“In the Zone,” A Tanka


This is my contribution to my Weekly Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challenge using synonyms for the words destination and guide. I used Thesaurus.com to find a few suitable words to work with. I chose haven for destination and inspiration for guide.

I missed last week’s challenge and I struggled to get back into the poetry writing zone this week. Just goes to show you that if you get in the habit of flexing your poetry brain weekly, the words flow like water. At least I hope they do. 😀

Here are my instructions for writing a Tanka poem.

“The Japanese tanka is a thirty-one-syllable poem, traditionally written in a single unbroken line. A form of waka, Japanese song or verse, tanka translates as “short song,” and is better known in its five-line, 5/7/5/7/7 syllable count form.

One of the oldest Japanese forms, tanka originated in the seventh century and quickly became the preferred verse form not only in the Japanese Imperial Court, where nobles competed in tanka contests but for women and men engaged in courtship…”

Click to Read: Poets.org – Tanka: Poetic Form to learn more about this ancient Japanese poetry created in the seventh century.

In the Zone


When inspiration –
finds a creative haven
deep within my mind,
the magic of written words
flows with my intensity.

© 2018 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. Absolutely In the Zone!

  2. So beautiful. I’m in love! ❤ Can’t wait to try it out, too!

  3. Perfect. Thanks, Colleen.

  4. You, maven of the creative, haven! Well done.

  5. Being in the zone feels great. Thanks, Colleen! 🙂

  6. Lovely Colleen. Very much the writer’s experience.

  7. Pingback: Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 67 – Play & Guess #SynonymsOnly – colleenchesebro.com

  8. Oh, Colleen, this is lovely. I like “creative haven”. I think that’s where all writers reside.

  9. Great tanka Colleen!

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