Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challenge NO. 109, Happy November – “Poets Choice of Words”

It’s the first Tuesday this month and as per Colleen Chesebro of The Fairy Whisperer’s rules I am choosing Red and White to use Synonymously.

Rules for Colleen’s Tuesday Tanka Challenge

Oh! Crimson as blood

Mixed with pure as driven snow

Late Autumn, still grow

The birds will eat the berries

How long will the roses last.


33 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Colleen Chesebro
    Nov 06, 2018 @ 15:26:30

    Oh, that is just splendid, Willow. What a beautiful rose! What are the red berries? The harsh mountain winds have stripped all our trees bare and the bite in the air means winter is closer than autumn! ❤


    • willowdot21
      Nov 06, 2018 @ 15:30:29

      Hi Colleen, those are Rowan berries, we have loads which is an indicator of a harsh winter to come. The rose is over 40 years old and blooms, each season even in winter. I took the photo this morning. 💜💜


      • Colleen Chesebro
        Nov 06, 2018 @ 16:12:13

        Willow, the Rowan (I had to look it up :D) is a mountain ash here in the states! One of my favorite trees. The berries are so beautiful. The Rowan has magical properties and when mixed with a rose, well you can be sure that the faeries check in there regularly! ❤

      • willowdot21
        Nov 06, 2018 @ 16:14:36

        A mountain ash, that sounds exotic. I am glad to hear that fairies will visit …I could do with their help ! 💜💜

      • Colleen Chesebro
        Nov 06, 2018 @ 16:29:10

        LOL! Milk and honey brings their blessings. ❤

      • willowdot21
        Nov 06, 2018 @ 16:30:05

        Really 😉

  2. Ritu
    Nov 06, 2018 @ 16:10:16

    I love this sis!! 💜


  3. robertawrites235681907
    Nov 06, 2018 @ 16:22:31

    Most intriguing poem, Willow


  4. Lynz Real Cooking
    Nov 06, 2018 @ 18:04:50



  5. Miriam Hurdle
    Nov 07, 2018 @ 04:00:13

    I love the poem as well as the photo, Willow. ❤


  6. H.R.R. Gorman
    Nov 07, 2018 @ 13:20:37

    I enjoyed seeing how you incorporated fall without mentioning leaves! A refreshing tanka this week. 🙂


  7. jazzytower
    Nov 07, 2018 @ 18:34:18

    It was interesting to hear that those berries mean a harsher winter. Mother nature does have her say in the most interesting ways. A nice write Willow.



  8. Betty Hayes Albright
    Nov 09, 2018 @ 02:16:44

    Just lovely, Willow! (I love the photo as well.) 💞💞


  9. Vashti Q
    Nov 16, 2018 @ 15:12:28

    Hello Willow! Lovely Tanka! I hope your beautiful roses outlast the birds. 🙂 xo


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