AnElephantCant explain it
The older he gets the more he learns
So one more time
He knocks out a wee rhyme
In the knowledge he can never write poetry quite like Robert Burns
AnElephant enjoys this challenge hosted by his friend Al.
He asks both his loyal readers to take a moment to check out this page to see some superb interpretations of the Japanese Haibun, a literary form which explores the relationship between the human experience and nature.
For this week’s challenge AnElephant chooses the quote:
“Gathering her brows like gathering storm, Nursing her wrath to keep it warm.”
Tam o’ Shanter
The quote comes from Robert Burns’ poem Tam o’ Shanter and describes, quite succinctly, the mood of the eponymous protagonist’s wife as she once again waits for his late return from market day in 18th Century Ayr, the local market town.
Tam, of course, is well-deserving of her ire, spending yet another evening in the company of his friend Souter Johnny.
But the poem comes to life as Tam finally mounts Meg, his gray mare, and heads for home.
His route takes him past Alloway Auld Kirk, an old church only minutes from Burns’ birthplace.
Here he sees warlocks and witches dancing, with Old Nick himself in attendance!
Tam foolishly reveals himself to the dancers and is chased by one particularly exuberant witch who grabs hold of Meg’s tail just as she reaches the Auld Brig – old bridge – over the River Doon.
Witches, of course, cannot cross running water, so Tam escapes at the cost of poor Meg’s tail!
reality and fantasy
perhaps are separated
by only a stream of thought
The above image comes courtesy of the Alexandria Burns Club in Scotland, from whom permission has been requested.