Looking Forward – A Tanka

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone. Cold winds are racing across the foothills on this fine Colorado day. The sky is a pale blue, and a white haze of clouds has crept over the mountains. Ron is working in the kitchen preparing a fabulous meal to commemorate the day. The holidays are hard for me each year, and as I get older, they seem harder to celebrate. Writing helps…

I chose the following words in reply to the prompt words of ‘beginning and thanks,’ for my Tanka this week: for beginning, I used, “set in motion,” and for thanks, I used “grace.”

Bleak lamentations –

bitter winds howling in grief,

autumn’s last hurrah.

Winter snows set in motion

my grace to begin anew.


©Colleen M. Chesebro

Photos: Courtsey of Pixabay.com

I hope your day is filled with much love and happiness… and turkey too!

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Colleen M. Chesebro is a Michigan Poet who loves crafting syllabic poetry, flash fiction, and creative fiction and nonfiction. Colleen sponsors a weekly syllabic poetry challenge, called #TankaTuesday, on wordcraftpoetry.com where participants learn how to write traditional and current forms of syllabic poetry. A published author, Colleen is also an editor of “Word Weaving, a Word Craft Journal of Syllabic Verse, also found on wordcraftpoetry.com. Colleen’s mission is to bring the craft of writing syllabic poetry to anyone who thinks they can’t be a poet. Recently, she created the Double Ennead, a 99-syllable poetry form for the Carrot Ranch literary community at carrotranch.com. Colleen’s poetry has appeared in various anthologies and journals including “Hedgerow-a journal of small poems,” and “Poetry Treasures1 & 2” a collection of poetry from the poet/author guests of Robbie Cheadle on the “Treasuring Poetry” blog series on “Writing to be Read." Colleen published “Word Craft: Prose & Poetry, The Art of Crafting Syllabic Poetry,” which illustrates how to write various syllabic poetry forms used in her Tanka Tuesday challenges; and a collection of poetry, flash fiction, and short stories called, “Fairies, Myths & Magic: A Summer Celebration,” dedicated to the Summer Solstice. She contributed a short story called “The Changeling,” in the “Ghostly Rites Anthology 2020,” published by Plaisted Publishing House. Find Colleen at Word Craft: Prose & Poetry at wordcraftpoetry.com.
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  1. Lovely 🙂 Happy Thanksgiving!

  2. Fabulous! 🌹

  3. Beautiful images and tanka. Happy Thanksgiving!

  4. Happy Thanksgiving, Colleen!

  5. Happy Thanksgiving…

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  7. Nice! Happy Thanksgiving

  8. Just lovely! You are certainly embracing the changes with an open heart and gratitude. <3

    • Awww, Annette. Thanks. I sure am trying. The holidays are trying. I did change the old blog today… that Aries in me needed a change. Thanks for always making me feel better. <3

  9. Autumn last hurrah is lovely image, Colleen it’s good you choosse to write seperate post for your tanka.
    Your imagination is beautiful 🙂

  10. I hope Ron and you had the perfect Thanksgiving Day, Colleen. I hope you’ll reveal what Ron was cooking. I’m sure it was mouthwatering and delicious.
    Hugs to you both.

  11. This made me feel good.

  12. A fine Tanka. I’m sorry your holidays are tinged with sadness. <3

  13. I’m not much of one for holidays either, Colleen. Sending a great big hug.

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