#Tanka 45 — The Water Well

Author: Sarah Potter Writes

Sarah is a British eccentric who writes offbeat fiction, haiku and tanka poetry. When stuck for words, she sketches or paints instead. She's into nature conservation, sustainability, gardening, dogs, natural health, and reading. Her sociability is something that happens in short bursts with long breathing spaces in between.

31 thoughts on “#Tanka 45 — The Water Well”

  1. “Wishing for wishes yet wished”….such a simple line, but so beautifully worded! I hope you realize that talent you have. It would be a shame if you didn’t. So very few people in the world can do what you do….what we do….well all have the same number of words to work with, but very few can paint a picture using those words.
    Carry on my talented friend! Please carry on!

    Hugs from Olympia, Washington, where Fall has descended upon us, not with a whimper, but with a twenty-one gun salute. 🙂

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    1. Oh Bill, you’re so sweet and your praise such an encouragement to me 🙂 It takes me an age to craft those few words, as I’m not that fast a writer but one that drifts into long spells of contemplation, procrastination, or perfectionism!

      Hugs to you from the UK’s sunshine coast, which is only patchily sunny this week. I got drenched this morning when out walking the dog, but it was one of those occasions of being so wet that all you can do is laugh and submit to the weather. Once back home, as per usual, the dog had a good wrestle with the towel, plus attempting to dry her herself on my legs, as well as various soft furnishing around the house. This afternoon, I’ve put my washing on the line, as it’s summer again! I still have flowers in bloom in my garden, such as busy lizzies, geraniums, and buddleia, which is most cheering. I do hope the Fall doesn’t prove too ferocious for you, my dear friend. I like that description about a twenty-one gun salute.


    1. Dear Rochelle,

      It is good that you found my poem peaceful. We need every bit of peace and sweetness we can find in this often turbulent and sour world.

      Looking forward to our Friday chat. It’s been a long time…

      All best wishes,

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    1. From what I can remember, dearest Sherri, there were three weeping willows altogether, so you would have been in heaven if you’d been there with me 🙂 I love standing under trees and looking up at the sky through their branches, and have been doing this since I was a small child, although in those days I lay on my back to do so. Sometimes I got a few surprises, though, such as acorns or conkers falling on me from high but never a bird poo fortunately! xxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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      1. Oh me too! Yes, I would have been in heaven most definitely looking up with you…and no bird poo at all 🙂 I adored Wind in the Willows as a child (and adult lol) and some of my happiest memories are of my holidays on the Norfolk Broads where willows gently brush the water lapping against the riverbank. I had a willow tree in my front garden in California…from my kitchen I often watched a pair or woodpeckers drill into the bark. I could have watched all day. You see…you’ve brought back a wonderful memory. Thank you, dearest Sarah 🙂 xxxxxxxxxxx

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      2. Soon, when next I visit a particular place and actually have my camera with me, I will have the most amazingly atmospheric weeping willow picture to post on my blog. It might even be accompanied by one of my offbeat 100-word stories. I am now going to keep you in suspense, dearest Sherri 😉 And yes, I love Wind in the Willows, too 🙂 xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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      3. How wonderful…I look forward very much to your ‘atmospheric weeping willow’ post…and always your ‘offbeat’ stories, yes! 😀 So sorry for my very late replies to all your lovely comments…I have been rather caught up with the stuff of life, but next week for sure I will be back here to catch up properly with you and soon, let’s talk and catch up then. Meanwhile, have a happy, albeit it blustery and wet, weekend, dearest Sarah. Lots of love, hugs and kisses… 🙂 xxxxxxxxxxxx


    1. I like that word “fantabulous”, Dale! I hope you got my email (and it didn’t go into your spam) in which I said thank you ever so for your fantabulous beta-reader feedback on my book. So greatly appreciated 🙂 xxxx

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      1. I’m terrible at putting off doing things, then have them go clean out of my mind — and I haven’t even got the valid excuse of working demanding shifts anymore! No need for you to answer my email. I just wanted to know that you’d received it, as I would hate you to go unthanked for your kindness xoxo

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      1. Thank you, Carla. I’m middling-well. Could be better; could be worse. A day of sunshine would help a great deal, but at least I have some beautiful flowers still in bloom to focus upon in the gloom! I hope you are well 🙂

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      2. I hope you get your sunshine soon! Flowers = joy!!! We moved to another Southern California location which is full of sun, more desert-like than where we were living. I am learning what plants to buy! But we are liking it a lot!

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      3. It sounds wonderful 🙂 We have chalk soil, which is very challenging. I am at a loss to keep my blue hydrangeas from turning pink, even in a pot, as the chalk gets into the water supply and thus into the watering-can. Thus, I have three beautiful pink hydrangea plants now, each one is a different shade of pink!

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      4. They sound beautiful! We were in Washington State for two months, and I saw many gigantic blue and purple hydrangeas; they grow so well there. Our back yard is only dirt at the moment, but I am eager to do some planting once the patio has been designed and arranged. Happy gardening!


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