My Tanka this week is inspired by a quick pick book I found in my local library – The Lemon Grove by Helen Walsh. It’s a real page turner! I can’t wait to find out what happens in the end….
Here’s the Goodreads Synopsis:
Set on the rugged, mountainous west coast of Mallorca, this taut, sultry, brilliantly paced novel is an urgent meditation on female desire, the vicissitudes of marriage and the allure of youth.
Taking place over the course of one week, The Lemon Grove lands in the heat of Deia, a village on an island off the southeast coast of Spain. Jenn and Greg are on their annual holiday to enjoy languorous, close afternoons by the pool, and relaxed dinners overlooking the rocks. But the equilibrium is upset by the arrival of their teenage daughter, Emma, and her boyfriend, Nathan. Jenn, in her early forties, loves her (older) husband and her (step)daughter and is content with her life, she thinks. But when this beautiful, reckless young man comes into her world, she is caught by a sexual compulsion that she’s seldom felt before. As the lines hotly blur between attraction, desire and obsession, Jenn’s world is thrown into tumult–by Nathan’s side, she could be young and carefree once again, and at this stage in her life, the promise of youth is every bit as seductive as the promise of passion. Jenn struggles between the conflicting pulls of resistance and release, and the events of the next few days have the potential to put lives in jeopardy as the players carry out their roles in this unstoppably sexy and unputdownable novel from a brilliant observer of the human condition.
I cheated a bit this week instead of friend, I opted for lover!!! The door became a gateway…
My second tanka:
To join in the Tanka fun: Colleen Chesebro’s Tanka Tuesday
Bye for now,
Well done, Marje. These Tanka poems go will the chapters of your book I’ve just read. Wow! <3
Definitely the first one goes quite well… thanks Colleen, glad you enjoyed!! xx
I’m back at the editing today… <3
Ohhh, it’s all getting rather exciting!! You’re doing a fabulous job Colleen. xx
I think so too… <3
Love your ‘hot’ tanka, Marje! The book sounds great and the warmth and heat of Mallorca are brilliantly conveyed. I’ll have to look out for this.
Thank you Annika… enjoyed writing some ‘hot’ tanka as you say…!!!! I’m enjoying The Lemon Grove about halfway through, can’t wait to see what the conclusion is.. 🙂
A lot of action in these Tanka Marje
Yes you could say that!! Lol, and you did!
They both turned out well:)
Thank you! 🙂
Beautiful, Marje! Funny, I grew up in a town called Lemon Grove, near San Diego! And yes, there are both lemon and orange groves still there.
Oh, thank you Terri. That’s a coincidence. Glad you enjoyed the Tanka. 🙂
I particularly like the drama in the last two lines of your first tanka: ‘ I must stop…’ Using a novel as a subject is a fun idea 🙂
Thank you Janice, yes it’s fun to use novels as springing boards for topics. 🙂
Hello Marje! I love both Tanka. I’m intrigued by ‘The Lemon Grove’ and I liked how you combined the story and your poetry. Well done. 🙂
Hi. Thanks Vashti. Appreciate your lovely comment. 🙂
It’s my pleasure because it’s true.
Awww you’re making my day! Xxx