Ghost flowers (tanka)

white lotus at nightBlue Moon Lotus,” by Kate Hungerford

Ghost flowers twinkle
in my silvered wake; luna’s
reign gleams soft yet bright;
almost home, I pause and raise
a jug, toasting her tethered stars.

I learned today that some white water lilies bloom at night and are called ghost flowers.

25 Comments Add yours

  1. Paula Light says:

    Beautiful words and image πŸ’™

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Paula. ❀

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  2. ghostmmnc says:

    Ahhh I’d love to see these, and that’s a great name for them. πŸ™‚

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Yes it is a great name for them. I miss Ghost and Steve! I might jump in and start reading their story again πŸ™‚

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  3. Sadje says:

    Love the tone of your poem Li. Softly flowing and serene

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you very much, Sadje.

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      1. Sadje says:

        You’re welcome

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  4. writingwhatnots says:

    What a lovely name for them. Your tanka is a perfect companion to the beautiful picture.

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  5. memadtwo says:

    That’s wonderful–both idea and words. (K)

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Kerfe, thank you ❀

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  6. Chris Hall says:

    Delightful, Li! Of course, we love a ‘luna’ poem πŸ™‚

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    1. msjadeli says:

      ha ha! Glad to oblige πŸ™‚

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  7. badfinger20 (Max) says:

    I learn something every day! Never heard of ghost flowers.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      New to me also!

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  8. dorahak says:

    How did I miss this? It’s lovely, Lisa. We used to grow moonflowers which did the same, and oh, the scent! Heavenly.
    Pax,
    Dora

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Dora, thank you. My ex planted a crop of datura here a few years back which are also “ghost flowers.” It makes the night not so fearsome…

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  9. selizabryangmailcom says:

    I love the idea of ghost flowers. It’s so poetic. Love it almost as much as I love the description “a murder of crows”. Who thought of that?! I wish I could come up with just ONE great sentence/idea/thought like that in my life.
    However, as for right now, with a toast to “tethered stars”…I think you beat me there Li. Beautiful.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      ❀ πŸ™‚ Dear Stacey, any news yet on the new book???

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  10. selizabryangmailcom says:

    Awwww, thanks so much for asking!! No !! Last I heard, next spring/summer. It almost seems like when I asked for a new cover, they started avoiding me, lol !! We’ll see. I think it’s nice of them not to kick me out. I mean, it made SOME money, but obviously I can’t retire from my full-time job just yet, lol………….

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    1. msjadeli says:

      OK. Darn it! I can be impatient sometimes, but darn it!

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  11. selizabryangmailcom says:

    You are so sweet. I know you’re being really supportive and positive, but I could always just send you the PDF that I have sitting in my folder right now, lol. You could have first read. “Oh crap,” thought Lisa, “Nuts! Why did I ask???!!” πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Oh my goodness, I thought you’d never ask πŸ˜‰ Oh I would love to read it! ms_jade_li@hotmail.com

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  12. selizabryangmailcom says:

    Oh, boy, you asked for it, Li! lol

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Just received and emailed you back. Can’t wait πŸ™‚

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