Tanka No. 3: A Walk in the Trees (4 parts)

trees on a hill

I walked up the hill
Hoping for a glimpse of you.
I didn’t see you
At first. All was trees and sky.
Closing my eyes, I saw you.

Like a flash of light
You appeared in the shadows
behind my closed eyes.
Beckoning me to follow
Beckoning me to trust you

I could not follow.
Nor trust that you knew the way.
Your beautiful eyes
Beseech me, with such longing.
But the promise seemed a lie.

I opened my eyes
Sadness, for what never was
I walked through the trees
Alone, again, without you
On my own path, I’ll find it.