For Frank Tassone’s weekly haikai challenge. This week’s theme is ‘rose’. The first cranes flew over this afternoon on their way north.

Photo©Tomeq Zag


Rose, not even bud,

not even leaf,

waits for spring.

The wind is turning,

bringing back the cranes and you.

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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.

23 thoughts on “Tanka”

    1. Thank you! We see far more cranes than geese. I miss the serious orderliness of the geese and their cry that isn’t quite so much like a traffic jam. This video was taken a couple of years ago when we had over four thousand cranes fly over Bordeaux in a single wave. It was spectacular and deafening!

  1. Lovely…
    I have snow on buds…

    My friend actually saw a black immature heron at our library pond last week.
    Though we have some robins that stay all year… I haven’s seen any yet.
    Still about a month for spring to get here.

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