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.
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.