Sunday, July 2, 2017

Night Has Come to Sleep Paralysis 
Tankas of the madness of night 
A girl meets the madness of night 


Night Has Come (tanka) 

Night has come once more
They came and now they are gone
But there was a time
When spring’s blossoms ruled the day
Kissing hopes for tomorrow 



Settling Hours (tanka) 

The settling hours
Which brought comfort to the day
Now scours through the night
Searching for some reasoning
To make it all feel worth while



Madness (tanka) 

Darkness claimed the night
When victim fell into lair
Of madness and death
And with the last screams was heard
Forgive me for what I am


The night transforms in three tankas. Classically a tanka is a short poem of 5 lines following this syllable order: 5/7/5/7/7.  Rhyming is optional. In English, most tankas do not rhyme.  Modern poets are successfully challenging the tanka's classical 5/7/5/7/7 structure. It is not uncommon to see tankas written in freer syllable style. 

One of the weirdest nights Arlene I ever had was at a dance at San Francisco's Norwegian Club. I was made a honorary Norwegian at this affair. It was one of many fun awards given out that evening. Still, I was surprised and honored. I was equally surprised to see two of our friends there. Arlene and I thanked them for coming. They said that they wouldn't have missed this for the world. We joined them  at their table and spent the rest of the night drinking, laughing and dancing. On the following day Arlene called one of the friends to talk about that night and thank them, once more, for coming. They didn't know what Arlene was talking about. Arlene tells me, so I call the second person. He insisted he wasn't at the even't either. He even volunteered witnesses, who would confirm that he was with them. Who were those two people Arlene and I were with last night? Was it the alcohol? Was it an elaborate joke? Weird. 

Happenings like this enter many individuals lives. Things that defy explanation. I'm sure. that there was a explanation, to what happened to Arlene and me, out there somewhere. But no one was hurt, so why not enjoy the riddle? There are some riddles that require our attention (like when my family thought the house was haunted) that require our attention and should be solved. The question is: Are people being hurt or in danger of bring hurt? If so, it is our responsibility to step up and do something. With that being said, this is a wonder we live in. Splendors, or happenings. that defy (or at least stretch) imaginations grace everyday. The beauty of a rainbow is a perfect example. The rainbow is glorious sight. Arlene and Martin enjoying an evening with two familiar strangers. The unexplained marvels which wander into our lives, making our lives even better. A special gift our world is offering us to Enjoy.


Night enters into a once beautiful romance: Amr Diab "Osad Einy"  '

Thing that go bump in the night 


Sleep paralysis is a phenomenon during which an individual is unable to move during falling asleep or awakening, but is aware of their surroundings. It is often accompanied by frightening hallucinations to which one is unable to react because of paralysis and perceived physical experiences, such as a strong current running through the upper body. Sleep paralysis poses no immediate risk to those who experience it, although it occasionally causes significant distress. 
BuzzFeed Video takes sleep paralyses one step further. "Sleep Paralysis" 

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39 comments:

  1. Sometimes best not to solve such a riddle and keep it as is, makes life more interesting that way.

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    1. I bet you have a treasure trove of mysteries of your own.
      Thank you for all the smiles

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  2. Most interesting to read Martin but nevertheless an excellent read.

    Yvonne.

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    1. A little different, but I'm happy you still enjoyed.
      Thank you for all of your support.

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  3. Tanka ~ one of my favorite forms!! Yours are stunning. Will never forget my first attempt, and a comment I treasure to this day from a gentleman 'across the pond' who is no longer living. Dave King.

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    1. How I miss Dave. Such a skilled, generous and kind man.

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    2. And another mystery. At the moment I cannot comment at the end of the comment string.
      Some mysteries should be solved, and others savoured.

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    3. Helen, Thank you for leaving your precious comment. To a memory...

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    4. EC, it happens to me. I reload page. It works for me.
      Thank you. I appreciate you finding a way to leave a comment.

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  4. enjoying an evening with two familiar strangers
    The unexplained marvels which wander into our lives
    making our lives even better

    Elements of mystery frighten us usually. It is great that you prefer not to be bothered by such emotions but instead to dismiss them and have fun! Your tanka are brilliant Martin!

    Hank

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    1. Thank you for your words of praise.
      I bet mysteries can really set fire to your imagination.

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  5. The poems are wonderful! Mystery can a be a powerful force in our lives, I'm glad your experience, though different, was enjoyed.

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    1. I get a feeling Lisa likes mysteries.
      Thank you for all the moments.

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  6. You have written some fine tanka here - much enjoyed. Your story is fascinating. I'm inclined to believe that your friends were "pulling your leg" (as the expression goes) though, what would be the point, if they never actually owned up to it. Still ... a fascinating tale.

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    1. Glad you enjoyed the tankas.
      That they pulled our legs crossed my mind, but the mystery is more fun.
      Thank you

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  7. three am restless night
    dreams and reality dance
    tangled linen sheets
    moonlight fades into daylight
    awakening our senses

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    1. Bravo! Someone was inspire.
      Quite a compliment. Thank you

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  8. I enjoyed the tanka, a form new to me. Your Arlene stories are always entertaining, and this one had added mystery. It's always a pleasure to visit here, Martin!

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    1. Your thoughts are very kind and welcome. Thank you.
      Your sites are very enjoyable too.

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  9. A wonderful set of Tanka that's so deeply engrossing. Hmmm...some riddles remain as they are & it's best to leave them that way.

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    1. Can I get an amen for that?
      Thank you. So glad you liked the tankas.

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  10. Enjoyed each of the three and the different feelings evoked by each.

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    1. Thank you for making me feel good making you feel good.

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  11. Wow, that was VERY strange about the two friends who were there/not there. Yikes. The sleep paralysis sounds pretty scary.

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    1. You would have been enthralled by my house before I solved its mysteries.
      Thank you for dropping in.

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  12. I love the idea of settling hours - we so need that interlude

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    1. Thank you. So good to have caught your interest.

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  13. There is a palpable transition from first to last, changing emotions captured very succinctly.

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    1. You noticed! But, of coarse a gifted artist would.
      Thank you for all you do.

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  14. I feel scared going to bed...

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  15. very nice! I was especially drawn to the middle one.

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    1. Nice to see you here.
      Thank you for dropping by.

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  16. I especially love the first two tanka's. Beautiful! Your story about these friends is amazing What a mystery. If it would happen to me it would keep my mind busy for a while that's for sure.

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    1. Thank you for your kind review.
      I find just giving to these moments can be fun.

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  17. Wonderful tankas..great post altogether!

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    1. Thank you. Most gracious of you to say.

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