Land of Auroras
is a selection of 101 of my favourite poems from my previously published collections, The Moment Is Perfect
, Soular Souldier
, Chica del Alba
and Improvisation In Blue
; plus I've added a new one - 'In the Land of Auroras' - to reflect this book's title. I initially planned to only use haikus, parahaikus and other shorter verse - a parahaiku being my own term for a 17 syllable 'haiku' not in the standard Western format of 5-7-5 - but I changed my mind as my actual favourites are my longer poems such as the thematic 'Soular Souldier', 'Chica del Alba' and 'Improvisation In Blue'. Other longer titles in this collection are 'Easter Sunday Shipping Forecast', 'Eres Como Una Luna' ('You Are Like the Moon' or 'Moonlike'), 'Eye of Mandala ~ Wonderway', 'Just the Day Every Way Should Begin', 'Mandarin Morning', 'Summer Never Ends' and 'Graceful In White ~ Waoist Love ~ In the Middle of Our Lovetime Night'. This latter in particular having had an enormously popular reception when reproduced on Facebook as a sample from "The Moment Is Perfect". As a sample from this 'best of' collection, here's another shorter poem which was also aired in The Moment Is Perfect
'First True Love'
I recall meeting my first true love one evening in the rain.
I was 18, she was 16.
As I stepped from the shelter of a shop doorway,
and she stepped from a bus,
our eyes met
and in that glance was both the immediate and the eternal.
She was there only for me - I was there only for her.
Like the rain and the earth - predestined to unite.
The moment was perfect.
© 2014 Chay Tana