Time Coats


February snow,

Crocuses and I make bold;

Time wears many coats

Of blossom, rays, rain, and ice,

Thus, my words will don them too.


Antonia Sara Zenkevitch


This is my first attempt at a tanka poem, doing my best to follow the guidelines at Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challenge. I like the challenge of trying different forms; each reframes my perception of a subject or sensation and so expands my horizons.


  1. Cubby says:

    What a beautiful tanka! I love it. 🙂

  2. antoniazen says:

    Thank-you 🙂

  3. willowdot21 says:

    Beautiful, I love crocuses harvanger of spring 💜💜

    1. antoniazen says:

      Thank-you! Yes, I love crocuses, they’re a wonderful symbol of life returning 🙂

      1. willowdot21 says:

        They are indeed 💜

  4. What a spectacular Tanka! Welcome, and I love the crocus image. ❤

    1. antoniazen says:

      Thank-you, Colleen, for both the lovely comments and the challenge! I really enjoyed bending my mind to try this form. 🙂

      1. That makes me very happy! Please come back. These poems are like puzzles and so fun to write. ❤

      2. antoniazen says:

        I will definately come back, thank you! I love writing poems, but writing a Tanka was a new challenge for me. As you say it was a puzzle to write and one I enjoyed doing. 🙂

  5. memadtwo says:

    Well done! I like the idea of time wearing coats. (K)

    1. antoniazen says:

      Thank you

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