Tanka for a misty morning


Air crackles with blue

behind black branch tracery,

smudged soft with pearl mist.

River heaves, white gull-speckled,

carrying my gaze seaward.


It was a glorious morning, misty but warm and springlike. The river was smooth as a millpond covered in drifts of fallen trees and tangles of  dead branches and creepers lifted by the high tide from the banks, offering the seagulls a free ride part of the way back to the sea.



The Belem is back after a refit at her home port of Nantes, ready to take to the high seas again.



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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.

5 thoughts on “Tanka for a misty morning”

    1. The winter is very short here. We ‘ve already turned the heating off and this afternoon all the doors and windows were open while we did a few hours of gardening. It’s the time of year when the vegetation explodes.

      1. How lovely! Our heat will be off today–it’s supposed to go to 60 F. It will be nice to open the windows. The crocuses are blooming, and some of the spring flowers are starting to emerge. We could still have snow though in March. 😦

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