Jane Dougherty Writes

A haibun for Colleen Chesebro’s Tanka Tuesday on the theme of Hard & Soft.


After weeks of cold, sun-teased buds burst in a fountain of white and pink froth, fluttering and bowing in defiance of the wild winds and steely shafts of rain.

Bud-tight blossoming,

at one with the sun, spring-bright

cascades of beauty.

Rain drums and pounds petals into earth, iron-hard after weeks of cold, turning the sarcophagus of winter into the softly luxurious, green-sprouting mud of spring.

Cold earth cedes, coaxed

by delving, trickling runnels,

shoots a rack of green spears.

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