Winter roses

I keep forgetting about this lovely challenge. This tanka, inspired by the words ‘late’ and ‘bloom’ is for Colleen Chesebro. Pop over to her blog and read a few more.


Snow on the roses,

last blooms vie in pure whiteness

with winter beauty;

memories of summer sun,

petals blush in my cold hand.

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Jane Dougherty

I used to do lots of things I didn't much enjoy. Now I am officially a writer. It's what I always wanted to be.

31 thoughts on “Winter roses”

    1. Thanks Merril 🙂 I haven’t worked out why notifications from some blogs I follow only go to the reader and others go to my email inbox. Since the inbox has so many notifications to look at I hardly ever go to the reader.

    1. Thanks Colleen! Yes, the ‘holidays’ are behind us, it’s back to school and try to forget Christmas happened. New Year’s resolution—next year, strictly no Christmas.

      1. Oh, I actually like that name. It’s got such strength to it – pale, unassuming, but with an acidity to it that enhances it power. A rose named this has some leanings toward magic, I might think…

      2. I’m not a fan of commercial roses either. They don’t seem real, and as a general rule they have no scent. Sunflowers are a cash crop down here so they have lost a lot of their attraction for me. When you’re surrounded by whole fields full of them, there’s not much incentive to grow them in your own garden. After old-fashioned roses I love foxgloves and ipomea, nasturtiums and monbretia. Cottage garden plants.

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