa. When the two met, they fell instantly in love with each other and married shortly thereafter. However, once married, Orihime no longer would weave cloth for Tentei and Hikoboshi allowed his cows to stray all over Heaven. In anger, Tentei separated the two lovers across the Amanogawa and forbade them to meet. Orihime became despondent at the loss of her husband and asked her father to let them meet again. Tentei moved by his daughter’s tears and allowed the two to meet on the 7th day of the 7th month if she worked hard and finished her weaving. The first time they tried to meet, however, they found that they could not cross the river because there was no bridge. Orihime cried so much that a flock of magpies came and promised to make a bridge with their wings so that she could cross the river. It is said that if it rains on Tanabata, the magpies cannot come and the two lovers must wait until another year to meet.”

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20 thoughts on “OctPoWriMo Day 24 – Troiku – October 24, 2015

  1. The picture is beautiful. The poem even more so, and the story that ends it all helps bring it all together. I always enjoy learning new things, and when they are beautifully written, it’s even better!
    Thank you for your gift to us.
    (I feel so unworthy compared to you!)

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