Colleen’s Weekly #Poetry Challenge

#TankaTuesday Weekly Poetry Challenge No. 255: #Poet’sChoice (with a twist)

Message from Colleen

It’s the first of the month and you know what that means! Word Crafters, choose your own poetry form—It’s up to you! This is our last Poet’s Choice for 2021… I have a request. Let’s write a poem using a form of your choice about Yule, Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanza, and any festival or tradition you celebrate during the month of December. Even if you don’t celebrate, share something meaningful as we go into the dark days of winter. Share your wisdom with us. Remember, I’ll have a new weekly poetry schedule beginning on January 1, 2022.

We went with a double etheree, enjoy!

Christmas day
Just nine years old
cold, nothing to do
I bring home a stray dog
Mum won’t let it in the house
I did not want to open gifts.
With heavy snow falling, I waited
Mum let me give him a bowl of her soup
My heart broken, I wanted to keep him
That Christmas wasn’t one of the best
Mum said I would soon forget him
Years later I remember
my cold Christmas orphan
He’s out there somewhere
I hope someone 
took him in
to their

© Anita Dawes 2021

18 thoughts on “Colleen’s Weekly #Poetry Challenge

  1. Oh, this is so sad. Well done, but so sad. I’m glad he got food, but still… He’d have made your Christmas perfect. Oh, boy, now I can’t stop thinking of that long ago dog…

  2. A memory like that is hard to let go. I hope someone else saw what you saw in that pup and gave it just as much love as you would have. The form worked wonderfully for this sad poem.
    Happy holidays to you. xo

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