Colleen’s 2020 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 168 #SynonymsOnly

Here are your two words selected by Ruth Scribbles, from last monthโ€™s #SyllablesOnly challenge:

COMFORT & WORN

This week I have taken inspiration from when our eldest was three, he was ill and in hospital. My husband drew a picture of him sleeping in the hospital bed, clutching his beloved blanket.

Ever since he could hold it he was attached to a multicoloured blanket my mother had crocheted for him. First it was a pram blanket, then it moved to the cot finally it was dragged around everywhere. He would not go to bed without it so it had to be washed and dried as quickly as possible amid long and loud protestations!

He truly loved his blanket, sadly two of his cousins, older but not wiser, decided to hide it. We did substitute another blanket my mum had made, which did suffice but was not quite the same. I am happy to say that when he was about eight,and the old friend was only used at bedtime or when ill, went to his first cubs camp, the blanket was reluctantly left behind…he survived and pretty soon the blanket was relinquished. He still smiles if the blanket is mentioned, and he is 47years ๐Ÿ’œ

Below I have included the picture hubby drew in the hospital. Our has his blanket to his nose and a yellow Teddy.

I have written a Haiku in the shortened form of 3/5/3. I think that the shorter version is sometimes more powerful.

Drawn by Hubby.
ยฉ willowdot21 2020

The blanket

Though old and tattered

Brings such peace.

*****

This week, Colleen is looking for Haibun (Prose & Haiku) and Tanka Prose (Prose and Tanka) to use as examples in her book. Colleen is also going through our blogs and leaving us messages of poetry that sheโ€™d like to share in the book. As always, you retain all rights to your work and Colleen will give you credit in the Bibliography. Email her at tankatuesdaypoetry@gmail.com. If she dosenโ€™t answer you right away, please donโ€™t panic. Sheโ€™ll get to all the emails as she continues to compile the examples. Thanks so much for your help.

This is part of Colleen’s Weekly Tuesday Tanka.

18 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Ritu
    Mar 10, 2020 @ 11:38:19

    Beautiful, sis โค

    Reply

  2. bwcarey
    Mar 10, 2020 @ 11:53:54

    great story, the comfort of a reliable friend, hope your day goes great, maybe you will buy him a new blanket for his fiftieth..

    Reply

  3. Pilgrimage Studio
    Mar 10, 2020 @ 13:17:29

    Beautiful ๐Ÿ™‚๐ŸŒŸ๐Ÿ™‚

    Reply

  4. judeitakali
    Mar 10, 2020 @ 17:25:17

    Lovely touching haibun Willow

    Reply

  5. Colleen M. Chesebro
    Mar 11, 2020 @ 01:29:31

    And this is a superb Haibun, Willow. You’ve shared a touching story with an adorable image drawn by your hubby. I especially LOVE your Haiku. Excellent. โค

    Reply

  6. Elizabeth
    Mar 11, 2020 @ 13:20:20

    The best comfort ever!

    Reply

  7. tracikenworth
    Mar 15, 2020 @ 11:10:03

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