Invisible Gifts

Pixabay image by Barbara A. Lane

This is my last post for a few weeks as I sign off for the holidays. I wish you all a happy holiday season filled with peace, love, and good health. May we have a new year full of kindness and hope. ❤

This poem is in response to the image Colleen Chesebro provided for her #Tanka Tuesday Challenge. The poem is a garland cinquain.

Bow Down

Bow down

to winter’s wheel

when sacred smoke ascends

blends in the hushed whiteness of breath



gather our dreams

life’s unspoken secrets

tales of longing words of solace


our eyes

cannot behold

the warp and weft of love

nor peace and bliss, a swallow’s song

a chant

our hands

cannot unwrap

whispers of forgiveness

a prayer in a child’s heart

a hope

in grace

we surrender

to winter’s darkest night

the gifts of the invisible


bow down

gather our dreams

the weft and weave of love

a prayer in a child’s heart


200 thoughts on “Invisible Gifts

  1. Sarah says:

    Beautiful and mesmerising tanka, Diana! Enjoy your holiday break! 💕

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  2. kingjames52 says:

    That was inspirational

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    • Thank you so much for taking the time to read. The image was an inspiring prompt for a winter poem. Have a wonderful weekend and stay safe. 🙂

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      • kingjames52 says:

        Your welcome 🙏 in my chrome browser it says my site don’t exist I want to register it never mind my e-wallet balance is tied to a domain that’s for sale for $300 a year I am an attention disorder because I was in a coma and 11 days in a car accident years ago! Maybe my settings are getting fixed finally

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  3. equipsblog says:

    This contemplative poem breathes the air of gentleness and peace into the mist rising from a cooling pond or the soft steam from a comforting cup of steeping tea. Lovely.


  4. This poem has all the right feels for me! It’s gentle and wise. “blends in the hushed whiteness of breath”. That interior experience of the dark Solstice is illuminated for me with your poem. Happy New Year 🎊 Diana! I hope this year feels kinder to all of us 🌸💕 and, I am so grateful to have “met” you in 2021 on WP. I am thoroughly enjoying your book, “The Sorcerer’s Garden” !

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    • Thanks you for the lovely comment, Ka. You had me smiling from beginning to end. Winter makes me feel reflective and humble, and I love that the light starts its return at the start of winter, not the end. Well planned! Have a wonderful 2021 full of good health, peace, and joy. ❤

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  5. How beautiful. May we bow down to the wonders of this world, this world that is warning us – TAKE CARE OF ME AND OF EACH OTHER!. May we bow away from arrogance and unkindness, and bring in compassion, hope, and love for 2021. ❤

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  6. Dalo 2013 says:

    A beautifully scripted poem to end this year on a note of hope and happiness. This year taught us all a little humility in a sense, and your last stanza is exactly the feeling I have as the new year comes more into view: “bow down, gather our dreams, the weft and weave of love, a prayer in a child’s heart, renewed.” The sense of something better up ahead is what this holiday has brought to many of us despite the difficulty of the year. Take care, Diana, and wish you health and happiness in ’21.

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    • Thank you so much for the lovely comment, Dalo. We’re going to have a few difficult months ahead, but there is light at the end of the darkness – as our beautiful planet reminds us. And I do hope that we’ve learned a few valuable lessons along the way. It would be wonderful after all this loss to come through it as kinder, more compassionate world. Wishing you a wonderful new year. ❤


  7. Beautifully written 🙂

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  8. ayalublog says:

    Wow…lovely 😀 …Merry Christmas and Happy new year 😀

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  9. Gibberish says:

    Absolutely beautiful and ethereal 💗💞

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  10. DutchIl says:

    Thank you for sharing!.. hope you and yours are having a wonderful holiday in spite of life’s challenges and have a very Merry Christmas filled with love and happiness!!.. 🙂

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  11. Nisha says:

    Lovely ! Wish you a very happy holidays!

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  12. markbierman says:

    Beautiful poem! Have a Merry Christmas!

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  13. Wish you merry christmas 🎅
    and a great 🆕 year ahead!
    Happy holidays…

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  14. […] my garland cinquain offered as a soulful gift for the solstice and Christmas. Thank you to Diana at Myths of the Mirror and Colleen at Word Craft Poetry for the inspiration to try a new poetry form. I will likely take a […]

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  15. Your poem brought tears to my eyes. It’s stunning and powerful and and ‘the gifts of the invisible’ took my breath away. Wow. What beauty. I wish you a wonderful and happy Christmas, Diana, and oodles and oodles of magic and love. Take good care of yourself. Big hug from me. ❤️🎄☃️

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  16. Wishing you and your family a peaceful Christmas, Diana

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  17. Vashti Q says:

    Gorgeous poem, Diana! I was lost in the imagery. Stay warm and healthy. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! ❤ xo

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  18. Jennie says:

    This is just beautiful! Merry Christmas, Diana.

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  19. I think you’ve outdone yourself… Lovely poem, and such deep and beautiful words to treasure while we rest at the changing of the seasons. Happy Holidays, Diana!

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  20. I appreciate the idea expressed in your lovely poem, of bowing down, humbling ourselves to receive the gifts we truly need. I hope you enjoy your holiday, and I’ll look forward to “seeing” you in the new year!

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  21. Jan Sikes says:

    What a beautiful poem, Diana! Thank you for sharing. Merry Christmas to you and yours!!

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  22. Ann Coleman says:

    Happy holidays to you too! And enjoy your break…

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  23. Widdershins says:

    Back at’cha, m’dear. 🙂

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  24. cath says:

    Delightful. Best festive wishes. I hope you have lovely hols. 🙂

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  25. Beautiful poem, Diana. Such a gift to share with us. Thank you. 🙂 Christmas blessings to you and yours across the miles. xo

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  26. Meg says:

    A lovely, heartfelt poem – just beautiful. Happy Holidays to you Diana!

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  27. Lovely poem. Have a happy holiday.

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  28. Teri Polen says:

    Wishing you and your family very happy holidays, Diana!

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  29. Lovely, Diana. Happy Holidays. 🙂 — Suzanne

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  30. judeitakali says:

    Beautiful. Happy happy holidays Diana. You’ll be missed

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  31. Louise Brady, Author says:

    Beautiful ❤ Happy holidays 🙂

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  32. jomz says:

    Thanks for this, Happy Holidays, and stay safe!

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