Dawn of a New Year #tanka #haibun

Dawn of a New Year

I am walking alone down a dark path.  The pale December sun fails to illuminate, casting a cold, golden sheen over the land.  I pause and look out over the world.  Stark shadows, crisp lines prove that summer is a distant memory.  As are you.  They say the new year brings new light and new hope.  I smile, knowing that although colder days are ahead, the light will increase and warmth will return.

Shadows in pale light
Darkness of the dying year
You, my sun, are gone
A new year brings much more light
Perhaps it brings you as well


Written for Colleen’s Poetry challenge.  Each week she gives us two keywords, only we must use synonyms only, not the words themselves.  This week was a “free week” where we could choose our own words.  My two words were “illumination” and “return”.  This week I went with a tanka and a haibun.

Happy New Year!  (The photo was taken on Saturday in Harwich, MA.)

19 thoughts on “Dawn of a New Year #tanka #haibun

  1. Vashti Q

    Beautiful Haibun/Tanka, Trent! My family and I have a tradition of watching the first sunrise of the new year at the beach together. It’s always a beautiful experience. Your Tanka has such lovely imagery and a hint of romance. Well done, my friend. <3 xo

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      That is a great tradition. The last several years I have spent New Year’s Eve on Cape Cod, so it would be possible for me – literally dawning of the new year. Thanks! I hope your 2019 is off to a good start!

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  2. Colleen Chesebro

    Trent, this is one of your best Haibun Tanka’s yet. I love the way you lead with the season and then, sneak in the part about where you are missing “her” as well. A great comparison that makes your poem fit in the romance category! <3

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Thanks, Diana. As I go through winter I often keep myself going by thinking things like, “Early February, why, there’s about as much light now as early November. In a few more days there will be as much light as at Halloween! It’s not that bad!” Yes, the things I do to get through a New Hampshire winter ;)

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