Happy New Year everybody! It’s time for #TankaTuesday. Back by popular demand, our first poetry challenge of 2023 is to write our poem by selecting synonyms for the two words “new & experience.” We can’t use the two words—synonyms only.

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Winter’s Folly

dewy
morning drizzle
changes to white snowflakes
aimless in liminal spaces
melted
a test
of perseverance, to withstand
winter's weather folly
when the birds think
it's spring


© Colleen M. Chesebro

44 thoughts on “Winter’s Folly, mirror cinquain

  1. Okay, I’ll try this again… I’m experiencing techy difficulties today. :/
    Your cinquain is a perfect narrative of this time of year. 🙂

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  2. Mother Nature’s Folly is Man’s interferences 😉 but Mother I know has got this!..
    Excellent poetry Colleen.. And a very Happy New Year to you too my friend ❤ Keep warm and snug… ❤

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  3. Winter reared its ugly head in my neck of the woods a week ago with temps at 9 F and windchill at -10 F. Now, we have chilly but spring-like weather. Mom nature can be very confusing. Your cinquain expresses the weather trend perfectly.🧡 💛 💚 💙

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  4. With some of the higher temps we’ve had some trees look like they are budding. And the squirrels seem frisky too! But winter isn’t over yet!!

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  5. I like that. I feel for the birds when it’s been freezing and rainy. The park was filled with robins, dozens, yesterday though. Do they know something, or will they be sorry? The worst snow I’d had living here (since 2011) was in mid-January.

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    1. It’s strange weather for sure. Another poet shared a photo of snow drops blooming in her part of the U.K. I hear Europe is having the warmest January on record!

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  6. Sometimes birds and buds get a little confused, don’t they? Those strange winter days keep up tied up in magic. Beautiful poem, Colleen, and I love the image you chose to go with it. ❤

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    1. Thanks, Diana. The weather is so strange this year. You guys have all the snow out west, and Michigan… well, we have gray skies. I won’t complain. It’s not bitter cold and I don’t have to shovel snow. LOL!

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  7. I liked especially the final line. When the birds thinking it’s spring. Climate change has that effect on the fauna and flora.

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