Tanka: First cherry blossom

The cherry blossom and the plum blossom is all finished here, just a few late arrivals still retain a few petals. This poem is for Frank Tassone’s weekly challenge, a tanka, a form I find difficult.


Earth turns sunwards,

blossom in its wake,

a wave of pale feathers.

Among trees, lace-white,

foam-frothed, I smell the sea.

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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.

11 thoughts on “Tanka: First cherry blossom”

    1. It takes a special way of looking at things to be able to write these Japanese forms naturally, and I know I haven’t got it. Still, a challenge is a challenge 🙂 You’re lucky to have the blossom to look forward to. I’m trying to identify the trees now that they are coming into leaf. Who knew there were so many varieties?

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