November’s cold winds are blowing here in Michigan. This is our first November here, but if it’s anything like Wisconsin (it is) you can bet we will have snow sooner than later!

I started working on this reverse cinquain for #TankaTuesday and the words to the song, The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald, kept pushing into my brain. That song was a big hit when I was in high school, many moons ago. It’s funny how songs trigger memories that seem to haunt you.

Photo by Ben Mack on

“The Winds of November”

cold winds 
blow from the north like a late train
blew through number thirteen
snowflakes freefall
drifts build

clocks turn
backward into winter sunshine
dawn's light shakes o'er the lake
afternoons dim

November gales produce
cold noses and red cheeks
get ready for

© Colleen M. Chesebro

On a side note, I’ve had various Mac and WordPress updates lately that seem to have made the print harder to read on the blogs. WordPress offers mostly themes with gray print or such light print that I can’t read anymore. I can make the font bigger through the Firefox browser and that does help, but not all the way. After almost eight years of blogging, you’d think the themes would have improved. 🙄🤦🏼‍♀️

I’m playing with some different versions to see which are easiest on the eyes. The darker colors (like dark mode on my Mac) really help. I’ve noticed many of you have changed your backgrounds to different colors as well.

Did you know that the dozen or so new WP themes do not feature side widgets? I can maneuver into one of those and I might have to. That would require readers to find the widgets at the bottom of the page. I don’t know about you, but I look at the widgets on people’s blogs. Do you?

Anyone else having a hard time reading or is it just me?