#TankaTuesday Weekly #Challenge #263, Taste the Rainbow—Green! @ColleenChesebro #writing community #poetrycommunity #poetryChallenge

Here is Colleen Chesebro’s Tanka Tuesday Weekly Challenge #263.  It’s Taste the Rainbow week and the color is, green. Bonus points if you can write it without saying the color green.

I had a lot of ideas when I thought of green. I ended up with a haibun which is a combination of prose paragraph and a haiku. I’ll be out there dancing until the rains return and fill our lakes and wells:)


The weather-beaten soil is devoid of life during another dry winter. Even the mushrooms gave up and retreated into the earth while the weeds withered into themselves. The mighty cedars and pines push their roots deeper in search of the life-giving liquid. Hose water provides what the season couldn’t, a lifeline for the thirsty potted plants. A rain dance in the forest becomes a prayer that there will still be the verdant lushness of spring where life burst forth from winter’s silence and offers the world hope.

heavy clouds gather

rain…mother nature’s nectar

bless our wilderness

51 thoughts on “#TankaTuesday Weekly #Challenge #263, Taste the Rainbow—Green! @ColleenChesebro #writing community #poetrycommunity #poetryChallenge”

    1. Thank you, Staci 🙂 It’s become a favorite of mine to use. Fingers crossed the clouds bring us a gift soon.

  1. I love this prose/verse combo and the challenge to write about the color green without naming it. An assignment I had in a writing class many years ago was to describe a color without naming it. I chose yellow. It was a challenge, but fun to do.

    1. Thanks, Joan 🙂 Yellow would be a tough one to pull off, but challenges sure open our minds to new possibilities and are fun.

    1. Thank you, Jan! I appreciate all who join in the dance 🙂 All that positive energy will summon those rain clouds .

    1. Thank you, Eden 🙂 It’s a beautiful color especially in springtime when it almost glows.

  2. We need rain so desperately, Denise! I could see the forest around you in your haibun. The UN is addressing the Climate Change right now. I don’t know if we’re too late to save the earth.

    1. Very desperately, Miriam! There is nothing like walking in the forest after a good rain. I hope things can change too. I wish I saw more action to prevent wildfires. There is still trees leaning on power lines and dead trees everywhere. All we can do is hope and pray for a positive outcome. Xo

      1. It’s getting so bad, Denise. Last summer, I went with my daughter to Bend, Oregon. Driving there from Portland, we saw many mountains with trees burned to the ground. At one spot, my son-in-law, Will said, it took 50 years for some young trees to come back and 200 years to grow to the size before they were burned. Most of them were tall evergreen trees. The air in Bend was bad. We were not sure if we could go out at all, but fortunately we did.

        California is in great danger because there’s no break for the trees to come back. There’ll just be flooding even if rain. I don’t know what we can do to just save California, let alone the planet.

      2. It’s not good, Miriam. When we drive to see our son in Eugene I see so many dead trees adding to this.

  3. Your words: “A rain dance in the forest becomes a prayer of Hope/Peace/Blessings.” I wish you all that and miracles. Thanks for the lovely words. I wish you rain too. xoxo

    1. Thank you, Mae. This is a favorite way to write. Fingers crossed spring treats us well.

  4. I love your halibun, Denise. It tugged at my heart and pulled me into nature’s nector. Lovely metaphor. 💗

  5. rain…mother nature’s nectar

    This is so true, Denise. Ya know, Jews around the world pray for rain in Israel to come in the winter season… we need it desperately here in the Middle East!


    1. My hope and prayers are that everyone who needs rain—gets it! Thank you, David 🙂

    1. Thank you, Diana 🙂 I love to do a thank you dance in the rain. We got dome sprinkles here finally. Hope you are getting more up North!

    1. Thank you, Marje 🙂 I’m hoping April and May brings us some of that rain at least for the trees.

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