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Road sign to Forest Ridge Campgrounds Ellsworth Maine
DownEast Maine
names tell of history or use
Steamboat Landing
unique and trendy hard to find
‘cept for Flockamoosen Way
TPOS prompt: favorite name
photo: 2019 Saradunn

road sign to Forest Ridge Campground in Ellsworth, Maine



April 22, 2014 prompt: first color - anticipation</p><br /><br />
<p>yellow primrose peeks<br /><br /><br />
winter's wilted cover hid<br /><br /><br />
spring's delightfull gift </p><br /><br />
<p>spirits lift at the sight<br /><br /><br />
new greens bright ~ spring colors delight<br /><br /><br />
.<br /><br /><br />
(c) 4/2014...Saradunn
(c) 4/2014…Saradunn


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, 

a newborn, 

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
(c) 4/2014…Saradunn



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