The Winds of Change – A #Tanka

Hello! I’m late, I’m late… The arrival of Monday has got the better of me!

Welcome to my contribution to my weekly #Tanka Tuesday poetry challenge. This week, I tweaked the prompt word of “storm” to “rage and/or bluster,” and I changed “color” to “tints.” Both words have many connotations and can change the meaning of your Tanka poetry in many ways.

Don’t be afraid to experiment with synonyms. Sometimes subtle meanings pack the most punch in your poetry. Play with the words for different reactions. The best poetry has layers of meaning.

Please link your #Tanka Poem contribution to my post found here.

“Use these hashtags to Tweet each other’s poems: #Tanka Tuesday, #micropoetry, #poetry, #5lines, #Tanka, #poem

Go on Twitter and search for these hashtags. There are tons of great poems to read and retweet.”

Don’t forget to join in and share your #Tanka #Poem using the words: Storm & Color, or if you need some visual inspiration write your Tanka poem and tell us of the feelings and descriptions this photo invokes:

Clouds swirl with rage –
as the winds of change bluster,
voices speak in tongues.
Noise tints the waiting silence.
The calm before the dark storm.

© 2017 Colleen M. Chesebro

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About Colleen Chesebro: WordCraftPoetry

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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16 Comments

  1. Deep… thought provoking…

  2. Wow that was really cool!

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  4. I like the idea of noise tinting the silence. (K)

  5. Powerful words and imagery for the present tumult. It helps to view things through the eyes of a poet. Thanks.

  6. Superb! 🌹

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  8. Beautiful and haunting poem, Colleen. I love it.

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