Tanka Tuesday: Celebrate & Number

A butterfly cinquain for Colleen’s Tanka Tuesday.



the years that pass,

we look back with regret

at happiness fading like old


Birds fly against the light, asking

only to live each day—

they salute the


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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.

16 thoughts on “Tanka Tuesday: Celebrate & Number”

  1. One of the great benefits of being human is that our minds can travel through time both backwards and forwards. Nicholas Humphrey believes this is at the heart of civilisation , sadly he also suggests it is the origin of the fear of death, and here you have it in poetic form.

    1. I did read somewhere that we are the only animals that fear death by anticipation. Animals can’t imagine death. I’m not sure where the evidence for that comes from. Why do they run away if it’s not fear of being killed? Or is that not the same notion?

      1. That is a different notion since death is imminent. You could not write or read prose or poetry if you were not human , we have to make the most of how we are constructed , we cannot escape from ourselves.

  2. I like the comparison between the passing of time and the birds flying by without a care in the world. This poem really makes you think. Excellent connections, Jane. ❤

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