Dawson Trail Tanka (2)

28 Aug

As I mentioned in part 1, Dawson Trail, in Dawson Creek, B.C. is lined with granite boulders that have tanka engraved on them. These poems celebrate the seasons, flowers, birds, and critters of the area. If you missed part 1, it’s HERE.

Dawson Trail Tanka

One of the Dawson Trail tanka in its natural setting


Here are four more poems you’ll find on the Dawson Trail. If they leave you shivering, just know that winter is long in these northern parts. It’s no wonder the cold gets an extra poem or two.

maple keys covered with snowWind sculpts drifts across

Fawn in grass

Fawn, seen on one of our drives in the Dawson Creek area. (Mother and Fawn #1 were too quick for my camera.)

Bees small deities


sunrise through branchesMorning drive to work...


Snowy path

Dawson Trail in winter

Frenzied bare branches...


As I mentioned in the last tanka post, I don’t know who wrote these poems. Will give credit if/when I discover their author.

Poetry authored by Donna Kane, Marilyn Belak, Megan Kane, and Rebekah Rempel.  A big thanks to reader Donna Smith who unearthed this document with the information about the poetry stones and their authors (p. 17).

Poetry Friday LogoThis post is linked to Poetry Friday, hosted this week by MsMac at Check It Out.





Posted by on August 28, 2014 in Nature, Poems by others, Tanka


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12 responses to “Dawson Trail Tanka (2)

  1. Donna Smith

    August 29, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    Wow, what a wonderful idea to have these poems posted along the trail -and in stone”. Must have been a grant or gift of some sort. Very, very special! Thanks for sharing this special find!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. jama

    August 29, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    Lovely poems and words. The trail looks so peaceful.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Donna Smith

    August 29, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    Violet!!! I found it!

    Click to access inTheNews200810.pdf

    On the last page of the Dawson Creek City document it tells the authors’ names: The revealing of the stones was done on Oct. 17, and places the poetry of Donna Kane, Marilyn Belak, Megan Kane, and Rebekah Rempel onto eight large stones.”

    Liked by 1 person

    • Violet Nesdoly

      August 29, 2014 at 3:58 pm

      Oh Donna you’re brilliant! A big thanks to you. I’ll be giving them credit now. Kudos to your sleuthing 🙂


  4. margaretsmn

    August 29, 2014 at 2:34 pm

    Beautiful discovery. The images inspire.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Myra GB

    August 30, 2014 at 12:10 am

    “mirrors for sunlight” – how awesome. I could just imagine you walking around and finding these treasures. Thank you for sharing your finds with us. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  6. cvarsalona

    August 30, 2014 at 4:22 am

    These are amazing unusual finds in such a cold place. These stones prove that poetry is a window into life.

    Liked by 1 person

  7. maryleehahn

    August 30, 2014 at 6:15 am

    Thanks for the cool break from our end-of-summer heat wave. I agree that bees are “small deities!”

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Michelle Heidenrich Barnes

    August 31, 2014 at 7:42 pm

    What a generous gift to nature and nature-lovers. The “frenzied bare branches” was my favorite of these tanka, though I also love “pouting buds” and bees as “small deities.”

    Liked by 1 person

  9. Bridget Magee

    September 2, 2014 at 11:19 am

    Oh the cooling effect of this poems. Thank you for sharing, Violet!


  10. Becky Shillington

    September 5, 2014 at 5:44 am

    Thanks for sharing these beautiful poems and pictures, Violet. I would love to visit B.C. and Alaska again and walk the Dawson Trail!



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