“The Ending,” A Tanka & A Senryu


Thanks for stopping by to check out my Weekly Poetry Challenge where we can write a Haiku, Tanka, Haibun, Cinquain, or a Senryu using the prompt words: mist and shape. To keep things interesting, I kept the word mist but used silhouettes for the word shape.

Forms blending as one

figures outlined in gray mist,

silhouettes shrouded.

Profiles in passion adrift,

contours of a broken heart.

©2017 Colleen M. Chesebro

I can create a Senryu by using synonyms. This time, I used “opaque” for misty, and “manipulation” for the word, shape. The Senryu instructions say to share a personal event. In my poetry, the irony is that the relationship was all about manipulation, not love as the first two lines suggest. Does that make sense?

Here is how I am viewing a Haiku – write about nature. When you write a Senryu, you are writing about love or human emotions with a touch of humor or irony present.

Opaque memories –

Fused in my heart forever,


©2017 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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  1. Brava.. 🥀🥀🥀🥀🥀🥀🥀

  2. Reblogged this on Frank J. Tassone and commented:
    #Haiku Happenings #9: Colleen’s #tanka and senryu response to her weekly poetry challenge!

  3. Nicely done, Colleen!
    I like “opaque memories,” the memories that are shaded or not fully remembered, or misty in time. . . 🙂

  4. Perfectly obvious, which means, you are a terrific teacher! Thank you for the encouragement to stretch ourselves, combined with the amazing lessons. <3

  5. These are lovely Colleen.

  6. I like your word choices of the synonyms. I especially like opaque, one of my favorite colors. great demonstration of the new poem form, Colleen!

  7. They flow so beautifully! (K)

  8. I love your diverse forms of poetry, Colleen. Congratulations on your ever expanding list of followers.

  9. Love these, Colleen. 🙂

  10. I can see the irony here. Great choice of words in this sense: contour, figures outlined. mist… silhouettes. Most times, appearances deceive us… Quite funny that we need to go through it all to finally acknowledge it 😉 Love & best wishes dear Colleen! 🙂

    • Thank you! I chose the words carefully to convey that message. Perception is interesting and part of human nature. Many times we only see what we want to see, not the truth. <3 Hugs, dear friend. <3

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  12. reblogged
    the inspirational

  13. Reblogged this on Mick E Talbot Poems and commented:
    your prompts inspire
    your poetry… all lessons
    Fairy Queen Colleen

    inspiring all to write
    Colleen the teacher

    the mist of dawn and dusk
    natural phenomena… lush
    beware deception

  14. REplied to your last comment twice and again told I have replied but they’re not here? (no links in them, so why are they going into spam?

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