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  Tanabata - Sonnet
by Peter J. Oszmann
Saturday, July 03, 2010
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An allegorical poem based on the Japanese Tanabata Myth


 

Oh cruel fate… I had lost you my love…

You stand on the far side of the river,

In the vast ocean of the sky above,

Amongst the millions of stars that quiver.

 

Hopelessly I search and cry for your soul,

Forlorn standing on this side of the shore,

Holding broken pieces, that once was whole,

Hoping to hold you in my arms once more.

 

When Stars Altair and Vega intersect,

In the vastness of Universal Space,

Our separated souls will reconnect

N’ I shall hold you in brief, but warm embrace,

 

In the seventh month, on the seventh day,

On the bridge that spans the wide Milky Way…

 

© P. J. Oszmann (2010)

© Illustration created in Photoshop, by combining 2 Tanabata images from public domain (2010)

 

 

Footnotes:

 

The Japanese Tanabata Festival - which is traditionally celebrated on the Seventh Day of the Seventh Month according to the Lunar calendar - originates from the Chinese Qi Xi Festival, which in turn is based on the Chinese Folklore of the Princes and the Cowherd.

There are many variations of the story and here is the brief essence of one version:

Once there was a weaver princess named Orihime and a cow herder prince named Hikoboshi living in space. (The stars Altair & Vega). After they got together, they were playing all the time and forgot about their jobs. The heavenly king Tentei was angry at them and separated them on opposite sides of the Amanogawa River (Milky Way). The king allowed them to meet only once a year on the Seventh Day of the Seventh Month. (July 7th. according to the Gregorian Calendar or August 7th according to the lunar) This is why Tanabata is also known as the star festival. It's believed that Orihime and Hikoboshi can't see each other if July 7th is rainy, so people pray for good weather and also make wishes for themselves.

 

 

 

 

 


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Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 7/5/2010
I've never heard of the Tanabata, Peter. I learned something today in these beautiful, haunting lines: thank you. Well done.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Ed Matlack 7/4/2010
You've taught me before and still are with sonnets such as this one...e
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 7/3/2010
A fine rendition of the legend via your sonnet, Peter; and thank you for this lesson. Love and peace to you,

Regis

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