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It’s the first challenge of March, and Colleen lets us pick our own words!  Synonyms are not necessary but I used them anyway.  I chose Safe and Cherish.

Written as a Haibun/Haiku, my synonyms are Protect and Nourish.

I watched, as Mother Nature decorated the brown grasses, with a crystalline white, fluffy coat. Each branch, of empty tree, was now steadily upholding the frosty layer she had placed upon it. This was her blessing, her way of guarding, and it was her way of readying the earth, for the arrival of spring.  I truly felt this was how it was meant to be.  When she finally ceased, the skies remained a bit overcast, with no moon to brighten the newly fallen flakes, but the sight was luminous.

Come morning, she did not leave us with the gray, clouded skies that she brought the night before, but instead, she left the azure blue of the heavens, and the flight of angels, floating above me. I was fascinated by how she had truly captured my attention and I was enrapt in her spell.

And I continued to watch, as she nourished the hardened ground, by offering her soft heart, the beauty of which she will allow me to envision. I wished to journey outside to behold her charm, but I dare not disturb a work in progress. Instead, I watched through a pane of glass, a true reflection of love.


Winter snows blanket

Like a mother shields her child

Protecting new life



Colleen’s 2019 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 126, “Poet’s Choice of Words”

Haibun/Haiku and Photo ©2019 Dorinda Duclos All Rights Reserved