Sacred Ground #Tanka Tuesday

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The soil is charmed, morning-cool, and damp from last night’s dew. Droplets of light embroider a rose’s scarlet petals, and the zucchini by the stone wall lifts its giant green hands to catch the midsummer sun. Warmth drips like a fountain. The trees clap their leaves in approval. I don’t wear gloves and my fingernails are caked with dirt. Today, I’ll plant another batch of wrinkled kale and buttery coreopsis. I’ll pick broccoli and make a bouquet of wild daisies to brighten my kitchen sill. The bees hum a symphony. As I brush my fingers on my jeans, the enchantment of the hallowed earth sustains me for another day.

Despair cannot bind
A spirit to hopelessness
A heart to darkness
When rooted in sacred ground
Consecrated by the Earth



A haibun/tanka for Colleen Chesebro’s #Tanka Tuesday.

We had to use synonyms of Hex and Blessed (enchantment and hallowed)

166 thoughts on “Sacred Ground #Tanka Tuesday

  1. Very natural – excellent imagery. Plus, you included zucchini, which I love!

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  2. Ocean Bream says:

    I felt myself out there as I read this, down to wiping my soil-stained hands on my jeans lol! This post reminds me of my mum, who is always her happiest when out in the garden tending to her plants. Beautiful work, Diana. As always 🙂

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    • I was in the garden this morning, Lenora, getting my hands dirty before the day gets too hot. There is something special about coaxing things to grow and there’s nothing quite like the embrace of Mother Nature. I know how your mum feels. ❤

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  3. Sarah says:

    Wonderfully written, Diana! I can almost smell the earth and all those good things growing from the charmed soil! Nature and gardens always felt like sanctuaries to me but now more than ever and I can tell from your words that it’s the same for you. Be well and take care, my friend! 💚

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    • Yes, now more than ever, Sarah. There’s this strange tension and sadness in the air, and I’m finding that the garden or forest is an instant cure. Thanks for reading, my friend. I’m glad you enjoyed this. 🙂 Get your dose of the outdoors today.

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  4. Dawn D says:

    Beautiful. I wanted to be the fairy sitting on the leaf of the zucchini plant… xo

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    • LOL. My one zucchini plant is gigantic, Dawn. It’s sort of ridiculous. But it’s very happy lifting those giant leaves to the sky. I’m so glad you enjoyed the visit with Mother Nature. Be well, my friend. ❤

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  5. inese says:

    Oh this is so inspiring, Diana. Everything will work out in the end. We are all children of the Earth, we are taken care of.

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  6. Your words are as tranquil and inspiring as ever!

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    • Thank you, Marietta. I’m struggling with the news these days (and our horrible leader makes my brain explode), so Mother Nature has been seeing a lot of me. I hope you’re doing well. Have a great day! 🙂

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  7. Your intensive descriptions made me want to go out somewhere and plant a garden. My parents used to have big gardens. The time I tried it rained and rained and rained until my efforts ended up in a water-filled ditch. I lost heart and we moved. Well written, Diana. 🙂 — Suzanne

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    • Thanks so much for the visit, Suzanne, and for the lovely comment, though I’m sorry your garden attempt was drowned out. We had lots of rain this spring, and I lost a lot of vegetables to slugs! Ugh. But the sun has finally arrived. I hope you’re getting plenty of fresh air and that your health is good. Be well, my friend.


  8. jazzytower says:

    Your descriptions are so vivid. I could feel the sun, smell the earth you were digging in…. And that hum of the bees, one of nature’s tune. I was right there with you. All very well done!


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  9. Hopeful and peaceful. I like it!

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