Many Waters 5

A couple weeks ago, I had published the first ten verses of my first ever poetry collaboration, with David of The skeptic’s kaddish. I truly found it very enjoyable, and so we continued till we came up with the next ten tankas of our to-be hyakuin(hopefully!), titled “Many Waters”. So far, we have completed fifty verses. Enjoy!

Many Waters(Tankas 1-10)

Monsoon arriving,
Bringing tragedy and joy,
Both sorrow and glee.

Streets flood into canal routes
Mind floods with uncertainty

The rivers in spate,
Swallowing all in their way,
Showering their wrath.

Nāgas ascend to surface
Soar into the air and dive


Swordfish ascending,
Their hearts singing merrily,
Relishing the storm.

Potamides saddle sturgeons
Riding their rushing rivers


Boats carried away,
Currents tossing them about,
Lie battered by rain.

Truth undulates with algae
Macroinvertebrates buzz


As do tranquil ponds,
Buzzing with tranquil beings,
Yet in immense spate.

Meditation in water
Brings our heart rates down, calming


Feel the cold water,
Attacking with cold fury,
Yet calming your mind.

Sinking into frigid depths
Letting go of mortal coil


Heart freed of harrow,
Hugged genially by cold,
Rinsed clean of troubles.

Cold water cycle spins tale
Created out of whole cloth.


Onlookers watch, shocked,
At nature’s wrath unleashed,
The destruction wrought.

Sirens sing seductively
Smiling smoothly at sailors


Hoping to tumble
Into the land of mermaids,
Or seas of treasure.

Davy Jones’ Locker sparkles,
Beckoning to mortal men

Grindylows await,
Their presence oblivious
To ships steered by greed.

God of ~Elusive Sea Change~
Proteus foretells downfalls

Tankas 11-20:

Thousands thus pursue
The Weed of Eternal Life,
Never to succeed.

Seekers dive through kelp forests
In quest for enchanted roots

Only to perish,
Consumed by dark energies,
Guarding vile secrets.

Deep calls deep through cataracts
Waves and billows sweep away

The undeserving,
Corrupted souls seeking fame,
Black-hearted mortals.

Among golden chalices
Stands the simple Holy Grail*

Guarded for aeons,
Its holy water, if drunk
Grants eternal life.

Monsoon waters swirl within
Like tempest in a goblet**

Sparkling like diamonds,
Reflecting bearer’s image,
And the evil within.

Dorian Gray stares***, aghast
Ghastly evil returns gaze

Clairvoyance channeled,
By chalices, to predict
The future of foes.

Fates foretold by Kassandra^,
Unheeded by feckless fools 

Dire monsoons summoned,
To shower devastation
Upon thoughtless thieves.

Deluge purges wicked Earth;
A lone wooden ark rises^^

Vast vessel of God;
Amidst roaring thunderstorms,
A lone speck of life.

From B 612^^^,
The Little Prince watches Earth

Should wickedness rise,
Sends his destroyer angel,
Yrcom Ylventus.

Immortal Connor MacLeod^^^^
Readies his sword for battle


Neath skies black with rage,
Indra smites ruthless demons,
As clouds weep with joy.

Indra decimates Vritra****,
Mankind celebrates sunshine.

Tankas 21-30:

Skies shaded pitch-black,
Diluted soon, with sunlight,
Masterful painting.

Darkness of space swirls, flowing
Inky rivers gleam with stars.

Lightning followed by
The melody of thunder,
Clouds dance to its tune.

I’m carried along at night
By revealing Dream River

Memories relived,
As I lie listening to 
The patter of rain.

Salt tears swirl down shower drain
Opaque steam walls contain me

Rain patterns puddles
That reflect remembrances
Of sorrow and gloom
.
Cold blows in through small window
Pushing against foggy heat

Words cannot describe 
The pleasure of harking rain,
Pressed against warm bed.

Syllables pounding ceiling
Verses leaking through plaster

Young poet’s mind drenched.
In a squall of poetry,
Satisfaction rife.
Awakens, bathed in stanzas
Pajamas soaked to the bone

Winds dancing,gleeful;
Atmosphere feeding gloom
To observing souls.

Unheard through wind, spirits howl
Surfacing from River Styx

Typhoeus rises,
Cataclysmic firestorms war
Poseidon’s typhoons.

Echidna calls her children
Olympus swarmed by monsters

All submit at once
When Zeus readies thunderbolts
To punish sinners.

Lightning strikes Maxwell Dillon
Charging Electro with hate.

Thundergod rivalled
By his own creation vile,
Rains carnage, enraged.

Raising Stormbreaker up high,
Thor unleashes destruction


Tankas 31-40:

Battle concluding,
Gods emerging victorious,
Monsoon resuming.

Whirlpool swirls furiously
Charybdis engulfs islands.

Hercules summoned,
Sails on treacherous waters,
Ready for battle.

Odysseus takes umbrage:
This voyage is mine, Hero!


Battles fought o’er fame,
While awaits terrible strife,
A hungry Scylla.

Philoctetes sounds alarm
Poisonous arrows readied.

Angry waters swirl,
Greeted by raging whirlpools,
The Dutchman rises.

Vanderdecken’s hopeless eyes
See salvation sink away

Undying pirates
Fight fearless warriors,
Seas painted crimson.

Zeus sends torrential blood rain
Portends slaughter in battle.

Try drowning sorrows
In alcoholic waters,
Forget painful loss.

Women, soaking, lose themselves
Bacchanalia ensues

Paying with their lives
Having heinously transgressed,
Drunkards shuddering.

Child soldiers forced to enlist
While parents lie in gutters.


Evil recruiters
Punished by the Thundergod,
Little ones rejoice.

Global warming ends the joy
Single cell organisms thrive.

Tankas 41-50:

Monera evolves,
Unicellular protists
Zoophagous result.

Comes Cambrian Explosion
Simple sponges evolving


Multicellular,
Complex cellular system,
The first of its kind.

Trilobites diversify
Ichthyosaurs swim the deeps

Age of dinosaurs
Concludes as soon as arrived,
Humankind is born.

Homosapiens flourish
Neanderthals go extinct

Old Stone Age begins.
Hunter-gatherers prosper,
Stone tools invented.

Megafauna roam the snow
Petroglyphs depict the hunt


Huge milestones occur,
Polished stone tools developed,
Mark birth of new age.

Anvils, cores, and flakes preserved…
Artifacts at Lomekwi.


Copper creations,
Enter Chalcolithic age,
Throve beyond measure.

Farming culture develops
Irrigated fields provide.

Age of iron dawns
Supremacy of stone dusks,
Era of great change.

Water rushes underground
Tunnels and shafts grant access
.

From caves to cabins,
Walking miles to riding carts,
Innovation starts.

Hephaestus forges armor
Daedalus crafts great shield


Fire flickers within
Forges forging metalwork,
Weapons meant for Gods.

Fire of house hearth impregnates
Virgins birth both Gods and kings


Mouthwatering feast
Commemorates Cacus’ birth
And mysteries untold.

Demonic centaur guards thieves
Fiery dragon perched atop.

-The Forgers of Fantasy
-David Bogomolny(The Skeptic’s Kaddish)

*This is a reference to the old movie – ‘Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade’ – if you haven’t seen the original Indiana Jones movies, you really should! If you need an explanation of the “goblet” scene, let me know. You can find it here on YouTube.

**A reference to the phrase “tempest in a teapot” or “tempest in a teacup”

***A reference to the famous book (and now a movie too): Dorian Gray

^Cassandra – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cassandra

^^https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genesis_flood_narrative

^^^The Little Prince (a classic book) – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Little_Prince
B 612 – the name of the asteroid, which the Little Prince lived on.

^^^^From the movie Highlander: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Highlander_(film)

****https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vritra

River Styx- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Styx

Typhoeus- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Typhon

Echidna- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Echidna_(mythology)

Maxwell Dillon- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electro_(Marvel_Comics)

Charybdis- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charybdis

Odysseus- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Odysseus

Philoctetes- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philoctetes

Vanderdecken- https://onepiece.fandom.com/wiki/Vander_Decken_IX

Cambrian explosion- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cambrian_explosion

Trilobites- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trilobite

Ichthyosaurs- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ichthyosaur

Megafauna- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Megafauna

Petroglyphs- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Petroglyph

Lomekwi- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lomekwi

Hephaestus- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hephaestus

Daedalus- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daedalus

Cacus- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cacus

As told in the previous post, the text in italics has been penned by me and that in bold by David.

Hyakuin:
A hyakuin is a renga consisting of 100 tankas.

This time, we decided to create a full ten verses with regard to evolution and the timeline of human history. Stay tuned for more!

To visit David’s website, you can refer The skeptic’s kaddish .

For more such poems, you can refer The Forgers of Fantasy

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