The children both sit On the banks of Beaver Creek Grasping at crawfish That slip between their fingers Like these days I strive to hold
These towering oak Form a timber cathedral Where sparrow and wren In joyful ardor call me To join their morning chorus Written as part of Colleen’s 2020 Weekly #tanka challege. This week, the poem had to incorporate synonyms for love and harmony: https://colleenchesebro.com/2020/02/11/colleens-2020-weekly-tanka-tuesday-poetry-challenge-no-164-synonymsonly/
Dusk settling On Dead Woman’s Pond – Water Fowl Hidden by the reeds Bid the sun farewell This is the bridge just in front of the pond known as “Dead Woman’s Pond” at Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge in Texas. You can read more about Dead Woman’s Pond and the Haller’s Haven Trail here: https://www.friendsofhagerman.com/Haller
The grey underbrush Between these hackberry trees Hides a cardinal – The sudden beat of its wings A sign of life in winter
Dear leopard gecko Scurrying across the wall Beware the black cat Who paces in the stairwell Swishing her tail to and fro
On the riverbank A broad-banded water snake And a pale green leaf That blows into a puddle Created by the spring rains
A flock of mud hens Glides across the murky pond Do they plunge their heads Beneath the water’s surface To escape the constant noise?