Arco (TN)

Arco (TN)

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Writing with Robert Frost - Dust of Snow - December 10, 2014

sparrow at dawn
as it skips on the blacktop -
morning brightens

dull grey morn
a wayward snow-flake falls
upon her old tongue
the taste of Christmas -
her childhood joys

(c) G.s.k. '14

I hosted the Ghost Writers post today for Carpe Diem Haiku Kai after reading some of Robert Frost's beautiful short poems.  The idea was to write an all new haiku or tanka either distilling his poem (Dust of Snow) or to write about a similar personal experience.

Dust of Snow
Robert Frost, 1874 – 1963

The way a crow
Shook down on me
The dust of snow
From a hemlock tree

Has given my heart
A change of mood
And saved some part
Of a day I had rued.

Credits: Winter Crow © Melissa Parks


  1. First of all, what a stunning photo! So much going on - I love the composition. Wow!
    The haiku and tanka are great -- I feel the joy in that skipping sparrow too :)

    1. My son and I went for a pre-dawn walk ... there was a black bird and a sparrow .. but the blackbird flew away :-)

  2. Yes snow has a very special taste..

    1. It certainly does :-) Thanks Bjorn for passing by!

  3. Georgia, first thank you for your Ghost Writer post on Frost; second ... what an awesome tanka ... such a strong image and in balance ... I love to use it for an episode of the special feature "Tanka Shrine" if that's ok.

    1. Thanks so much Kristjaan, i'm glad to have been of help for CDHK! I'd be honored to have the tanka featured .. I've been studying Jane Reichhold's book about tanka and trying to integrate her lessons into my writing. :-)

  4. I like the linking of the sparrow, so small and common and easily ignored, with the major event of the brightening day. In England there has been a good deal of soul-searching for the last couple of years because sparrow numbers have declined so drastically and it has been belatedly realised that this is not a good sign...

    And thanks for sharing the Robert Frost poem, too, which I didn't know and which is wonderful :)

    1. Thanks Blake ... the common sparrow is such a bright little creature, I'm sorry to hear of their decline in England, I didn't know.
      Happy you enjoyed the Robert Frost poem ...


harmonious words ... like crystal clear water ... pure ectasy

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