Light Snow, Week 1: #TankaTuesday

This is the 1st week of the Light Snow (November 22 – December 6) Shosetsu 小雪 Northern Hemisphere & Fine Weather: Shoman 小満 Southern Hemisphere season for Colleen Chesebro’s #TankaTuesday challenge based on the 24 Japanese seasons.

For a kigo word I chose turkey because even though we have spectacular summery weather right now, it is Thanksgiving week–even in Arizona! I decided to try a new to me form, tanka prose. I hope I did it right.


Grateful for Our Blessings

Once again our family will meet for Thanksgiving amidst the beautiful Phoenix weather. How grateful I am that we can be together. There will be ten plus one this time. The “plus one” will be brought by DIL and son . . . and is due in two months (or so).

under bluest skies

with bare arms and cheeks sunkissed

we come together

kids bring turkey and gravy

we offer fixins with love

gray scale photo of a pregnant woman
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71 responses to “Light Snow, Week 1: #TankaTuesday

  1. Marie A Bailey

    I don’t know if you did the form right, but I love what you did with it. Wonderful juxtaposition of the “beautiful Phoenix weather” with Thanksgiving, a holiday usually associated with much cooler weather. Congratulations on the “plus one.” xo

  2. Congratulations on the “plus one”.
    We’ve started a writing group and one of the members is giving vignettes of living in Japan in tanka prose. In her case she starts with a tanka, gives the background in prose, and then another tanka. I’m enjoying them!

    • Oh, I’ll have to remember to try that. Kind of a tanka sandwich hahaha. A writing group sounds fun. How did you all get together, if you don’t mind me asking?
      And thanks on the plus one. It’s getting close, suddenly.

  3. Congratulations on your plus one, very exciting!

  4. Sounds like a lovely holiday. Your kids bring the Turkey? Mine just bring appetites. Happy Thanksgiving, Luanne.

  5. Enjoy the holiday, Luanne

  6. Happy Thanksgiving, Luanne.

  7. Aww…congratulations, Luanne! I’m so happy for you and your family!❤️❤️❤️

  8. I don’t know if it was “right,” but it was great! Congratulations on the plus one! Sounds like the perfect family holiday with everyone pitching in. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, Luanne!

    • Thank you, Eilene! Yes, everyone makes something, although DIL’s contribution is longer in the oven than the rest hahaha. Happy Thanksgiving!!!

  9. Your poem is so full of life and love, hope and blue skies. There’s nothing like an AZ winter. 🙂 Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, Luanne! 🙂

  10. AW, congrats on the upcoming plus one! I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

  11. Happy Thanksgiving, Luanne–and oh, what joyous news about your plus one! So exciting! 💙

  12. I love this, Luanne. She’s bringing something in the over. That’s wonderful I enjoyed this tremendously. I cannot wait for the day when I have something like that to say… until then I wait. Happy Thanksgiving. Grateful for you. xoxo

  13. Luanne, what beautiful tanka prose. Your tanka sounds like the best of summer and fall blended, and how wonderful to expect a grandchild! Everything in this tanka inspires gratitude.

  14. Happy news about the baby! Is this your first grandchild? Enjoy your last Thanksgiving without small kids! 🙂

    • Yup, the first, and getting kind of nervous! Haha, that’s true. The last of a lot of things without a little one around. Happy Thanksgiving, Kate!

  15. Two months will fly by!!! You and the gardener are about to have a blessed 2024!!
    I am thankful for you, your voice, your words, your poetry.
    Happy Thanksgiving!

    • Aw, that is so kind of you! Happy Thanksgiving to you and T and the little ones and the in between ones (haha). Can’t wait to have fun as you two do with the grandbabies.

  16. Congratulations, Luanne! You’re going to be a grandma soon! Your tanka prose is lovely. How fun to have everyone home for Thanksgiving. Much love to you! 🥰

  17. I think it ‘s a wonderful tanka prose! I love your “plus one.”

  18. How wonderful! Congratulations on a new grandbaby (soon.)

  19. Amy

    I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving with the whole family plus one. 🙂

  20. Bee

    Congratulations to the +1 🤗.

  21. Love the fixins! Sounds like a great Thanksgiving.

  22. Wonderful poem! Congratulations on your grandbaby soon to be!

  23. Kerfe

    What Thanksgiving is all about!

  24. we come together

    That’s what it’s all about, Luanne! <3

    I'm excited for your growing family!

    Much love,

  25. Gwen M. Plano

    ‘Fixins with love’ – how perfect. We’re north of you, Luanne, so our world is colder. This is the best time of the year to live in Phoenix. 😊

  26. Congratulations to the plus one in your family. ☺️

  27. It sounds like you had a wonderful Thanksgiving, Luanne. A beautiful poem about the holiday’s true meaning.

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