Roots (Tanka)

For Colleen’s 2019 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 125 #SynonymsOnly Origin & Write, I used Roots & Pen (though to be fair, I was using Pen as a way to enclose, rather than to write…).

Left bare – my roots dried
Below singing her sorrow
Human waste chokes life
She dawns a dress to pen Spring
Disease, it seems, lets it fall


This is one of my own watercolors that inspired me to write, or dare I say to pen?


13 thoughts on “Roots (Tanka)

    1. You are very kind to say! I’ve worked with graphite for years, but watercolor is new and I’m still learning 🙂 I have posted a few that I have painted – I’ve been following Colleen’s guidance on poetry forms and her recent post on Haibun was what challenged me to start using art. I’m slowly challenging myself (though doing a narration like you did is still far in the “I don’t have that sort of courage yet” side). You are right about the tone, I did feel like my theme took a somber stance – rather than just a fun persona of seasons changing. Sad stuff.

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