Weekly Tanka Prompt Challenge – Week 11 – Game Birds

I just stumbled upon this challenge sponsored by Elsie in New Zealand, on her blog, Ramblings of a Writer! How exciting. Since I’ve started my own Tanka Challenge how could I resist? You can never have too many Haiku or Tanka Challenges for me. ❤

Her requirements are to make the Tanka about game birds. I call this:

“The Grouse”

The Greater Sage Grouse

feathers spread out in glory,

challenging his foe

to a duel of virtue

fighting to acquire the girl.


Thanks for the invitation, Elsie. See you next week!

Published by Colleen M. Chesebro

An avid reader, Colleen M. Chesebro rekindled her love of writing poetry after years spent working in the accounting industry. These days, she loves crafting syllabic poetry, flash fiction, and creative fiction and nonfiction. In addition to poetry books, Chesebro’s publishing career includes participation in various anthologies featuring short stories, flash fiction, and poetry. She’s an avid supporter of her writing community on Word Craft Poetry.com by organizing and sponsoring a weekly syllabic poetry challenge, called #TankaTuesday, where participants experiment with traditional and current forms of Japanese and American syllabic poetry. Chesebro is an assistant editor of The Congress of the Rough Writers Flash Fiction Anthology & Gitty Up Press, a micro-press founded by Charli Mills and Carrot Ranch. In January 2022, Colleen founded Unicorn Cats Publishing Services to assist poets and authors in creating eBooks and print books for publication. In addition, she creates affordable book covers for Kindle and print books. Chesebro lives in the house of her dreams in mid-Michigan surrounded by the Great Lakes with her husband and two (unicorn) cats, Chloe & Sophie.

24 thoughts on “Weekly Tanka Prompt Challenge – Week 11 – Game Birds

  1. Love it, Thanks for joining in on the challenge. Soon everyone will know what an English Tanka poem is.
    I have had many comments like they have never heard of that word even Grammarly does accept that word.
    Cheers to Tanka Poetry.

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  2. Very nice, Colleen. Some day I just might be able to participate in a challenge of this type. Not the game bird challenge, but maybe something else. Happy Autumn my friend.

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    1. Hello, Angie! Stay tuned. On Tuesday, I am hosting my first Tanka Tuesday. You might like it! ❤️🍁 Happy autumn! 💖

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      1. I don’t spend a lot of time on the computer lately, Colleen. My eyes are going and there are a lot of other things I would rather be looking at than a computer screen for now.

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        1. Yes. You would have to look at the blog, Ramblings of a Writer. I linked to her page. Click the link on my post. Then go to the comments section. You will find all the other poets who linked to her challenge. ❤


    1. Hi, Jacqueline. I just found you in my spam? I love this Tanka. Hope to see you tomorrow. ❤


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