Lessons (tanka)

After too much peace
Growing strong in sun and rain,
Lessons come like storms –
Here, learn to stand back and breathe;
Birds sing when we’re crying.

Hummingbirds still whir –
Sparrows still dance through gardens –
Crows shine like black stars –
Dogs’ eyes still shine deep with love –
Breezes still caress our skin.

Then see the lesson:
How temporary hurt is,
How permanent love –
Everything changes and still
Even destruction sparks growth.


About janemwoodman

Singer, writer, restaurant reviewer, urban farmer, devoted lover of my husband....old and getting happier all the time.
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One Response to Lessons (tanka)

  1. cote8050 says:

    some of our lessons are so hard to learn… very nice poem, thank you for the insight…:) Michelle

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