Snow Child #Tanka Tuesday

Illustration by John Bauer via Pixabay

I had the great honor of choosing the image for Colleen’s syllabic poetry challenge this week. So, of course, I had to play.

This is a crown cinquain. Each of the five stanzas has five lines of 2/4/6/8/2 syllables.

Snow Child

Winter

frees her fair hair

hushed in her reflection

by the sparrow’s river she kneels

entranced

she wills

doves to gather

on the night’s bare branches

as autumn yields its golden crown

to cold

she weaves

her white tresses

into lace coverlets

unfurls across the towhee’s nest

her gift

magic

silvers the boughs

stirred by the horned owl’s wing

in flight between the evergreen

she waits

snow child

whispers a hymn

rapt by her own beauty

tranquil in the holy dawn of

winter

114 thoughts on “Snow Child #Tanka Tuesday

  1. Meramolin B. says:

    beautiful image, beautiful tanka. 😍💕
    check this out https://littlethings001.wordpress.com/2020/11/26/dearest-elise/
    thanks.

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  2. Diana, this is amazing! Your magical words brought this image to life. Thanks so much for playing along. LOVE this! ❤

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  3. A beautiful poem! Almost as if you picked the picture for it, not the other way around!

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  4. areilly88 says:

    Finally getting to visit and enjoyed this so much. Thank you!

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  5. Jay Bleu says:

    Wow what a story…

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  6. judeitakali says:

    Absolutely gorgeous 😍

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  7. Absolutely beautiful Diana, both the image and the words.. a lovely crown cinquain ♥

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  8. Sarah says:

    Oh! This is so beautiful, Diana! I feel like I’ve opened a door to a wintery wonderland reading your poem!! ❤❄☃

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  9. This is so beautifully written, Diana.

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  10. Teri Polen says:

    Perfect for the image. You certainly have an amazing talent for putting words together, Diana!

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  11. Dalo 2013 says:

    Beautiful poem, your words fully woven to match the scene of this picture, Diana, well done.

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  12. Beautiful. And so cool to see a picture made from a painter from my country 😊🇸🇪

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  13. […] you Colleen and Diana for choosing this compelling image that instantly pulled me into this […]

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  14. Diana that gave me goosebumps. I could feel a breeze portending snow. (Quite a feat for you since it’s 77 degrees right now! LOL) I continue to marvel at your talent with this kind of thing. My head hurts just considering trying, let alone actually sitting down to do it. o_O
    Thank you for sharing this beautiful piece with us. Hugs on the wing.

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  15. Great selection of the artistic image and the picturesque crown cinquain depicting a beautiful progression. Absolutely lovely, Diana!

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  16. dgkaye says:

    Fab photo offering so many interpretations. Of course you wrote a beautiful cinquain to go with it. Congrats Diana. I hope to hop on! ❤

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  17. balroop2013 says:

    The image has many interpretations but your imagination is superb Diana! Snow child… probably this child is just preparing for snow but you were already there! No wonder you write perfect fantasy! Outstanding poem.

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  18. Serene and marvelous poem, Diana and what an amazing picture. Too mysterious for the snow child. Lovely post.

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  19. memadtwo says:

    I love especially the owl stanza. Magic. (K)

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  20. Truly lovely, Diana. It fits the picture perfectly. Stay safe. 🙂 — Suzanne

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  21. what a great capture of feeling and emotions with your great photo pic and poem Diana!
    Nice job!✨✨✨✨✨❤️ Cindy

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  22. Clanmother says:

    You have captured the spirit of winter. You reminded me of my life in Northern Manitoba where night reigned in winter and the auroral borealis would come out to play, as children do on a sandy beach. Poignant and joyful at the same time, Diana.

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    • Thanks so much for the beautiful comment, Rebecca. I love the feel of the northern woods just as the first snowfall filters lightly through the trees. It’s so quiet and magical. I’m glad the poem brought back some wonderful memories. Yay. Have a happy, healthy day, my friend.

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  23. The fourth stanza gave me goosebumps- love this!

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  24. Tessa says:

    I love the image and I could totally see the poem being a part of a larger fantasy story 🤔. Lovely. Takes me away into the world of the image.

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  25. Powerful poetry here, Diana!

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  26. You are such a talented writer, Diana. Your stories and poems always take me on a journey to another world. I love the photo selection and the beautiful poem you wrote to accompany it!

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  27. Both the image and your words are haunting. Beautiful. Truly lovely job 🙂

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  28. I love your extended metaphor for the coming of winter. For me, there are echoes of one of my favorite fairy tales, “The Snow Queen.”

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  29. That is beautiful. I couldn’t help but think that she didn’t get cold, like wolves. And that carried me a whole new direction.

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    • I love your comment, Jacqui. No, she doesn’t get cold. That was my impression too. Can winter experience cold? Thanks so much for stopping by to read, my friend.
      AND thank you for the reviews! I saw them on Amazon this morning. You gave me a huge smile. 😀

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  30. trentpmcd says:

    Very nice. I noticed that the snow child, dancing in the cold air on that winter’s evening, is with a different bird in each stanza. Must be her feathery-fine hair…

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  31. So beautiful, Diana. ❤️

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  32. Steven Baird says:

    Beautiful accompaniments, one to the other. There’s true poetry in your soul, Diana. 🙂

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  33. J.D. Riso says:

    The photo and words are so haunting, but also innocent. Beautiful work as always.🕯

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  34. D.L. Finn, Author says:

    You picked an amazing picture, Diana:) Your poem is beautiful. I love that you made it a snow theme, it really fit. The images reminded me of our current moment right before winter as the storm hits.

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    • Thanks so much for the kind comment, Denise. There isn’t much snow in the picture. LOL. But I was thinking of the darkness just before the first flakes fall. We don’t get much winter, but when it comes, it’s beautiful.

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  35. Ocean Bream says:

    Diana, you spin pure magical beauty with your words. I can’t even see words, just imagery. You truly have a gift for this. I love this piece. My favourite part is: “she wills

    doves to gather

    on the night’s bare branches

    as autumn yields its golden crown

    to cold”. Simply divine ❤

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  36. Steve Tanham says:

    Beautiful, Diana.

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  37. Lovely, lovely, lovely.

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  38. Oh, my gosh! Exquisite words and image.

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  39. Beautiful! I especially love the third stanza with the towhee’s nest. Have you read The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey? Highly recommend it, and perfect for the season, I think.

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  40. Lovely image and tanka Diana! I hope my muse returns.

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