Soft down, or: Ermine

A Garland Cinquain

soft down
over sunlight
noble snowy owl soars
white citrus cotton candy skies
easeful

glaciers
in bleached silence
glide through foamy white caps
sportive belugas vocalize
play tag

chubby
still harp seal pup
blends into vast snowbank
defenseless in mother's absence
wide-eyed

arctic
hare races past
watchful for predators
white winter coat camouflages
alert

burrow
deep underground
once home to small rodents
clever black eyes flash in hunger
ermine

soft down
in bleached silence
blends into vast snowbank
white winter coat camouflages
ermine

#TankaTuesday

The above garland cinquain was written for Colleen M. Chesebro’s ‘Tanka Tuesday’ prompt: Poets were prompted to write syllabic poems inspired by a color of their choice. I chose the color ‘white’.


Twiglet #282

bleached silence


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Ben Harper (b. 1969)

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49 thoughts on “Soft down, or: Ermine”

    1. ❤ 🙂 Colleen ❤ 🙂 ~ that makes me very happy. Thank you.

      BTW, even though I'm subscribed to your blog, it seems that your posts don't always come up in my reader – do you know what's going on?

          1. I think it takes you off the “community” servers… that is the only thing I can think of. It’s a puzzle to me. I know Eugi is on the Pro Plan and I find her posts in the reader all the time. You might have to search for Word Craft Poetry.

  1. A truly wonderous flight through the snowy tundra the words touched me and the photo warmed my soul , thank you David.

  2. icy biomes
    Polar owl soaring
    Above the tundra
    arctic coastal waters
    Saddleback Seal, simply gorgeous!!
    Defenceless eyes dreamy and
    Scary at the northpole
    Cold and enchanting
    Stoat, the weasel, yes the master camouflage in the low temperature and short growing season – the arctic tundra
    Bravo, riding upon a Garland Cinquain, was it 6 ?
    Marvelous exploration !!! David
    Above the Arctic Circle

      1. A great geography lesson 👏 David.
        Study notes, set in poetry
        One feels the enchanting teaching in each cinquain💙

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