Brisk autumn mornings –

fog and dew lay summer bare,

while blue sky kisses

paint lacy frost on spent blooms

commencing my day anew.

by Colleen Chesebro

32 thoughts on “Brisk Autumn Mornings – A Tanka

  1. It is funny. When I think of those times coming I try to hold on to summer as strong as possible. But once those mornings come and also the warm afternoons with their special light, I love it!!!

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    1. It has its own special feeling doesn’t it? I love the difference in the seasons. So special. ❤️

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        1. Oh boy! I don’t blame you. Sunny here and in the 70’s. Shhhh… don’t say the “w” word. We get bad ones here in the mountains. ❤️

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    1. Thanks, Vashti. I love the descriptive quality and how the poet brings their emotions into the words. Just heaven! 😀

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  2. Hi Colleen,
    Reading this is magical and inspirational for me to work on my tanka writing 🙂
    I also like to ask you a little thing about grammar. I was reading about subject verb agreement and compound nouns in a sentence. There’s this sentence
    Their feelings and opinions is/are expressed through it.
    Am I right in using are here? I assume feelings and opinions are independent nouns.
    Similarly there’s this sentence

    Film, radio, television, the internet , books, magaxines and newspapers provides/provide us information as well as entertainment.
    I think we need to use provide here?

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    1. I am NOT a grammar expert but I think you should look at the plurals. Have you tried the Grammarly app? You can also set your Word to check some of these grammar issues. I try to listen to how it sounds. That will help you also. Oh, I love the ProWritingAid app. Good luck. ❤️

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    1. English is so confusing. I am not an expert as anyone will attest to. LOL! Look at the plurals. Their goes with are. That and how it sounds spoken out loud. Try the free Grammarly app, Ginger app, or the ProWriting Aid app for more help. ❤️

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        1. I hope that helps. English is confusing to those of us who grew up with it. Too many exceptions. Take care, dear friend. ❤️

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    1. Hi, Viva. Tanka is so expressive because you can incorporate your emotions into it. I love that. ❤️


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