August Sky over the Delaware River at Red Bank Battlefield



clouds reflect my mood,

shadows cast

on river

rolling to the sea, endless

cycles streaming throughout time



stormy skies and light

untamed and


the appearance of a deer

like a gift to me,


like nature

answering a call,

now a need,

now the light.

I walk on, heart more joyful,

the river flows on.


A shadorma sequence for Colleen’s Tanka Tuesday, using synonyms for character and wild. This was inspired by a walk I took yesterday.









26 thoughts on “Moods

    • Thank you so much, Colleen! I appreciate your kind words. I’m usually a pretty upbeat person, but the last few months have been a strain, and then I got some disappointing news, so I was in a foul mood. I decided to take a walk and get some fresh air, and it went from there. It was kind of an odd time to see a deer, too–around 2:30 PM–so it did seem like a special gift.
      I liked writing the shadorma in a sequence like that. 🙂

  1. Glowering! That was unexpected even as a first word!
    I hope I get a joyful sign like your deer. Felix is at the vet again today! Now he had to have an enema and still has bladder issues. I had 1.5 hours of sleep (not about me, I know).

  2. Those clouds are so low and funky. I have been in that type of mood myself.
    Thankfully deer and other pretty things come in and change them.

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