Angel Frost – A #Tanka

Welcome to my contribution to my weekly #Tanka Tuesday poetry challenge. This week, I kept the prompt word “Angel” and changed “devil” to “Lucifer.”

Both words have many connotations. Depending on how you use your synonyms you can modify the meaning of your Tanka poetry in many ways. Don’t be afraid to experiment with synonyms. Sometimes subtle meanings pack the most punch in your poetry. Play with the words for different reactions.

REMEMBER: The best poetry has layers of meaning.

“A poet is a nightingale, who sits in darkness and sings to cheer its own solitude with sweet sounds.”

~ Percy Bysshe Shelley

Please link your #Tanka Poem contribution to my post found here.

Angel Frost

Lucifer’s artwork –
lacy fingered angel frost,
sketched by stinging winds.
Winter’s artistic palate
hiding spring beneath the snow.

©2017 Colleen M. Chesebro


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Published by Colleen M. Chesebro

An avid reader, Colleen M. Chesebro rekindled her love of writing poetry after years spent working in the accounting industry. These days, she loves crafting syllabic poetry, flash fiction, and creative fiction and nonfiction. In addition to poetry books, Chesebro’s publishing career includes participation in various anthologies featuring short stories, flash fiction, and poetry. She’s an avid supporter of her writing community on Word Craft by organizing and sponsoring a weekly syllabic poetry challenge, called #TankaTuesday, where participants experiment with traditional and current forms of Japanese and American syllabic poetry. Chesebro is an assistant editor of The Congress of the Rough Writers Flash Fiction Anthology & Gitty Up Press, a micro-press founded by Charli Mills and Carrot Ranch. In January 2022, Colleen founded Unicorn Cats Publishing Services to assist poets and authors in creating eBooks and print books for publication. In addition, she creates affordable book covers for Kindle and print books. Chesebro lives in the house of her dreams in mid-Michigan surrounded by the Great Lakes with her husband and two (unicorn) cats, Chloe & Sophie.

36 thoughts on “Angel Frost – A #Tanka

  1. I just took a photo in my backyard with the snow falling. Your tanka describes perfectly my thoughts today. Aw! Awaiting to see the canvas beneath the snow!


    1. Nice! Thank you. We had barely a coating of snow this morning. I already have spring fever! ❤


      1. I do too as I hear the humming of snow ploughs. February is the toughest month, I think…thank goodness I have a few winter coats so I can break the monotony 😉

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        1. I’ll say. We have had a dry winter here in Colorado Springs. Not bad for 6000+ Ft. in elevation. The other day it was in the 70’s! I can’t complain. Stay warm and have sweet dreams of spring. ❤


    1. I’ve often heard it called something else… hoar frost! I thought this was a nicer way of saying it. LOL! 😀

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    1. Thank you. I was going for opposites too with the angel and devil idea. I felt winter was death and spring renewal. ❤

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        1. Oh, good thought! See all the layers? I love poetry because it says something different to each person. Excellent!

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