#TankaTuesday, Spring or Winter?

For this week’s #TankaTuesday challenge we’re playing with snyonyms: change & grow are the words. I used metamorphosis for change and rise for grow.

I’ve written a chōka, with the accompaning hanka (a tanka). A nine line chōka is written as 5-7-5-7-5-7-5-7-7 and the tanka is written in the first person as 5-7-5-7-7.

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rise like the phoenix, it's time 
spread your wings and fly
let go of old perceptions
embrace novel thoughts
be fearless, try out new things
feel the new moon shift
remember, the pangs of birth
bring forth new life in the spring

February's glow
with winter winds, warm and mild
springtime might have sprung
gray skies carry rain, no snow
trees have buds—spring's snow drops bloom

© Colleen M. Chesebro

47 thoughts on “#TankaTuesday, Spring or Winter?”

  1. Love it love it, LOVE it.. It really is that time of the rising of the Phoenix and learning to let go of old perceptions and embrace the creative new ones.. And you know I love, love Snowdrops 🙂
    Lovely poems dear Colleen.. ❤ have a beautiful rest of your week.. ❤

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  2. Spring is in the air, Colleen! There are tiny pink buds on the trees where I live plus warmer temps are becoming more frequent. Spring is a time of renewal and we must move forward with new and positive thoughts. 🌷

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  3. I too have seen snowdrops! Too soon? Yes even the silver maples are budding. While I welcome the warmer weather – I am glad to not be in that belt where winter weather disruped power for so many last week.

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    1. Thanks so much, David. I think some of this poetry is written as memos to myself! LOL! I have so much fun with my word witch avatars. Thanks for reading. 🙏🏻💜


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