Saturday, December 21, 2013

Winter tanka







Outside my window
smoky clouds veil the full moon
        to fading star light     
but snow falls whitening ground
        to a thousand lit candles   


 

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A truck rattles by
salting the road wrapped in frost 
        Above window's edge
        crystals drip slow thin daggers
Morning melts like ice cream cone  



~0~0~

Houses are skull capped
with thin ice crystals  
Trees twist under bed of snow 
    Morning paints everything white   
    but for dead leaves, amber framed - 









Posted for Imaginary Garden for Real Toads - Tanka form
Shared with Poets United

Thanks for the visit ~  Happy Holidays ~

62 comments:

  1. loved this Grace... you met the challenge full on... what you describe I can see out my window... :)

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  2. Wow! Underlying the beauty of Winter is its danger--daggers, scull (caps) and death--but inside the window it lies innocent and glowing.

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    1. Accidents happen during winter Susan ~ Have to be careful ~ Thanks ~

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    2. Back for another read, Grace. This is such a friendly and exciting space. Have a wonderful week, my friend.

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    3. You too Susan ~ Take care ~

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    4. Hey! Oldies but goodies. Love it.

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  3. I love winter Grace! Im a winter person:)

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    1. We should trade places Gloria :-)

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    2. Love your imagery here especially the daggers image.

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  4. I can quite easily believe you think in tanka form when you admire the view from your window. This present winter in all its terrible beauty.

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  5. Gaze at it if you like. But blah I will say, getting more soon at our bay

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    1. Yes, more to come ~ isn't it terrible ~

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  6. Beautiful writing, Grace. We are in for a major snowstorm tomorrow. Sigh. Our snow will be lightening ground to a thousand lit candles indeed. I am not looking forward to this one. I will be hoping the salt trucks you mentioned will be active. I wonder if I will be able to get to my grandchildren's Christmas program with such a 'bed of snow.' Sigh. Merry Christmas to you, Grace.

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    1. Yes, same predictions here ~ Bracing ourselves for a very cold Christmas ~ I hope you can watch the program Mary ~ Merry Christmas to you ~

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  7. I enjoyed seeing the snow from your poetic window, Grace! All the more so as Europe has not had its round of snow yet. Happy Christmas to you!

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    1. Loads of snow and freezing rain here Gabriella ~ Wishing you Merry Christmas too ~

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  8. This is perfect. Crystal clear observation of your surroundings.

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  9. Beautiful tanka with some great imagery. I loved the third one particularly.
    -HA

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  10. I'm cold reading your words. So well done! Lovely images, all.

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  11. " but for dead leaves, amber framed " beautiful description of the photo Grace. Enjoyed all three, we're experiencing the same dreadful beginning to winter.

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  12. Grace, your tanka verses are exquisite and the image ~~ incredible!

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  13. i really like the second one....the day melting like an ice cream cone...in a few lines you really set the scene from the salt truck to the icicles....wish we had a bit of snow...it was hot out today...int eh 70s...i was in shorts and a tshirt playing soccer...ha

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    1. Send some heat over here Brian, smiles ~

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  14. the last one is breathtaking...deadly grip of winter exposed in wonderful imagery...

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  15. So beautiful Grace.."morning melts like ice cream cone" Love that!

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  16. I agree with the morning melts like ice cream cone- a beautiful soft image you have created ~ smiles and thank you Grace. We had 30 deg today and muggy.

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  17. the snow falling to the light of the candles is a beautiful image - also the morning melting like ice cream cone ...hmmm...the trees twisting under their snow bed... i wish we had snow...but it's quite warm and more rainy than snowy...sigh... happy christmas time grace... and thanks for all you do in the pub..

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  18. Beautiful tanka, a realistic picture of what's on the ground now! A grand design for a White Christmas. Great take Grace! Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

    Hank

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  19. I love the imagery of the moon veiled by clouds, lit candles, icicles ... great contrast of warm & chilly winter scenes.

    Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, Grace :)

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  20. Beautiful dear Grace, wishing you joy and peace.

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  21. You have captured winter in beauty and harshness..the first one is my favorite..wishing you a happy holiday.

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  22. ohh, very nice. i especially like that last one. enjoy, Grace!

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  23. A nice splash of amber on a glaring white background. Lovely imagery.

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  24. I loved the ending verse very much, the poem paints a very vivid image in the readers mind. Wish you a very happy holiday Grace. :)

    Best wishes
    Ankita

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  25. what a photo! I especially like the 3rd. Have a good week, Grace ~

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  26. A glimpse of Canadian winter. I see on the news you are being hammered in the east this winter.....the leaves trapped in ice are fantastic! what a shot that was!

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  27. Outside your window is quite wonderful with the images you made me feel with this!

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  28. Beautiful sentiment for this season of gratitude.
    Blesssings Grace!

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  29. we were greeted with a crystal landscape across the ridge yesterday - beautiful images beautifully written - lovely, Grace - wishing you the sweetest of Christmases and the most wonderful of new years - K

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    1. All around us is crystal too ~ Thanks K ~

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  30. Standalone, these are perfection. Together they are a perfect trifecta, Grace. Just beautiful. I just took some similar ice pics today. We're in the midst of an horrendous ice storm. Sad for all the trees damaged, but stunningly beautiful. Wishing you a blessed and bright Christmas, Grace, and a stunning 2014!

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    1. Our tree was damaged as well by ice & wind ~ Thanks for the visit Kim ~

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  31. Born to be warm, I certainly admire the sheer beauty of "real" winter--even its fury is awesome.
    So long as I have access to your sweet word-and-image descriptions, shall not miss it one bit.
    So glad I dropped by today
    Merry Christmas.

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  32. Thank goodness there are no white skull capped houses here! LOL Loved that idea though...

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  33. It has been a long time since i have written Tanka. I do love the form---now the subject matter just made me turn the room heater up Grace.

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  34. beautifully written.....I loved the last line. Thats so deep....

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  35. You are a Tanka artist! Smiles and Merry Christmas to you and yours!
    Gorgeous view

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  36. I don't have anything to add but I just wanted you to know that I liked it and felt at peace throughout the reading.

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  37. I love the idea of morning melting like an ice cream cone.

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  38. Grace, these are beautiful! Quite an image you create with words outside your window! I promise not to complain today when the temperature here starts to drop.

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  39. Oh my gosh, that picture is amazing. You captured the essence of winter in your poem. As always, thank you! Merry Christmas to you and yours!

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  40. Morning melts like ice cream cone - I love this what a amazing line and you have captured this so wonderfully. Have a blessed Christmas.

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  41. merry christmas grace!
    i hope you have a wonderful day with your family

    and thank you,
    for all you do...
    and for you...smiles.

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  42. Wonderful poem, love the descriptions in this, really transports me to that snow scene quite beautifully!!

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