Brisk Autumn Mornings – A Tanka

Brisk autumn mornings –

fog and dew lay summer bare,

while blue sky kisses

paint lacy frost on spent blooms

commencing my day anew.

by Colleen Chesebro

About Colleen M. Chesebro

Colleen M. Chesebro is an American Novelist & Poet who loves writing paranormal fantasy and magical realism, cross-genre fiction, syllabic poetry, and creative nonfiction. She loves all things magical which may mean that she could be experiencing her second childhood—or not. That part of her life hasn’t been fully decided yet. A few years ago, a mystical experience led her to renew her passion for writing and storytelling. These days she resides in the fantasy realm of the Faery Writer where she writes the magical poetry and stories that the fairy nymphs whisper to her in her dreams. Colleen won the “Little and Laugh” Flash Fiction Contest sponsored by the Carrot Ranch Literary Community on November 2017, and in 2018, she won first place for the “Twisted Travel” category. Colleen lives in Arizona with her husband. When she is not writing, Colleen enjoys spending time with her husband. She also loves gardening, reading, and crocheting old-fashioned doilies into works of art. Learn more about Colleen on colleenchesebro.com.
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32 Comments

  1. Beautiful, Colleen. A lovely look a fall.

  2. Your images are wonderful. I like what you do with tanka.

  3. For the first I know it needs to be are but can you explain second for me?

  4. Hi Colleen,
    Reading this is magical and inspirational for me to work on my tanka writing 🙂
    I also like to ask you a little thing about grammar. I was reading about subject verb agreement and compound nouns in a sentence. There’s this sentence
    Their feelings and opinions is/are expressed through it.
    Am I right in using are here? I assume feelings and opinions are independent nouns.
    Similarly there’s this sentence

    Film, radio, television, the internet , books, magaxines and newspapers provides/provide us information as well as entertainment.
    I think we need to use provide here?

    • I am NOT a grammar expert but I think you should look at the plurals. Have you tried the Grammarly app? You can also set your Word to check some of these grammar issues. I try to listen to how it sounds. That will help you also. Oh, I love the ProWritingAid app. Good luck. ❤️

  5. Lovely tanka with great flow and imagery. The picture is beautiful too. 🙂 xx

  6. A lovely description of those early autumn mornings.

  7. Bring on the autumn and spare no one! 🙂

  8. Your Tanka makes me long for and grieve for the warm summer days.

  9. It is funny. When I think of those times coming I try to hold on to summer as strong as possible. But once those mornings come and also the warm afternoons with their special light, I love it!!!

  10. Colleen, this is so beautiful and tender…just perfect.

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