Honey and Wine: Tanka




Honey-dipped apples,

sweetness carried through the year

shift light and shadow

dreams of peace and harmony

linger like the velvet wine


This Tanka is for Colleen Chesebro’s Weekly Poetry Challenge

The prompt words, honey and wine, make me think of Rosh Hashanah, which we will celebrate in about a month. We dip apples in honey for a sweet year, eat round challahs, and drink wine. It’s a holiday full of sweetness. Here, it takes place in early autumn.







17 thoughts on “Honey and Wine: Tanka

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  2. This is a lovely and fortuitous poem. Soon all of us may eat apples and bread. Even if just to break bread, drink wine to unite.
    One of my Dad’s best friends at NASA was Irving Lezberg. He called him “Herb.” Do you think this was a nickname or I misheard his name?
    In those days, we would call them Mr. and Mrs. Lezberg. We were blessed to go to their son’s Bar Mitzvah and celebrated a few holidays, mixing traditions together. I liked challah and a fruited bread, we were allowed juice glass size of Manishevitz wine (was misspelled).

    • Thank you, Robin. I’m glad this brought back good memories.
      Gosh–no idea idea about your father’s friend’s name. I suppose it could have been a nickname or you mishearing it. My uncle Irv’s name was actually Erwin.
      I can’t spell Manischewitz either. I always have to look it up. 🙂 I can’t stand that wine–it’s like cough syrup. Hahaha. We always had it at Passover.

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