Winter Hope

rotting leaves crumble
into Beelzebub blackness
of winter humus
lit up by waxy berries
milk-white hope of mistletoe

Kim M. Russell, 2016


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My response to Carpe Diem Tanka Splendor #27 decay

Today our prompt is decay and Chèvrefeuille has a tanka of his own:

the scent of autumn
that sweet smell of decaying leaves –
after the rain – stronger
makes me think of days past
and my first real love …

© Chèvrefeuille


5 thoughts on “Winter Hope

  1. Focus on intricate detail on nature recounted with strong imagery.

    Thanks so much for the very nice comments you left on CDHK page a day or two ago. Am so sorry there were access problems. That is frustrating. My kukai comments were musings about comments to me from some folk from other haiku sites.

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