Spring Walk: #TankaTuesday

Colleen at Wordcraft poetry suggested this prompt today: to write a shadorma using 3-5 selected words. Syllable count is 3-5-3-3-7-5. I think I used 8 of the words, but I am writing the poem on my iPad in this post so I can’t go over the word list again.

Spring Walk

This spring month,

not yet hot, cloudy

over rocks

and bushes,

I walk with a book and grapes

and wish spring to last.

I hope you enjoyed that, especially knowing how hot it will get here in Arizona by mid-May. I am lying on my back with this iPad because I am resting my legs. For over ten weeks my right leg has been a monster. Saturday I had an MRI, but I’ve had other tests with no diagnosis or idea of what’s wrong. So why did I write about walking? For one thing, it’s a word on the list. But I can and do like to do light walking with the leg issue. But then I have to rest it. And the leg prefers very limited sitting (at the computer).

Serena Agusto-Cox on Savvy Verse & Wit has written a great review for my Red Riding Hood chapbook Our Wolves: https://savvyverseandwit.com/2023/04/our-wolves-by-luanne-castle.html She argues that the poems are not retellings of Red Riding Hood. Read her review to see what she says they are.

person in red coat in grassfield
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37 responses to “Spring Walk: #TankaTuesday

  1. Nice poem, Luanne, I hope your leg feels better soon.

  2. A Book and grapes. Who could ask for anything mire? Super poem, Luanne.

  3. It probably is a perfect temp there about now, I would guess. Bummer about the leg. I hope you get an accurate diagnosis soon!

    • It’s going to be cool this week, but then it will go up to 90. But right now, I think it’s so nice. As far as the DX goes, ME TOO! Thanks, Eilene.

  4. I enjoyed your spring poem, Luanne. I hope the docs can figure out what’s going with your leg so that it doesn’t give you any more trouble. Congratulations on Serena’s very insightful review of Our Wolves!

  5. Nice poem, Luanne. I hope you get good results about your leg problems. Not fun.

  6. Book and grapes! Such a wonderful combo!

  7. We don’t get grapes here until summer, but I’m looking forward to it! (K)

  8. I love your poem, Luanne, and hope the doctors fix your leg issue so you can enjoy walking freely again.

    Yvette M Calleiro 🙂

  9. Luanne, you really pull me in with the walk with book and grapes.

  10. I enjoyed your poem, Luanne!

    I looked up torn meniscus. Wishing you a full and speedy recovery, and sending healing thoughts your way.

  11. I love the poem! I’m so sorry about your leg. I hope you get a proper diagnosis soon and some relief.

  12. I love walking too, Luanne. Have you tried support hose for your leg? Since I sit so much, I stared wearing the knee-highs and my legs feel so much better. I walk around two+ miles a day on my treadmill. When I lived in Arizona, I was up at 6 am to walk every morning, so I know you must miss it. I hope they find what’s wrong. As we age, we have to try different things to see what works best for us. 💜

  13. This is lovely, Luanne ~ a book and grapes is a wonderful combination!

    Much love,

  14. Hi Luanne, I am so sorry to read about your on-going leg issue. I would have expected the MRI to reveal something. I enjoyed your poem. I didn’t think Wolves was a retelling of Red Riding Hood but rather that Red Riding Hood, a well known children’s story, was a platform for your poetry about life, love, deception, and manipulation.

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