The Cruelest Month: Tanka, NaPoWriMo, Day 4

To Persephone

daffodils pay bright homage,

echoing the sun,

the golden rays breed passion,

love and hate rise up


white buds burst open,

spring no longer a maiden

swells with fruitfulness

till her petals wilt and fall

covering the blood-soaked ground.


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napo2018button2.pngThis double tanka is for Colleen’s Tanka Tuesday, using synonyms for grow and honor. This is also for NaNoWriMo. This may or may not fit the prompt.




41 thoughts on “The Cruelest Month: Tanka, NaPoWriMo, Day 4

  1. Excellent double Tanka with a Spring theme. Historically, most wars started in Spring (April is the month ruled by Mars – the War God). I sensed some of that history from your words. Excellent!! ❤

      • I couldn’t bear it. No WONDER April is cruel! I was just telling someone the other day that I don’t miss spring until it’s almost summer. Why? Because of the muddy ground, dirty snow melting, the look of the grass when it’s first uncovered from the last snow, all that stuff. But I do miss northern falls and Michigan summers!

      • We don’t really have the mud season here so much, or much of the dirty snow, so I love seeing spring emerging–BUT we’re supposed to get rain/snow on Saturday. UGHHHHH!

  2. I would echo Jane’s comment, too. April is indeed cruel to some degree this year. Snow predicted for Saturday. Maybe April is just insane. 🙂

    • Oh–perhaps you’re right, Robin–insane!
      I know what’s up with snow on Saturday. We just rescheduled our family dinner because I didn’t want to risk having my mom slip on ice.

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  4. Spring does seem to have that double edge. Perfect title. Hard not to consider how we might be in a different place if MLK were still among us to give us a moral compass. (K)

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