Violet Nebula

violet nebula illustration for a tanka tribute to Prince

full moon’s tidal dance

breaking waves of purple light

reign of crying doves

scent of violets in bloom

solar orbit, fleeting life


Inspired by the artist we knew as Prince. His music lives in the souls he moved. Prompt words sun (interpreted as ‘solar’) and moon from RonovanWrites’ Weekly Haiku Poetry Prompt Challenge.

Postscript: It was after posting this that out of curiosity, I read about the scent of violets (it is late here, so I couldn’t go seeking violets to have a whiff). I learnt that after stimulating your olfactory receptors, the aromatic compound that gives violets their scent (ionone) temporarily shuts off the receptors, taking away your ability to smell the flower. How fitting and serendipitous that violets are known for their ephemeral scent! There is nothing more I’d like to do right now than smell a violet for a little while.

8 thoughts on “Violet Nebula

    1. Thanks Dagmar. An aside- one of my favourite things is real time commenting with my blogging friends- love when it happens usually at opposite times of day (I don’t seem to have many Australian readers).

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    1. Thank you so much Jana. Something changed in my approach in this one- since discussions in the comments of my previous post. I really laboured over this and explored different ways to say what I felt rather than a mechanical approach of settling for the first thoughts and combination of words that fit the theme and met the syllable count. Well, that was the starting point, but I stayed with it and revised more than usual. I’m happy with the journey I took from the initial draft to this one, so your lovely feedback is much appreciated!


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