Colleen’s Weekly #Poetry Challenge # 45 – #Haiku #Haibun or #Tanka: Hate & Pride

Happy POETRY Tuesday everyone!
Are you ready to get groovy with your poetry? Then, you’re in the right place! Pull up a chair, and let’s write some poetry.


Here is my contribution to last weeks prompt words of hunt (quest) and find (found).

Forlorn memories –
what once was lost is now found,
it was our last quest.

Spice was our navigator, and her chosen seat was on the console between our seats. I cope with my grief best when I can put it into words. Fly with the fairy nymphs, Spice. You live on in our hearts and in my writing. ❤

For Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge you can write your poem in one of the three forms defined below:

HAIKU in English



You can do one poem or try to do one of each. It’s up to you – YOUR CHOICE. The instructions follow below:


Are you new to writing the Haiku in English poetry form? Please read my page, How to Write a Haiku in English.


Tanka poems are based on syllable structure much the same way a Haiku is written in the 5/7/5 format.

The Tanka form is easy to create: 5/7/5/7/7 and is a Haiku with two extra lines, of 7 syllables each consisting of five separate lines.

What makes a Tanka different from a Haiku is that the first three lines (5/7/5) are the upper phase. This upper stage is where you create an image in your reader’s mind.

The last two lines (7/7) of a Tanka poem are called the lower phase. Now here is where it gets interesting. The lower stage, the final two lines, should express the poet’s ideas about the image that was created in the three lines above.

Visit Jean Emrich at Quick Start Guide
CLICK THE LINK TO SEE THE EXAMPLES and to learn how to write a Tanka poem

HOW TO CREATE THE HAIBUN POETRY FORM shares how to write a Haibun poem. Please follow the rules carefully.

Writing Haibun

“The rules for constructing a haibun are simple.

  • Every haibun must begin with a title.
  • Haibun prose is composed of terse, descriptive paragraphs, written in the
    first person singular.
  • The text unfolds in the present moment, as though the experience is occurring now rather than yesterday or some time ago. In keeping with the simplicity of the accompanying haiku or tanka poem, all excessive words should be pared down or deleted. Nothing must ever be overstated.
  • The poetry never attempts to repeat, quote or explain the prose.
  • Instead, the poetry reflects some aspect of the prose by introducing a different step in the narrative through a microburst of detail.
  • Thus, the poetry is a sort of juxtaposition – seemingly different yet somehow connected.

It is the discovery of this link between the prose and the poetry that offers one of the great delights of the haibun form. The subtle twist provided by an elegantly envisaged link, adds much pleasure to our reading and listening.

Some Common Forms of Modern Haibun

1. The basic unit of composition– one paragraph and one poem

We guide our canoe along the shores of beautiful Lake Esquagama. It is nine o’clock at night on this evening of the summer solstice. As the sun begins to dim the lake becomes still as glass. Along the shore, forests of birch are reflected in its mirrored surface, their ghostly white trunks disappearing into a green canopy. The only sound is a splash when our bow slices the water. We stop to rest the paddles across our knees, enjoying the peace. Small droplets from our wet blades create ever-widening circular pools. Moving on, closer to the fading shore, we savour these moments.

as a feather
on the breeze
the distant call
of a loon

2. The prose envelope – prose, then poem, then prose

Echoes of Autumn
I walk quietly in the late afternoon chill, birdsong silent, foliage deepened into shade, a rim of orange over darkening hills.

through soft mist
the repeated call
of one crow

Reaching the gate then crossing the threshold I breathe the scent of slow-cooking, the last embers of a fire, red wine poured into gleaming crystal, the table – set for two …

3. Poem then prose

(Rather than begin with a single tanka, I wrote a tanka set or sequence, followed by the prose. In contemporary haibun writing, the poems are occasionally presented in couplets or in longer groups).

The Road to Longreach
the coastal fringe
of green and blue
behind the gateway
to the outback

wheat, sorghum
and cotton stubble
in the autumn sun
as hawks patrol above

faces to the sky
the last blaze of colour
in the dryland’s
barren outlook

brown soil
of the rural strip
surrenders to
brick red, burnt ochre
of the open range

and further out –
in orange dust
a single cornstalk
displays its tassel

Days pass as we move through the desolate landscape, carved into two parts by the road we travel on, a continual ribbon drawing us straight ahead into its vanishing point, where only spinifex grass and saltbush lies between us and our destination.

4. The verse envelope — poem, prose, then poem

Winter Magic
silver light
thick hoar-frost
covers the window

Ice shapes resembling small fir trees stretch across the glass, while delicate snow flowers sparkle around them. Lost in its beauty, I move through this crystal garden as my warm fingers trace up and down, leaving a smudged pathway.
Mother’s voice interrupts, “Susan, come away from that cold window and get dressed or the school bus will leave without you!”

burning hoop pine
scent of a warm kitchen
oatmeal with brown sugar

5. Alternating prose and verse elements

The Sentinel
I climb round and round close to the outside wall, to avoid the railing where the stair treads narrow about their central post. A semi-circular platform rests high above. Its glass windows provide a sweeping view. Counting the last few steps, I finally reach the top of the Moreton Bay Lighthouse, where I gaze in awe at the ocean below.

the rising sun
an endless pathway
of molten gold

Outside the lighthouse, lamp is rotating. I disengage it as there is no need for its warning light. Now the bold red and white stripes of the lighthouse itself will become the beacon. I study the turbulence of the deep waters churning the rocky shore below. The subtle changes in the wind, waves, and tides are entered in my log book – these brief markers of the ever-transforming seascape that surrounds me.

ebb tide
a foot print shelters
one tiny crab”

Here are some great sites that will help you write your poetry and count syllables.

For Synonyms and Antonyms. When your word has too many syllables, find one that works.

Find out how many syllables each word has. I use this site for all my Haiku and Tanka poems. Click on the “Poetry Workshop” tab to create your Haiku or Tanka.


I will publish the Tuesday prompt post at 12: 03 A.M. Mountain Standard Time (Denver Time).  That should give everyone time to see the prompt from around the world.


How Long Do You Have and Your Deadline: You have a week to complete the Challenge with a deadline of Monday at 12:00 P.M. (Noon) MDT , U. S. A. This will give me a chance to add the links from everyone’s poem post from the previous week, on the new prompt I send out on Tuesday. I urge everyone to visit the blogs and comment on everyone’s poem.

The rules are simple.

I will give you two words that you need to use (in some form) in the writing of your poetry. This will be a challenge in writing your Haibun poem. Follow the rules carefully.

The two words can be used in any way you would like to use them. Words have different definitions, and you can use the definitions you like. Feel free to use synonyms for the words when the poetry form calls for it.

LINK YOUR BLOG POST TO MINE WITH A PINGBACK. To do a Pingback: Copy the URL (the HTTPS:// address of my post) for the current week’s Challenge and paste it into your post. You may also place a copy of your URL of your post in the comments of the current week’s Challenge post.

Because of the time difference between where you are, and I am, you might not think your link is there. I manually approve all links. People participating in the challenge may visit you and comment or “like” your post. I also need at least a Pingback or a link in the comments section to know you took part and to include you in the Weekly Review section of the new prompt on Tuesday.

BE CREATIVE. Use your photos and create “Visual POETRY” if you wish, although it is not necessary. Use whatever program you want to make your images.

As time allows, I will visit your blog, comment, and TWEET your POETRY

If you add these hashtags to your post TITLE (depending on which poetry form you use) your poetry may be viewed more often:

#Haiku, #Tanka, #micropoetry, #poetry, #5lines, #Haibun, #Prose



You may copy the badge I have created to go with the Weekly Poetry Challenge Post and place it in your post:

HERE’S WHO JOINED US LAST WEEK FOR OUR 44th POETRY CHALLENGE USING THE WORDS – HUNT & FIND: (Please make sure to visit the other participants. We learn from each other. <3)

Whirlpools/Reena Saxena

Beyond The Undergrowth – By Sarah

Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge #44 – #Haiku: HUNT & FIND – Mick E Talbot Poems

Maddening Search #Tanka | Trent’s World (the Blog)

Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge #44 – #Tanka: HUNT & FIND – Mick E Talbot Poems

Haibun – And the quest continues…… | radhikasreflection

Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge Hunt & Find | Annette Rochelle Aben

Colleen’s Weekly #Poetry Challenge # 44 – #Haiku #Haibun or #Tanka: HUNT & FIND | willowdot21

Colleen’s Poetry Challenge – 44 – The Bag Lady

Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge #44 – #HAIBUN: HUNT & FIND – Mick E Talbot Poems

Colleen’s Weekly #Poetry Challenge # 44 – #Haiku: HUNT & FIND | But I Smile Anyway…

The Hunt (tanka) | Darkness of His Dreams

The chase – Playing with words

Copyright©God… | Sue Vincent’s Daily Echo

Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge/Edwina’s Episodes

#Haiku 49: Hunt & Find | Charmed Chaos

Colleen’s Weekly #Poetry Challenge # 44 – #Haiku: HUNT & FIND – Afterwards

Tanka Tuesday: Hunt & Find – Jane Dougherty Writes

Tanka: Quest – My Feelings My Freedom

Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge/Stuff & What If

Sexagenarian Sagacity | like mercury colliding…

Tanka challenge “Hunt and Find” – listerslyrics

Patchwork#2 | method two madness

Hidden in the Wind: Tanka | Yesterday and today: Merril’s historical musings


Colleen’s Weekly #Poetry Challenge # 44 – #Haiku #Haibun or #Tanka: HUNT & FIND | M J Mallon Author

Don’t FORGET! If you are selected as my Poet of the Week, your poem will also be featured in my bi-monthly newsletter. Sign up HERE.

This week’s Poet of the Week is Wands and Unicorns, who is a psychology major who reads a lot. This Haiku really spoke to me of someone trying to find themselves. The prompt words are more alluded to, but the meaning is clear. This was a creative approach. The last five words are what make the Haiku compelling. ❤


Churches, mirrors, boys
and books, she searched everywhere
but forgot herself

©2017 Wands and Unicorns

Number One

A special Announcement:

Our own Merril D. Smith was the winner of Yecheilyah’s First Poetry Contest! Read the post HERE. You will love her poem! ❤

Amazon Author Page:


Twitter: @merril_mds

Instagram: mdsmithnj


Here are the two words for this week’s challenge: HATE & PRIDE

(any forms of the words AND don’t forget to use synonyms)



86 thoughts on “Colleen’s Weekly #Poetry Challenge # 45 – #Haiku #Haibun or #Tanka: Hate & Pride”

        1. That’s creativity. I don’t mind that at all. You are the word artist. You go girl! ❤


    1. She was just like her name but yet had such a sweet edge to her personality. ❤


    1. What a wonderful compliment. Thanks. Haiku are fun and easy to try. They force you to abbreviate your thoughts into a concise description or thought. Give it a try. This challenge is a place to try new things. ❤

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  1. Thanks for the great description in differences for the Haiku writing Colleen. Great post. And once again, so sorry about the lost of your little doggie. 😦 You’re so right, he’s with the fairies now. ❤

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    1. Thanks, Debby. Ron and I have been missing her badly. Her sister, Sugar is now my constant companion. Thank goodness I still have a bit of Spice in Sugar. They were from the same litter. ❤

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        1. Ron and I decided that we don’t want to have any more hairy babies. We would like to do some traveling and boarding is always a concern and added cost. We raised 5 kids, 3 pomeranians, three cats, and more fish than I can ever count. I think we’re ready to just be with us. Meanwhile, I still have my sweet Sug. ❤

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    1. Hello, Vivian. Welcome. Thank you for your kind words. That means much. Glad to see you here. ❤


        1. You’re welcome. I try to use words that make you stretch your imagination. See you next week! ❤


    1. Thank you so much. She’s gone a month now and we still miss her dearly. Sugar has really changed and is more alert. She has to be the one in charge now. ❤

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