Tanka for the end of the cold

sun melts its butter
on afternoon fields wind blows
still winter sharp
dig deep into warming earth
plant spring unfold summer

For Frank Tassone’s haikai challenge. An afternoon of gardening, clearing and planting. The smell of violets was overpowering.
I cheated a bit. It isn’t cold at all now, but since Ash Wednesday isn’t a thing in these parts…

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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.

44 thoughts on “Tanka for the end of the cold”

      1. The perfume of violets is the best! I’m envious. When you say they are everywhere, is that just in your garden (or do they also grow wild where you are) ?

  1. A lovely poem, Jane. In a couple months we will be enjoying the Spring weather and watching flowers bloom.
    How are you? I’ve been mostly offline for a while. It’s been a crazy year here. We are deep in winter weather right now with lots of snow, beautiful snow. Things are looking up here with our new president, our first shot of the Covid vaccine, our oldest son and his family are on the upside of Covid now and improving each day, and so far, our youngest and his family are all well. Our Josie is back to school (1st grade) and Jordyn is back in preschool. Though they look darling in their masks, I hate they have to spend these wonder-filled years under these circumstances.
    Stay safe, my friend. Hugs.

    1. Thank you, Michelle 🙂 I wondered where you’d gone and glad that you’re weathering the weather and the virus. The climate is very different here and we haven’t had to worry about the cold (except for one freak night when the water pipe froze) but it’s been very wet, loads of rain and flooding. All that seems over though and spring is well under way.
      We have the same virus as you to cope with and had to skip Christmas. There are too many of us from too many possible sources of infection. We saw our eldest and her partner at New Year and the youngest was here for the very extended university holidays and will be back again in ten days for a week or so. Our middle one who has been furloughed is coming over sometime in the next week, but the other two who come in contact with a lot of people are afraid of passing us the virus. We’re not in a priority group so don’t expect to get the vaccine until end of summer, beginning of the autumn.
      Big news though is our eldest is expecting a baby in April. We’ll all be together for that.
      Apart from that, life goes on much as usual. Look after yourself, and if you’ve had the vaccine, you’ll be able to get about more than you have been. Enjoy the spring/summer!

      1. I guess it’s pretty much the same all over the world. We long for the days when we can all be together again, safely. Exciting news! April is a lovely month to welcome a baby into the world. Nothing is greater than grandchildren! Congrats to you and your family!! I expect to hear all about the new one. Do you know if it’s a girl or boy? I’m so excited for you. You know, you’re going to tear up when that precious baby is placed in your arms. It is truly the best gift a child can give his/her parents.
        Stay safe! Hugs.

      2. I never wanted to know the sex of my babies and my daughter doesn’t either. She’s using the same mother and baby book of advice that I had for her, very sensible, common sense stuff. The kind of advice that’s not fashionable any more. They are both very down to earth and they seem to be taking the same attitude that we did—a baby doesn’t need its own room furniture, dozens of outfits toys, gadgets. It needs its mother. Even father is just there to help with the practicalities to begin with. We’ll take it in our stride, I’m sure. It will have four aunts and uncle on our side, an aunt and uncle on partner’s side, three cousins, both sets of grandparents and a great-grandmother. Quite enough attention, I reckon 🙂

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