#Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 228, #Poet’sChoice


Happy JUNE! It’s the first of the month and you know what that means! Word Crafters, choose your own syllabic poetry form, theme, words, images, etc. It’s up to you! This opportunity only happens once a month!

I really just wanted to tell a tale. So I really am not sure if this poem is even allowed. I told it all the same.

Light and dusk

Golden light fractals through the leaves.

Dark brown, of strong Oak woven in the trees.

Motes of  dust dancing in and out,

squirrels collecting nuts, in a hurry here  about!

As she lays there among the leaves,

not missed yet, so far no one grieves.

Dearest Teddy by her side

She only dropped him when she died.

She is tiny, she is small,

Oh! dear God she has hardly lived at all.

Like an angel lying there

with tiny insects running through her hair.

Shafts of dying daylight frame her face,

of her killer there is no trace.

Silent leaves begin to fall

slowly slowly they cover all……………

This is part of Colleen’s Tuesday Tanka.

64 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Brenda Marie Fluharty
    Jun 01, 2021 @ 16:21:35

    It’s a wonderful poem.


  2. Ritu
    Jun 01, 2021 @ 18:07:47

    I think you told a tale well, Sis! 💜


  3. Jules
    Jun 01, 2021 @ 23:24:15

    This reminds me of a movie I saw where two children played together – they didn’t know they were brother and sister, just that they loved each other. Until one of the parents decided they shouldn’t play together anymore. And the little girl drowned herself in a local river due to her broken heart (and her mother then went insane).


  4. Dale
    Jun 02, 2021 @ 01:17:13

    This is hearbreaking, Willow. You told it beautifully, though


  5. Marje @ Kyrosmagica
    Jun 04, 2021 @ 17:44:51

    This is very good Willow and so sad.


  6. Marsha
    Jun 04, 2021 @ 19:53:03

    What a great way to start, “Golden light fractals…” and then the poem explodes into a Niagara of sorrow. A parent’s worst nightmare. Did you see the movie, Lovely Bones? It’s worth seeing. Here’s the trailer. https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=lovely+bones&docid=608053737271001579&mid=FE8A62D1DED484B37A21FE8A62D1DED484B37A21&view=detail&FORM=VIREHT


  7. Colleen M. Chesebro
    Jun 05, 2021 @ 16:58:24

    OMG!!! This would make the best introduction to a murder mystery ever! You wrote this poem as if it was a vision! Wow! Love this, Willow. ❤


  8. judeitakali
    Jun 06, 2021 @ 06:18:28

    Very evocative.


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  10. memadtwo
    Jun 07, 2021 @ 10:20:22

    You set the melancholy tone well. (K)


  11. Smorgasbord - Variety is the Spice of Life.
    Jun 07, 2021 @ 10:28:55

    A dark tale told very well Willow and left with so many questions.. excellent poem hugs Sally


  12. minajean
    Jun 10, 2021 @ 17:16:36

    Sad, but very well done.


  13. Americaoncoffee
    Jun 15, 2021 @ 22:32:36



  14. Lorraine
    Jun 17, 2021 @ 03:21:07

    Yes, there is too much neglect, abuse and misuse of children. I have worried during the pandemic for women and children caught in abusive relationships with no “escape” such as school or work.
    One of the tragedies here has been the separation of children from families at the border, and the treatment/fate of unaccompanied minors who make the perilous trek to the US through Central America and Mexico.
    You poem evokes the sadness of the plight of children around the world.


    • willowdot21
      Jun 17, 2021 @ 05:34:29

      It’s such a sad world full of abuse for many, as you say the pandemic has worsened things and brought many problems to the fore. Thank you for reading 💜.


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