In the thirty years we have lived here,
one of the highlights of spring is waiting for the first color on our Queen –
a fourteen foot rhododendron we have nurtured from a princess less than four feet.
This year, that color happened over the weekend inside the bush barely visible.
I happened to be gone.
Today, the first streaks of color showed on several outside buds –
with sun they should burst forth tomorrow of the next day.
Makes me really happy.
We anticipate new in many ways –
in flowers such as lilacs or rose buds,
the first grapes,
the first home baked cookie,
breaking of the ice.
These are not always momentous occasions such as graduation;
they can be mundane – the first dandelion bloom.
What “bursting forth” do you anticipate?
What first color?
How will your tanka celebrate this first?
April 22, 2014 prompt: first color – anticipation
yellow primrose peeks
winter’s wilted cover hid
spring’s delightful gift
spirits lift at the sight
new greens bright ~ spring colors delight
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