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
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.