in a summer sky . . .
the rose moon reminds me
of darkness and light
July is my birthday month, and since I like to celebrate my birthday all month long and since July is, astrologically speaking, ruled by the moon, I’m asking readers to post their “moon” tanka here (as a comment) between now and my birthday, July 20. In exchange for this small indulgence, I’ll be awarding a copy of Makoto Ueda‘s Modern Japanese Tanka to my favorite tanka . . . or, if I can’t decide on a favorite (a distinct possibility), I’ll simply pull a name from my birthday hat–a battered but well-loved bonnet–to determine the winner.
P.S. I’m not the only birthday girl holding a tanka competition this month. Check out Kirsten Cliff’s giveaway at her blog Swimming in Lines of Haiku.