I zip my jacket
Walk a while through fall oaks
My breath comes out frost
Ghosts hang out this time of year
I run back to the trailer

photo of dried leaves lying on the ground


I wrote this for Colleen’s Tanka Tuesday – ‘Haunt’ and ‘Spell.’  I instantly thought of the phrase ‘sit a spell,’ and found out through the thesaurus that ‘haunt’ can also mean a place of rest.  I had hoped to maintain the idea of ‘haunt’ through the presence of ghosts, but I wanted my spirits to be peaceful and enjoying their time out in the fall.  The character is supposed to be me when I was young – I would often get lost in the large wood behind my house. 

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