Colors Unfettered #tankatuesday

Boughton, George Henry; The Lady of the Snows; Walker Art Gallery;

Colors Unfettered

demur flowers bloom

a tapestry stitched with spring

colors unfettered

on her chilly weather walks

old man winter cedes the day

It felt marvelous to write poetry once again for Colleen’s #TankaTuesday after months of absence. I love these Ekphrastic challenges. Ekphrastic poetry is written in response to a piece of art. Colleen chose this prompt after seeing it on Rebecca Budd’s blog: Chasing Art.

I wrote a tanka with syllable count 5/7/5/7/7. Here in Oregon, spring may be shy, but she’s on her way, and there’s no stopping her.

To read more responses to the challenge, learn about syllabic poetry, or submit your own poem, stop by Colleen’s blog: Wordcraft Poetry.

180 thoughts on “Colors Unfettered #tankatuesday

  1. Resa says:

    I knew I knew that painting from somewhere. Chasing Art, of course… yay Rebecca.
    Your poem is happily prophetic.
    Thank you!

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    • It’s fun writing poetry for artwork, Resa, because I really have to slow down my brain and explore the piece. What does her expression say and her clothing? What story was the artist telling me? I love that and I feel more connected to the art. So fun! Thanks for the lovely comment, my friend. ❀


  2. She looks cozy with a twinkle of spring in her eye! Great capture Diana! Hugs, C

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    • Thank you! And thanks for all the visits! This was a nice short one. I liked studying the artwork and imagining what the woman was thinking as well as what the artist was trying to convey. πŸ™‚ Happy Wednesday, my friend.

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  3. markbierman says:

    As I look out at our snow covered backyard, I can really appreciate the wonderful imagery of your poem, Diana. Well done!

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  4. Linda Raha says:

    Beautiful! I love this poem! I also enjoyed reading through the comments. The spring tapestry and the winter walk is just lovely…

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  5. Exquisite, Diana. “old man winter cedes the day”–lovely bow to close the poem. ❀️

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  6. S Greene says:

    Beautiful Tanka! I love the imagery that you use throughout the poem. Thank you so much for sharing πŸ₯°

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  7. willowdot21 says:

    I love how you have encased all four seasons in this poem πŸ’œπŸ’œ

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  8. I really, really, really like that last line in particular, Diana!


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  9. Idrees Farooq says:

    What a beautiful tanka! Your words truly capture the essence of spring and the unfettered colors it brings. Your love for Ekphrastic poetry shines through in your writing. Thanks for sharing and participating in Colleen’s #TankaTuesday challenge. Can’t wait to see more of your poems. 🌸

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    • Thanks for the lovely comment, Idrees. I haven’t written for Colleen’s prompts in a long time and it was a joy to do so again! My goal is to participate in the ekphrastic challenges, at least. Have a great day and Happy Writing!

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      • Idrees Farooq says:

        Thank you so much for your kind response! I’m glad to hear that my comment made your day and inspired you to write again. Participating in Colleen’s prompts sounds like a great goal, I’m sure your writing will bring joy to others as well. Have a wonderful day and keep on writing! πŸ“

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  10. a tapestry stitched with spring- beautiful, Diana!

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  11. Sandra Cox says:

    Have a great week, friend.

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  12. I like how your tanka captured spring from the coat and muff, and yet we feel the chill of winter. Happy Sunday, Diana!

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  13. I’m so glad you are writing poetry once again, Diana. I know it makes you happy, and that makes me happy. I always love your interpretation of a prompt; you see what others don’t and write something unexpected. I love it! ❀️

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  14. I can’t believe I almost missed this beautiful poem, Diana! Luckily I scrolled through my emails and found this. Your response to the image was perfect–looking ahead to spring (aren’t we all?), and I learned something new: ekphrastic! Glad you are back to Tanka Tuesday!

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    • I’m so glad you enjoyed the poem, Terri. Writing for a piece of artwork draws me into the details and makes me look at it more deeply, seeking emotion and a story. Yes, I’m looking forward to winter stepping stepping side for spring. Another month and it will be March! Hang in there.

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  15. mydangblog says:

    The tanka and the painting work so beautifully together!

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  16. judeitakali says:

    Love the tanka. it’s excellent.

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  17. Mike U. says:

    A beautiful, enchanting tanka, Diana. Your poetry is brilliant and I hope to see more of it. I never got to experience spring or summer in Oregon (I was there for autumn and winter). I’ll bet it’s gorgeous. I wanted to mention I finally was able to purchase The Necromancer’s Daughter (Kindle version). I’m so excited to dive into it! Hope you’re doing well, my friend! πŸ™‚

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    • Oooh. You started my day with a smile on all counts, Mike. I’m glad you enjoyed the tanka, and I hope to write more poetry now that the new year seems to offer a little breathing room. πŸ™‚ And I hope you enjoy the book! Thank you so much for picking it up and giving it a try. You’re a good friend. ❀

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  18. I love me some poetry 🀀

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