Saturday, December 21, 2013

Embrace


embrace me, winter
with a cotton-soft blanket,
teach me resilience-
how does the oak tree stand still,
baring her soul to the sky?


Today, December 21st, is the winter solstice. And so winter begins in all its glory as well as challenges. Let's hope we can embrace it with the same grace as nature. This poem is a tanka, posted for the Sunday Mini-Challenge at the Imaginary Garden With Real Toads. Also sharing with Poets United and The View From Right Here
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Wishing everyone a wonderful Holiday Season!

41 comments:

  1. nice turn in those last two lines to make us think...
    it was a heating blanket today...in the 70s....

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  2. How indeed? Throwing off the blanket too!
    Lovely.

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  3. Oh! such a lovely and lively description of winter. We have so much to learn from nature.

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  4. I love this tanka. There is much to learn about resilience in nature, and we need to tap into the same inner strength of the oak to endure our own personal winters.

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  5. Merry Christmas, have a wonderful end of the year and an excellent beginning of the new one!

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  6. Yes, how does it do it...so beautiful

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  7. the mighty oak...beautifully penned...

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  8. Wonderful poem, pictures and post... winter is here, I didn´t realize yesterday so thanks for the reminder

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  9. Teach me resilience too ~ Love that imagery of the oak tree baring her soul to the sky ~ Wishing you Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays ~

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  10. I like the idea of winter with a cotton soft blanket! Reminds me of what I see outside my window RIGHT now!

    Have a Happy Holiday, Loredana.

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  11. Love your poem and think it says so much in its lovely simplicity

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  12. What a pretty poem. I'm glad that the days will now be getting a little bit longer!

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  13. Confirmation of where we are at this point with nature. Beauty in its appearance, and importantly hope the the coming days....

    Eileen:)
    Best wishes, for the Christmas Holiday.

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  14. Lovely tanka, Loredana! I like the contrast between the image of the soft blanket and the question you ask.

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  15. how DOES that tree stand still? this is really lovely.

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  16. Beautiful, Loredana! Winter, like a soft blanket. Would you please email me at wildwoman2@shaw.ca ? I have a question for you!

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  17. I love the irony of a soft winter blanket teaching resilience brought about only by harsh circumstances. How indeed, does the oak stand?

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  18. beautiful images...love that cotton-soft blanket and how the oak bares her soul to the sky...

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  19. great images...yur poem made me wonder "how does that tree stand so still"

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  20. "cotton-soft blanket" this is a beautiful expression of winter

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  21. beautiful. love the last two lines, makes one think..

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  22. Beautiful winter with a cotton soft blanket & your images are truly divine. Wishing you a Merry Christmas!

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  23. Just wonderful, Loredana!
    I wish you a very Merry Christmas, and a bright, beautiful New Year!

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  24. Lovely tanka Loredana. The question you ask in the last two lines is profound. Have a great Christmas!

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  25. strong words for a peaceful time in our harsh conditions

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  26. As always, Loredana, your photos are stunning and your words sublime. Wishing you a beautiful holiday season and an amazing and magic-filled 2014!

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  27. embracing the season of love, peace n joy...
    have fun..

    just passing by

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  28. Wow! Such power in these few words...certainly nature makes us introspect...

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  29. Tanti auguri a te e alla tua famiglia per un sereno Natale! Ciao Cri : )

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  30. This day is special for me too. That is why I chose to start (and subsequently end) my one year quest on the winter solstice.

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  31. I wish I could view winter as embracing me with a cotton soft blanket, maybe next time it snows I will use your tanka as an inspirational mantra.

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  32. Cara Loredana la tua gentilezza non ha confini Buon Natale a tutti Voi
    Un abbraccio forte dall'Italia
    Maurizio

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  33. So beautiful....how does the oak tree do it? Lovely photos, too. A very Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones, Loredana! Hugs xo Karen

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  34. The strength of the oak tree is an inspiration of tenacity and power. So it is! Nicely penned Loredana!

    Hank

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  35. Happy Holidays to you...... Michelle

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  36. Happy Holidays to you and yours, Loredana!

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  37. Wonderful winter picture.

    Wish you a Merry Christmas !

    Greetings, Joop

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  38. The Oak tree stands in wait, for the seasons of Spring to come and go; And then there is this time when she is free, to bare her soul to the sky?

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  39. "La neige tombe
    Sur la neige
    En silence"

    Joyeux Noël à toi aussi Loredana
    Amicalement Pascal

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