Thursday, March 12, 2015

DMC: "robin lingers" by Linda Baie

robin lingers
-feathers tremble in the breeze-
soaks in sun’s rays,
holds tight the winter-dried stalk.
flies home, carpentry needed

© 2015 Linda Baie. All rights reserved.

Margarita Engle has challenged us to write a tanka this month. She suggests we think of it as a five-line travel diary about a subject of our choice. Click HERE for more details.

Send your tanka to TodaysLittleDitty (at) gmail (dot) com, or use the contact form in the sidebar to the right. All contributions will be included in a wrap-up celebration on March 27th. One lucky participant will win an autographed copy of Margarita's delightful new picture book:


  1. "Carpentry needed." Sigh. Your observant eye captured so much in this poem, Linda. The fact that you then allow us to see ourselves in this robin by adding a "human" reference is brilliant.

  2. Thank you for those sweet words, Michelle and Margarita. I enjoyed translating what I observed into a "little ditty-oops-I mean tanka".

  3. A lovely poem by Linda Baie that she mentioned in her blog today. I too like the thought that carpentry is needed. I also like the thought that robin lingers but the visual that follows is showing a contrast.

  4. Nicely done. It paints a lovely picture.

  5. Lovely. Love the contrast in this tanka. Brava.

  6. Finally got to look you up! Lovely! Look forward to more.