#TankaTuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 277, #SpecificForm: tanka prose.

This month Colleen has chosen a Tanka Prose as our form to work with this month. I am not too good with this form I need more practice. I have written about my husband struggling with the aftermath of covid .


Another night where sleep eludes us. The cough is so harsh and painful. It racks his being. I cannot sleep , I feel the strain on his body.
Silently I lay still for fear he may of found sleep and I do not want to wake him. Minutes pass I resist the urge to check he’s still breathing and I relax. Suddenly the rasping cough returns and rips the peace asunder.
Finally the dawn creeps through the curtains, he is silent, sleeping. I arise exhausted to face another day.

night shadows enfold
we exist in half life fear
will we ever rest
the covid cough is so cruel
lack of breath day and night tires


This is part of Colleen’s Tuesday Tanka Challenge.

47 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Jane Dougherty
    Jun 14, 2022 @ 14:42:46

    I’m sorry you’re not over it yet 😦


  2. Ritu
    Jun 14, 2022 @ 15:01:19

    Hugs, Sis. I feel the pain πŸ€—πŸ€—


  3. robertawrites235681907
    Jun 14, 2022 @ 16:00:06

    HI Willow, I am sorry to read this. My covid cough also went on and on for weeks.


  4. Dale
    Jun 14, 2022 @ 19:24:48

    I have another friend suffering, too. It was my turn this past March.
    Ugh. No fun.
    Feel better – both of you – soon!


  5. Lauren
    Jun 15, 2022 @ 02:43:17

    Sending prayers for a speedy recovery for you both.


  6. KL Caley
    Jun 15, 2022 @ 05:56:12

    Oh Willow, so sorry to hear this. I hope you recover soon. KL ❀


  7. harmonykentonline
    Jun 15, 2022 @ 09:18:35

    Oh, Willow, I could feel the fear and struggle right with you in your words. Sending you and hubby love. Wonderful Tanka Prose. Hugs πŸ’•πŸ™‚


  8. Colleen Chesebro: WordCraftPoetry
    Jun 15, 2022 @ 17:04:15

    Oh Willow, I’m so sorry to hear your hubby is still suffering from Covid. I pray that he feels better soon. ❀


  9. Emille
    Jun 16, 2022 @ 13:49:55

    Hope this was purely inspiration and not reality! Emille


  10. memadtwo
    Jun 16, 2022 @ 19:43:47

    I hope he heals soon. Nina’s husband is still struggling as well. Sending the best, K.


  11. Anita
    Jun 17, 2022 @ 12:38:55

    Sending prayer for you all.


  12. Poetry Goddess
    Jun 17, 2022 @ 19:39:44

    Things will be ok


  13. kittysverses
    Jun 19, 2022 @ 10:33:06

    I hope both of you get better soon. Take care. πŸ™‚


  14. judeitakali
    Jun 20, 2022 @ 05:52:25

    Poignant and vivid tanka prose, willow. That must have been distressing. I’m glad you made it to another day, and have fount some rest now.


  15. Smorgasbord - Variety is the Spice of Life.
    Jun 20, 2022 @ 11:52:57

    So sorry that you husband is suffering so with this.. and I understand your fears we had a brush with it two years ago and it takes its toll..sending love and hugs β™₯


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