Waiting for Spring – A #Tanka

Welcome to my contribution to my weekly #Tanka Tuesday poetry challenge. This week, I tweaked the prompt word of “clouds” to “shroud,” and I left the word “spring.”

Both words have many connotations. Depending on how you use your synonyms you can alter 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.

The best poetry has layers of meaning.

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Waiting for Spring

Winter winds beckon –
as gray mists shroud the mountain,
nature springs anew.
Just when I think it’s over
Mother Nature throws a blow.

©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 Poetry.com 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.

29 thoughts on “Waiting for Spring – A #Tanka

        1. Ha, Ha! Ron and I are going to do some BBQing for sure. We sat outside the other day and got spring fever. Literally! All that fresh air and we were ready to go to bed at 7 pm! LOL!

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  1. Love it Colleen. Am I late for this week are is it you posting on Friday instead of Tuesday….I have not been writing for a few weeks and completely out of the loop. I will see what I come up with. Your tanka is just lovely, love it so.

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    1. Thank you, Helene. It’s Tuesday. This is just my Tanka for the challenge. 😘❤


  2. Excellent, Colleen. Really tight lines and a compact whole. You have a fine gift for Tanka. Composing Tanka is not coming easily to me. It takes an effort for me to think a poem into being. Haiku, at least the way I write, is a response to an experience and the fun of finding words to express thoughts and feelings. This is my natural mode.

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    1. On Tuesday, you will see that I have changed the challenge to include, Haiku and Haibun. I am excited to expand the poetry challenge. ❤

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  3. Haha! Colleen your fab tanka is so appropriate to the weather we’ve been experiencing here. Spring one day, winter returns the next. I am so ready for spring.

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    1. It has been crazy hot! We’ve been breaking records. Another day of 78 degrees! WOW! Possible rain and snow on Friday. ❤


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