Spring is acoming in

An etheree for Colleen Chesebro’s Tanka Tuesday.

The NaPoWriMo prompt is to write a poem based on questions, ending with a further question, leaving the debate open. Since I wrote a question poem yesterday, and the etheree for Colleen’s challenge also poses a question, I think this double version will do for both prompts. Maybe tomorrow I’ll have some answers.


How many times have these wide skies clouded,

cold wind risen bringing sheets of rain?

Spring marches, shod in mud, bearing

spears of green and leaf banners.

When petal storms strew white

the meadow, blackbirds

sing the louder,

calling back

the new


Will spears

and pennons,

in wild flutter,

toss their raw thrustings

to the spring breeze and wave

white blossom banners of peace

and plenty? Or will this one be

the year the earth closes iron fist

and turns her wounded face to the dark void?


Red berry, red planet

A double etheree for Colleen’s free word choice syllabic poetry challenge.


I wander lonely, not as a cloud

with billows of company, crowds

of water wisps and bird wings,

but as only I can,

no touch but the wind,

beneath my feet

damp grass, lush,

hushed green



around, spreads

a vastness—touch

a red berry, Mars—

sky enfolds this capsule

of bright woven life-tangle,

where each destiny walks alone;

we reach for stars to find only thorns.