“Neoteric Thoughts,” A #Tanka #ABRSC


Hello and welcome to my contribution to my weekly Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challenge. This week we had to find synonyms for “experience and new.” I decided to create a Tanka poem using the words neoteric for new, and technique for experience.

Here are the instructions for writing a Tanka Poem: TANKA IN ENGLISH 5/7/5/7/7 syllable structure. Your Tanka will consist of five lines written in the first-person point of view. This is important because the poem should be written from the perspective of the poet.

I’ve been working on my second novel the last few months or so. Unlike my first book, where the words poured out me, this second volume has so many different opportunities and paths to take in the writing process. I have to rein in my creativity. This got me to thinking about my characters and how they sometimes seem to take charge of where “they” want the story to go!

This Tanka poem fits my dilemma perfectly!

Neoteric thoughts –

another path to follow,

where do my words lead?

Writing requires technique or

your characters take over.

© 2017 Colleen M. Chesebro

Excited to start a new year! How about you? ❤

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.

28 thoughts on ““Neoteric Thoughts,” A #Tanka #ABRSC

    1. Thanks, Ritu. I think Abby Forester wrote this! LOL! She’s the heroine in my novels. 😀


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