Date Harvesting for #TankaTuesday

Colleen Chesebro has created a new #TankaTuesday challenge based on the 24 Japanese seasons. The season right now is The Autumn Equinox (September 22 – October 7) Shubun 秋分.

My kigo (season) word is date because dates are harvested in Arizona only in the months of September and October. Here is my reverse etheree:


Under the leafy fronds of the date palms

the molasses-rich, honey-sweet fruit

hangs in heavy grape-like bunches.

Pickers with nets try to skim

whole bunches off the tree

without getting spiked

by fierce needles.

These sweet dates

are worth


smiling man holding branch with dates
Photo by Radwan Menzer on


Switching now from autumn to spring, I have an ekphrastic poem up at Visual Verse here: You can see the artwork that inspired it also. Or you can read the poem here (and the link at my name goes to all the poems and stories I’ve had published at this site):


Luanne Castle

Release yourself from heavy
coats and boots of winter,
wiggle the toes and sense the air
scouting your arms and calves.
Consider the mud puddle, slide
the long grass along your tongue.
Sing in response to the sweet-
sweet-sweet of the cardinal.
In darkness imagine your guide,
the moon a bountiful platter
mirroring pink phlox-covered hills
of your imagination. Relieve
your mind of artificial restraints.
Let it loose into the unknown.


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41 responses to “Date Harvesting for #TankaTuesday

  1. Dates. What a fun topic! And your second poem is exquisite!

  2. I didn’t know that about date! Great informational poem!

  3. VJ

    Descriptive and informative. I had not thought about the origin of dates.

  4. Wow, wow, wow! I love both poems. I needed some happy poems. Keep ’em coming!

  5. I love your poems!!! 🙂 Your moon poem is awesome! I also like the date poem…purely wonderful poetry! 🙂

  6. Good job, Luanne. The only image that stopped me in my tracks was sliding the grass along my tongue. I gave myself a finger cut on marsh grasses when I was a child and that image stayed with me. I would never put my tongue on a blade of grass, but you got my attention. Nice poems just the same, even if my tongue is shivering still. Obviously, great imagery!

  7. Luanne, I didn’t know a thing about dates! How interesting. I love your reverse Etheree. You capture so much imagery. Your spring poem is amazing! I love it! Congratulations on Visual Verse. This was their last edition, right? Thanks so much for adding such an interesting kigo word to the list. 🧡

    • Thank you so much, Colleen! Yes, I think they were ending in October, but maybe they said before October? So it was probably the last one. Sad because it’s been a lot of fun!!!

  8. For a moment I thought your post title was “data” harvesting. 😆
    Wonderful poetry, Luanne! 🧡

  9. Wow! Date harvesting sounds like fun, as your poem says! I love the mood of your second poem – so tranquil!

  10. Enjoyed both of these, Luanne!

  11. Interesting! I’ve never thought of how or when dates are harvested.

  12. Your date poem gave me a hankering for those wonderful, sweet fruits. Nature’s candy!

  13. Kerfe

    I especially like the images in the second poem. Joyful!

  14. Hi Luanne, both of these are lovely. I didn’t know dates were prickly.

  15. Beautiful poems, Luanne. You capture both seasons wonderfully.

  16. Luanne,

    This is beautiful, and I do love me some dates! TBH, I’d never really thought about the process of collecting them from the trees!

    Much love,

    • Thank you, David! Are a lot of dates grown in Israel? I know part of Israel is desert and I am imagining they are because of they are grown in the US in more desert-like areas.

  17. D.L. Finn, Author

    Loved both and learned something:)

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