Solstice: #Tanka Tuesday

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Winter dawns, heralded by dreary skies and the sun’s retreat. Wind-whipped rain blusters, casting free the remnants of autumn’s crinkled leaves. Woodland creatures burrow into the roots of things, latent, enduring, and twinkling colors gleam in frost-rimmed windows, a warm false-light to see us through the darkness. Oh, do not despair during these days of dying, for the magic of this wise world welcomes the first day of winter with the return of light.

mornings by moonglow

shadows hushed in shades of blue

twilit afternoons

winter’s darkness shrouds the day

while solstice promises spring


This tanka prose is in response to Colleen’s #TankaTuesday challenge. A “tanka prose” is a piece of prose followed by a tanka with syllable count 5/7/5/7/7. For inspiration, she prompted us to write about any festival or tradition we celebrate during the month of December. Happy Solstice!

177 thoughts on “Solstice: #Tanka Tuesday

  1. Ocean Bream says:

    Your words ‘Oh do not despair during these days of dying for the magic of this wise world welcomes the first day of winter with the return of light’ pierced right through into my heart. I just love your writing. It’s from the soul. I felt the solstice this year. My children were sick and so was I but at midnight when they finally fell into fitful sleep i went outside and we had a starry sky. Really puts a little self into perspective of the grand scheme of things. Solstice does promise spring – you remind me to enjoy the beauty of winter as spring travels ever closer. Simply beautiful 🙂

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  2. Erik says:

    I feel “you” in this poem as I do in all of your writing, Diana. No matter what I’ve read of yours over the years—poetry, essays, novels—I take away a core sense of facing often stark and unpleasant realities for what they are while always painting them on a larger canvas of hope.

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    • What a lovely comment, Erik. I just can’t seem to help slipping some hope in there amidst all the darkness. It goes against the grain not to do so. The days are getting longer by inches and spring is right around the corner (as we’re buried in snow. Lol) And I love that! Happy 2022, my friend. May your hopes become realities. ❤

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  3. Wow. So nicely done….

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  4. olganm says:

    You capture the best image of winter, although it doesn’t look anything like winter here! Thanks for sharing it, Diana! So atmospheric!

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    • I’m glad you enjoyed the poem, Olga. The image reminds me of winter when I was a kid. Where I live now there’s mostly rain. It’s rather gray and drab. Wishing you a wonderful holiday and Happy New Year, my friend. 🙂


  5. Vashti Q says:

    Absolutely beautiful! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!🥰

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  6. Dang! I sometimes forget how much I love and admire your writing.

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    • Thanks so much for swinging by, Mike, and for the wonderful comment. I hope you’re reading for Christmas and wish you a wonderful holiday and new year. And enjoy the return of the light! Happy Solstice!


  7. This is beautiful, Diana! Wishing you and yours a wonderful Christmas and may 2022 bring joy, love, and peace. xo

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  8. Your poem makes the winter romantic, lovely, and positive. Yes, no matter how dark the night is, the promised morning will always come. I’m looking out the window and watched the trees get blown sideways by the first rainstorm. So far, only branches were blown off, laying on the ground on our way to the gym. Hubby made a sudden jerk of the car avoiding them and scared me. I looked at the rain and thought of our juicy oranges from the tree.
    Happy Holidays to you and your family, Diana!

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  9. Diana, this is stunning. I love the promise of “the light returning” that echoes through your words. ❤

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  10. I love the positivity in this poem, Diana. I am not a winter person, I find it very dreary and cold.

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  11. Beautifully done, Diana!! Thanks for sharing!

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  12. Linda Raha says:

    Just beautiful!!! 🙂

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  13. Gorgeous, Diana. ❤

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  14. memadtwo says:

    Enduring…that is the key. (K)

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