Atrabilious tanka’s word-of-the-day  yesterday:  “atrabilious”, an adjective meaning gloomy, morose, melancholy, morbid;  irritable, bad-tempered;  splenetic.   It could well describe me, who is glooming for lack of poetic inspiration.   However, a Prompt a Day gives us the phrase “Take it Easy” to start us off. So that’s what I’ve been doing.  It’s not working.  A gloomy tanka for you.


Leaves are yellowing
early on the apple tree
scatter on the lawn
fallen spirit of Autumn
prematurely lowers mood


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11 Responses to Atrabilious tanka

  1. our summer has been dismal and the leaves have been sporting fall colours since mid July. sigh.

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  2. I can understand why it would…too soon for summer to be ending, I think.


  3. Candy says:

    I think you might be glooming your way to some great poetry

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  4. I love autumn but mourn the lack of daylight too. It’s hard to get excited in the winter of our lives.

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  5. Misky says:

    I hope to see a more cheerful creation soon, Viv. Just think of all the pears and apples and blackberries still to come!

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