Tanka: Stark & Trap

Colleen is back after her month long writing marathon with a new Tanka Tuesday prompt, synonyms only this time.


Trees, bare, indistinct

through the mist, stand ghost-pale, still;

chill hangs in the air.

In this valley, fog grips in

cold coils—I forget summer.


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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.

15 thoughts on “Tanka: Stark & Trap”

    1. At present there’s a cat lurking. I don’t know where it comes from but it’s often in this field, chasing small rodents. The kestrel is sitting, as usual, on the telegraph wire, watching. It will be interesting to see what happens if the cat stirs up a little critter.

  1. I like how the perspective changes from being the observer to being the participant. How how ‘wild’ nature is. It silently invokes helplessness against the power of nature.

    1. Thank you. It’s ambivalent. We’re helpless when nature flexes her muscles, like an earthquake, but we nibble way at the edges, creating havoc with biodiversity and the climate.

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