The Prophecy – A Tanka

Once again for my Tanka challenge, I kept the prompt words of eyes and shelter. Both words have many connotations and can change the meaning of your Tanka poetry in numerous ways. By the way, please link your Tanka to the prompt post found here.

Hooded eyes conceal –

a mute prophecy of death

sheltered in evil.

The Fairy Whisperer knows

the swamp takes care of their own.

© Colleen M. Chesebro


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Colleen M. Chesebro is a Michigan Poet who loves crafting syllabic poetry, flash fiction, and creative fiction and nonfiction. Colleen sponsors a weekly syllabic poetry challenge, called #TankaTuesday, on wordcraftpoetry.com where participants learn how to write traditional and current forms of syllabic poetry. A published author, Colleen is also an editor of “Word Weaving, a Word Craft Journal of Syllabic Verse, also found on wordcraftpoetry.com. Colleen’s mission is to bring the craft of writing syllabic poetry to anyone who thinks they can’t be a poet. Recently, she created the Double Ennead, a 99-syllable poetry form for the Carrot Ranch literary community at carrotranch.com. Colleen’s poetry has appeared in various anthologies and journals including “Hedgerow-a journal of small poems,” and “Poetry Treasures1 & 2” a collection of poetry from the poet/author guests of Robbie Cheadle on the “Treasuring Poetry” blog series on “Writing to be Read." Colleen published “Word Craft: Prose & Poetry, The Art of Crafting Syllabic Poetry,” which illustrates how to write various syllabic poetry forms used in her Tanka Tuesday challenges; and a collection of poetry, flash fiction, and short stories called, “Fairies, Myths & Magic: A Summer Celebration,” dedicated to the Summer Solstice. She contributed a short story called “The Changeling,” in the “Ghostly Rites Anthology 2020,” published by Plaisted Publishing House. Find Colleen at Word Craft: Prose & Poetry at wordcraftpoetry.com.
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26 Comments

  1. Very nice tanka Colleen. 🙂

  2. That was excellent.

  3. Oooohhh… mysterious like the swamp!

  4. I saw what you did there….. <3

  5. Now I’m reading Tankas. Who knew. 😀 😛 <3
    A wonderful read, Colleen.

  6. Another well-formed Tanka. You have a real gift. <3

  7. Such a glorious portrait. 🌹🌹🌹

  8. This is marvelous, Colleen. I have no flare for any sort of poetry, but I admire the gift in others. Mega hugs.

  9. Pingback: Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka #Poetry Prompt Challenge #12 – Peace & Spirit – Colleen Chesebro ~ Fairy Whisperer

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