Sahara Sky – A Tanka

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Tinged terracotta

Otherworldly sand-swept skies

Tint the sun burnt red;

The real world sepia-stained

Like an aged photograph.

Emma H, age 26, 16/10/2017

 


Another tanka about the meteorological phenomenon of Storm Ophelia back in October. Unfortunately the photo from my phone does not truly portray the eerie yellow-brown darkness of the sky that day, nor the unusual redness of the sun!

 

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Ophelia – A Tanka

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Rich shades of autumn,

Copper-coloured foliage,

Orange and deep gold,

Reflected in storm-swirled skies;

Nature’s wonders never cease.

 

Emma H, age 26, 16/10/2017

 


My photo does not do justice to yesterday’s eerie, apocalyptic weather – it was reminiscent of scenes from Mad Max or Star Wars. An eye-catching celestial phenomenon was created as ex-hurricane Ophelia’s winds dragged desert sands and forest fire particles up into the atmosphere over Britain. Nature never ceases to amaze me.