Spring Blooms: Tanka

In February, spring comes temporarily to New Jersey, and we rejoice to see yellow and purple crocuses open to the light. In Florida, families bury their dead, while youthful hearts, watered with blood, swell and join together to cry out against the darkness.


Rising above ground

bulbs thrust tendrils to surface,

seeking warmth and light


we gather, remembering

seeds of kindness, blooms of love


This is for Colleen’s Tanka Tuesday. Colleen asked us to use synonyms for breakthrough and movement.  I don’t know if a Haibun can include a tanka instead of a haiku. So this is either a Haibun or a tanka with a poetic introduction. Maybe someone can let me know. 🙂

I’m also linking this to Open Link Night at dVerse.





Spring Waltz: Tanka


leaves of yellow-green,

bursting clouds of pink and white

awakened from sleep

spring arrives, a twirling waltz

pastel blooms dancing in joy



Ralph Todd , Public Domain, via Wikipedia Commons

There’s still snow on the ground here, but it’s melting. This poem is a wish for Colleen Chesebro’s weekly tanka challenge. The prompt words were clouds and spring.