COLLEEN’S WEEKLY #TANKA TUESDAY #POETRY CHALLENGE, NO. 73: ENERGY & KNOWLEDGE, #SNYONYMSONLY

Welcome to Tanka Tuesday!

Hi! I’m glad to see you here. Are you ready to write some poetry?

HERE’S THE CATCH: You can’t use the prompt words! SYNONYMS ONLY!

I hope you will support the other poets with visits to blogs and by leaving comments. Sharing each other’s work on social media is always nice too.


Please note: We are all students of poetry. I have given you the instructions on how to write the different forms. Try your best to be as exact as you can. There are no tests, and I don’t grade your work. LOL!

The most meaningful change you will learn about is in writing a Haiku vs. a Senryu. Also, remember, pronunciation in various parts of the world will affect your syllable count. Go with your gut on deciding the syllable count. You are the poet and the creator of your work.

The main reason why I sponsor this challenge is to help budding poets learn how to write various forms of poetry. Remember, if you are sending your poetry for publication in literary journals, contests, or self-publishing, you should know the correct forms and use them.


paper-3108236_1920OPPORTUNITIES FOR POETS 

Dime Show Review publishes fiction, flash fiction, ten-word stories, poetry, and essays, both online and in print. They are looking for literature that suspends doubt, writing that appears of its own accord and tells secrets we never suspected but always knew.

Dime Show Review is published three times a year in print, and online on a rolling basis. They accept submissions from February 1 through November 1 each year, and they respond to most submissions within two to twelve weeks. Authors who don’t receive a response within three months are welcome to query.

Authors of fiction may submit one complete story, 3,000 words or fewer. Authors of flash fiction may submit one story, 1,000 words or fewer. Dime Show Review also publishes ten-word stories. Authors may submit up to two of these, and they should be complete stories, exactly ten words each. Poets may submit up to two poems in any form, no longer than two pages each. Authors of nonfiction may submit one essay, 3,000 words or fewer. Submitting authors can read selections from Dime Show Review online to get a sense of their style.

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Launched in 2005, Mookychick—an online publisher of fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and reviews—has evolved into a community forum for just about everything. Eclectic and inclusive, they aim to connect like minds of all varieties. From fashion to faith and everything beyond, upside-down, and in-between—Mookychick wants to know about it. The best way to get a sense of what they like is to read the magazine online.

Mookychick is published frequently, and since 2005 they’ve showcased over 600 regular contributors. Although they don’t pay authors, they promote poets and writers by publishing author profiles and sharing their work with a broad readership.

Authors of fiction may submit short stories up to 2,000 words in length. Mookychick also likes to publish flash fiction up to 500 words, and 50-word stories that are exactly 50 words (not including the title). Poets are also welcome to submit.

Mookychick publishes a wide variety of nonfiction. They like articles on personal matters of all types, articles on self-care, opinion pieces, and interviews. They also publish reviews of books, comics, games, music, and events. They usually prefer pieces that are at least 350 words in length, but they also publish photo essays with fewer words. They don’t impose a maximum word count because they want authors to write until they’re finished.

All submissions should include a third-person bio, and authors can choose to include a personal link and photo if they want. Mookychick likes to build each author an individual profile page.

They accept submissions from all types of people and aim to promote marginalized voices as often as they can. They prefer pieces on marginalized perspectives to be written by people who embody those perspectives.

Mookychick accepts submissions via email, not online or by post. They don’t accept previously published work, even if it only appeared on a personal blog or social media.

If you would like to learn more or submit to Mookychick, please visit their website at mookychick.com.

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Image credit: writingquotes.com

For Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge, you can write your poem in one of the forms defined below. Click on the link to learn about each type:

HAIKU IN ENGLISH 5/7/5 syllable structure. A Haiku is written about seasonal changes, nature, and change in general.

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.

HAIBUN IN ENGLISH Every Haibun must begin with a title. Haibun prose is composed of short, 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 unnecessary words should be pared down or removed. Nothing must ever be overstated.

The poetry never tries 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 – different yet somehow connected.

Cinquain ALSO: Check out the Cinquain variations listed here: Cinquain-Wikipedia These are acceptable methods to use also. Please add what forms you are using so we can learn from you. ❤

Cinquain instructions

Senryu in English 5/7/5 syllable structure. A Senryu is written about love, a personal event, and have IRONY present. Click the link to learn the meaning of irony.

senryu v. haiku

Image credit: Pinterest.com

(Currently, free-verse prose poems are NOT part of this challenge)

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

thesaurus.com

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

howmanysyllables.com

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

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The Rules

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.

WRITE YOUR POEM ON YOUR BLOG as a post.

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) Denver time, 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.Choose synonyms from those words for your poetry. You, the poet, now have more control over the direction of your writing. Follow the rules carefully. Don’t use the prompt words.

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 taking part 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.

 I got your back

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 #Senryu, #CinquainPoetry

IF YOU DO NOT HAVE YOUR TWITTER ACCOUNT LINKED TO YOUR BLOG – I WILL NO LONGER TWEET YOUR POETRY… THERE IS NO SENSE SINCE YOUR TWEET BECOMES PART OF WORDPRESS.COM AND THERE IS NO ATTRIBUTION BACK TO YOU.

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You may copy the badge I have created to go with the Weekly Poetry Challenge Post and place it in your post. It’s not mandatory.

Here’s who joined us last week for our 72nd poetry challenge using synonyms for the words: “Breakthrough & Movement”

Tanka Tuesday | Twenty Four

Stunning Moves – Reena Saxena

Colleen Chesebro Weekly Tanka Tuesday. No. 72 | willowdot21

Tanka Tuesday – Jane Dougherty Writes

Coming Spring – #Tanka | Trent’s World (the Blog)

Headway | method two madness

Backyard Choice – Tanka – PrairieChat

haiku: breakthrough movement | Does writing excuse watching?

Road trip – ….Bilocalalia….

COLLEEN’S WEEKLY #TANKA TUESDAY POETRY CHALLENGE #Tanka #72: Breakthrough & Movement | But I Smile Anyway…

Forward – thehouseofbailey

Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challenge Breakthrough & Movement | Annette Rochelle Aben

In the Wind | thoughts and entanglements

Forward – Scott Andrew Bailey

neelwrites/breakthrough/poem/haiku/21/02/2018 | neelwritesblog

Drink… | Sue Vincent’s Daily Echo

Beckoning Sign | Stuff and what if…

Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge & Encrusted – The Bag Lady

“My Journey,” A Reverse #Cinquain – colleenchesebro.com

Their Awakened Voice: A #Tanka Tuesday-on-a-Wednesday #tankaprose…#haiku #haibun #poetry – Frank J. Tassone

Micro Poetry – Breakthrough & Movement! | radhikasreflection

On the Rocks – Calm and Chaos

Haibun: Sita – elysianandcynosure

Raging River – Colleen’s Tanka Challenge – No-Madder Nomadder

Spring Blooms: Tanka | Yesterday and today: Merril’s historical musings

Tanka Challenge No. 72 – Life Inspired Poetry & Quotes

Quantum Grief | like mercury colliding…

The dog poet branches out | Mucky Boots and Flawless Paws

#Tanka: Drifting | Charmed Chaos

TANKA FOR TANKA TUESDAY #72 Breakthrough and Movement. #Haiku, #Tanka, #micropoetry – The Kettle Clicks…

Colleen’s Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challenge No. 72 Breakthrough and Movement | M J Mallon Author

#Poetry Challenge – Breakthrough and movement – Robbie’s inspiration

Weekly #Tanka Tuesday – Challenge #72/Katja Rammer

poet of the week

For this week’s POET OF THE WEEK spot, I wanted to share with you some of the poetry that was submitted about the recent events in the U. S. and the gun control issue. Whether you believe in the politics or not, you can’t dispute the passion these poems evoke.

Poetry has always been written as a way to express thoughts about change. Poetry is also a great way to get emotions to run high with the intention of swaying opinion. Ethos, Pathos, and Logos are modes of persuasion used to convince audiences. (Pathosethoslogos.com) Each of the following poems are excellent examples of this philosophy. If you want people to love your writing learn from Aristotle’s Three Proofs. ❤

Quantum Grief | like mercury colliding…

Quantum Grief

a change is coming
a shift in the universe
a life and death fight
victims on the offensive
a crusade of the hunted

the brave among us
fierce children advance this coup
seen and not silenced

~kat

Their Awakened Voice: A #Tanka Tuesday-on-a-Wednesday #tankaprose…#haiku #haibun #poetry – Frank J. Tassone

Stoneman Douglas students speak out

Alan Alvarez, Independent Florida Alligator

Their Awakened Voice

rising from the dust

another generation

speaks truth to power

from where else will progress come

than those that struggle to change?

Young high-schoolers saw their friends die. They aged beyond the years in heartbeats measured against the scatter of automatic fire. But they now transcend victimhood and embrace their new identity: survivors.

Hear their voice. See how they stand in the house of their state’s leaders. Tremble in awe as they speak, standing in the light of day denied their friends. However you judge their words, understand that they raise their voice. They will not be silenced.

If they are muted, even the stones will cry out. Just as the blood of their fallen already do.

What of the folly

of pouring new wine

into old wineskins?

Witness the pouring out

of hard labor made in vain

Scott Andrew Bailey.uk

Forward

Maybe
From the chaos
From all the death and anger
We can find a better answer
We Need

I used the American form rather than the didactic.

Thoughtsandentanglements.wordpress.com

a shift in the wind
signaling new steps forward –
hope in young voices
rising above placations
now, time for speeches is up

Pat R

Here are the two prompt words for this week’s challenge: “Energy & Knowledge”

#SynonymsOnly

 

123017_1944_MyMostPopul1.pngIT’S TANKA TUESDAY! JOIN IN & WRITE SOME POETRY!

“The Dig,” Flash Fiction

Carrot Ranch writing challenge

February 22, 2018, Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story about a unicorn. It can be realistic or fantastical. Go where the prompt leads.

Respond by February 27, 2018, to be included in the compilation (published February 28). Rules are here. All writers are welcome!

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As an archeologist, I spent hours looking for the bony remains of ancient creatures. Today, my frustration mounted. The land yielded nothing. If I didn’t find something valuable soon my funding would end.

A dry wind blew eddies of grit across a long, twisted object lodged in the ground. I brushed away the sand unveiling the skeleton of a prehistoric horse with a horn projecting from its skull. My trepidation mounted. Who would believe I had unearthed the bones of a mythological creature – a unicorn?

I felt the tremors of the earthquake begin as the land reclaimed my secret.

© 2018 Colleen M. Chesebro

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happy saturday Enjoy this magical day! ❤

“My Journey,” A Reverse #Cinquain

Tanka tuesday

For my Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challenge this week I used finding for breakthrough, and journey for movement.

New Cinquain Poetry Forms

Cinquain – Wikipedia

(Many Thanks to Scott from the House of Bailey.Wordpress.com for the information)

* Reverse Cinquain: A form with one 5-line stanza in a syllabic pattern of two, eight, six, four, and two. Click the link above to learn new ways of writing Cinquain poetry.

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Journey –

finding out what makes my heart soar

empathic connections

crystals and runes

divine

❤

© 2018 Colleen M. Chesebro

Image-1 (1)Find your poetry magic and start writing!

 

 

 

 

#Fairies, #Myths, & #Magic 2018 Author Spotlight Guest Posts: “The Black Shuck of East Anglia,” by Author, Robbie Cheadle

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This week, I am pleased to introduce you to author, Robbie Cheadle. Robbie creates the most spectacular cakes and sweets with her son, Michael.

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Robbie created this cake for a Christmas charity event.

Robbie is creative in each and every one of her endeavors. She is an avid reader and an accomplished poet in addition to creating children’s books under the Sir Chocolate label with her son Michael.

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Author, Robbie Cheadle

“Robbie Cheadle was born in London in the United Kingdom. Her father died when she was three months old and her mother immigrated to South Africa with her tiny baby girl. Robbie has lived in Johannesburg, George and Cape Town in South Africa and attended fourteen different schools. This gave her lots of opportunities to meet new people and learn lots of social skills as she was frequently “the new girl”.

Robbie is a qualified Chartered Accountant and specialises in corporate finance with a specific interest in listed entities and stock markets. Robbie has written a number of publications on listing equities and debt instruments in Africa and foreign direct investment into Africa.

Robbie is married to Terence Cheadle and they have two lovely boys, Gregory and Michael. Michael (aged 11) is the co-author of the Sir Chocolate series of books and attends school in Johannesburg. Gregory (aged 14) is an avid reader and assists Robbie and Michael with filming and editing their YouTube videos and editing their books. Robbie is also the author of the new Silly Willy series the first of which, Silly Willy goes to Cape Town, is now available.”

Today, Robbie has an interesting tale to share with you. I must say I was excited because it was a story I had heard many years ago when I was stationed at RAF Lakenheath in the U.K.

“Do you know who “Black Shuck” is?”

Black Shuck

“The Black Shuck of East Anglia”

by Robbie Cheadle

My family and my Mother visited the United Kingdom in August 2017. We love England and have a lot of family there, so we always look forward to these trips. We were staying in a house in Faversham, Kent but we were also going to visit my Mother’s hometown of Bungay in Suffolk.

We wanted to visit my Mother’s two brothers that still live in this area, but we also wanted to spend some time poking around my Mother’s hometown as we were in the process of writing an autobiographic children’s novel about her life and experiences as a child in growing up during World War II.

It was a very interesting experience for me to visit Nethergate Street and see the house where my Mother was born and all the interesting little alleys and lanes she had told me about. We visited St Mary’s Church and the town square.

It was while visiting these two places that I learned the story of the Black Shuck of Bungay. The Black Shuck features in the town’s weathervane and its coat of arms.

According to the legend, the Black Shuck, a ghostly dog, is said to roam the coastline and countryside of East Anglia. The name Shuck is thought to derive from the Old English word scucca meaning “witch”, or possibly from the local dialect word shucky meaning “shaggy” or “hairy”.

Of course, this interesting story had to make its way into our book, While the Buzz Bombs Fell, and this is the extract:

“Each Church had a graveyard and the children felt very nervous walking past them even though some of the gravestones had very beautiful angels on them. These were the graves of babies and children. Elsie was particularly nervous when she walked past the graveyard of St Mary’s Church because of the legend of the Black Shuck.

Elsie’s brothers had told her the legend of the Black Shuck which was a ghostly dog that was said to roam the coastline and countryside of East Anglia. Her brothers said that the dog had huge flaming eyes the size of saucers.

She had been told the story of when the Black Shuck burst into St Mary’s Church, which she attended on a Sunday with her family, more than 350 years before. The people of Bungay were sheltering in the Church during a terrible thunderstorm with hail, lightning, and thunder. A terrific clap of thunder shook the Church and the black dog suddenly appeared in the midst of the people. It tore around the Church attacking many people in the Church with its vicious teeth and claws.

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“Black Shuck” – Cambridge Ghost Tours

Her brothers had even repeated a spine-chilling verse that described this event:

“All down the church in midst of fire,

the hellish monster flew,

and, passing onward to the quire,

he many people slew.”

Elsie had seen a depiction of the Black Shuck in the Bungay Market where the silhouette of the black dog riding a lightning bold, teeth bared and wild-eyed, comprised the weathervane that stood there. When she had first heard the story, and seen the weathervane, they had scared her so much that she had slept badly for weeks afterward.”

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Robbie and Michael Cheadle’s books

Sir Chocolate books – currently available in hard copy and as ebooks

A5 format for children aged 6 to 9 years

Books Robbie

 Square format for younger children aged 2 to 5 years

Sir Chocolate and the strawberry cream berries story and cookbook:

Sir Chocolate and Lady Sweet live in the Chocolate land where you can eat absolutely everything. Join them on a fantastic adventure to find the amazing strawberry cream berry and learn how to make some of their scrumptious recipes at the same time.

Sir Chocolate and the baby cookie monster story and cookbook:

Sir Chocolate and Lady Sweet find a lost baby cookie monster. Join them on an adventure to return the baby to its mother and learn how to make some of their delicious recipes at the same time.

Sir Chocolate and the sugar dough bees story and cookbook:

A greedy snail damages the flower fields and the fondant bees are in danger of starving. Join Sir Chocolate on an adventure to find the fruit drop fairies who have magic healing powers and discover how to make some of his favourite foods on the way.

Sir Chocolate and the Condensed Milk River story and cookbook:

The Condensed Milk River where Sir Chocolate goes fishing has stopped flowing. The water creatures are losing their homes. Can Sir Chocolate and Lady Sweet solve this problem? Includes five lovely new recipes.

Silly Willy goes to Cape Town currently available in hardcopy and as an ebook

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Amazon link

Blurb: When the George family go on holiday to Cape Town, Cautious Craig cannot believe what he has to endure at the hands of his naughty and willful younger brother, Silly Willy. Willy throws tantrums at the most embarrassing and inappropriate times, causes a commotion on the aeroplane and tries to steal a chameleon from Butterfly World. What is a poor older brother expected to do in these situations?

Coming in 2018

Sir Chocolate and the sugar crystal caves story and cookbook:

Sir Chocolate and Lady Sweet journey to the sugar crystal caves to collect the sugar water they need to make their soda pop. To get to the Chocolate Chip Hills they must cross the Chocolate Mousse Swamp infested with alligator sours and a meringue ghost. When they arrive, they discover that the sugar crystals are melting, and something needs to be done to save them. Learn how to make some four fun creations out of biscuits and the sugar crystals too.

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Follow Robbie Cheadle at:

Blog: robbiesinspiration.wordpress.com

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15584446.Robbie_Cheadle

Plus.google: https://plus.google.com/105609586198905397891

Facebook: @SirChocolateBooks

Twitter: @bakeandwrite

Purchase Robbie and Michael Cheadle’s Books from:

https://www.amazon.com/author/robbiecheadle

OR

http://tinyurl.com/zdokqjr

fairy witch rainbow magicThanks for stopping by to hear about The Black Shuck and to meet Robbie Cheadle. By the way, would you be interested in appearing in my Author Spotlight – Guest Posts? I’m looking for posts dedicated to the themes of fairies, myths, and magic where published authors can show off their writing skills by stretching their wings and stepping out of their genre comfort zones if need be.

I want self-published authors to share their books and to tell us about the magic it took to create them.  If you are an enthusiastic published author and would like to be featured on my blog, please click HERE to find out more.” ~Colleen~

 

 

 

 

Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge, No. 72: Breakthrough & Movement, #SnyonymsOnly

Welcome to Tanka Tuesday!

Hi! I’m glad to see you here. Are you ready to write some poetry?

HERE’S THE CATCH: You can’t use the prompt words! SYNONYMS ONLY!

I hope you will support the other poets with visits to blogs and by leaving comments. Sharing each other’s work on social media is always nice too.


Please note: We are all students of poetry. I have given you the instructions on how to write the different forms. Try your best to be as exact as you can. There are no tests, and I don’t grade your work. LOL!

The most meaningful change you will learn about is in writing a Haiku vs. a Senryu. Also, remember, pronunciation in various parts of the world will affect your syllable count. Go with your gut on deciding the syllable count. You are the poet and the creator of your work.

The main reason why I sponsor this challenge is to help budding poets learn how to write various forms of poetry. Remember, if you are sending your poetry for publication in literary journals, contests, or self-publishing, you should know the correct forms and use them.


paper-3108236_1920OPPORTUNITIES FOR POETS 

Dime Show Review publishes fiction, flash fiction, ten-word stories, poetry, and essays, both online and in print. They are looking for literature that suspends doubt, writing that appears of its own accord and tells secrets we never suspected but always knew.

Dime Show Review is published three times a year in print, and online on a rolling basis. They accept submissions from February 1 through November 1 each year, and they respond to most submissions within two to twelve weeks. Authors who don’t receive a response within three months are welcome to query.

Authors of fiction may submit one complete story, 3,000 words or fewer. Authors of flash fiction may submit one story, 1,000 words or fewer. Dime Show Review also publishes ten-word stories. Authors may submit up to two of these, and they should be complete stories, exactly ten words each. Poets may submit up to two poems in any form, no longer than two pages each. Authors of nonfiction may submit one essay, 3,000 words or fewer. Submitting authors can read selections from Dime Show Review online to get a sense of their style.


 

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Image Credit: Writingquotes.com

For Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge, you can write your poem in one of the forms defined below. Click on the link to learn about each type:

HAIKU IN ENGLISH 5/7/5 syllable structure. A Haiku is written about seasonal changes, nature, and change in general.

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.

HAIBUN IN ENGLISH Every Haibun must begin with a title. Haibun prose is composed of short, 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 unnecessary words should be pared down or removed. Nothing must ever be overstated.

The poetry never tries 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 – different yet somehow connected.

Cinquain ALSO: Check out the Cinquain variations listed here: Cinquain-Wikipedia These are acceptable methods to use also. Please add what forms you are using so we can learn from you. ❤

Cinquain instructions

Senryu in English 5/7/5 syllable structure. A Senryu is written about love, a personal event, and have IRONY present. Click the link to learn the meaning of irony.

senryu v. haiku

Image credit: Pinterest.com

(Currently, free-verse prose poems are NOT part of this challenge)

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

thesaurus.com

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

howmanysyllables.com

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

122517_1826_ColleensWee7.png

The Rules

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.

WRITE YOUR POEM ON YOUR BLOG as a post.

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) Denver time, 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. Choose synonyms from those words for your poetry. You, the poet, now have more control over the direction of your writing. Follow the rules carefully. Don’t use the prompt words.

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 taking part 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.

 I got your back

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 #Senryu, #CinquainPoetry

IF YOU DO NOT HAVE YOUR TWITTER ACCOUNT LINKED TO YOUR BLOG – I WILL NO LONGER TWEET YOUR POETRY… THERE IS NO SENSE SINCE YOUR TWEET BECOMES PART OF WORDPRESS.COM AND THERE IS NO ATTRIBUTION BACK TO YOU.

Tanka tuesday

You may copy the badge I have created to go with the Weekly Poetry Challenge Post and place it in your post. It’s not mandatory.

Here’s who joined us last week for our 71st poetry challenge using synonyms for the words: “Character & Affection”

Haiku – Character & Love | radhikasreflection

Motley | Sue Vincent’s Daily Echo

COLLEEN’S WEEKLY #TANKA TUESDAY POETRY CHALLENGE #Tanka #Cinquain #71: Character & Affection | But I Smile Anyway… 

Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challenge Character & Affection | Annette Rochelle Aben

Haiku Challenge: Character and Affection | Does writing excuse watching?

Kenosis: A #tankaprose of Love…#haiku #tanka #haibun #poetry – Frank J. Tassone

Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge 71 – The Bag Lady

TANKA FOR TANKA TUESDAY #71- CHARACTER & AFFECTION #Haiku, #Tanka, #micropoetry – The Kettle Clicks…

Dear Cupid, – Bilocalalia

Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Poetry Challenge no. 71 Character and Affection | M J Mallon Author

Fait Accompli! – Smell The Coffee

Colleen Chesebro Weekly Tanka Tuesday. | willowdot21

Empathy | like mercury colliding…

Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka Tuesday – The Secret Letters to Timbo 

Final try – Playing with words

Inner Rhymes | Stuff and what if…

Renewal | thoughts and entanglements

“The Collective,” A Tanka – colleenchesebro.com

The Cock – thehouseofbailey

Between Realities – Calm and Chaos

Colleen’s Tanka Tuesday: Bond & Seek – Afterwards

The dog poet writes again. | Mucky Boots and Flawless Paws

Pathways | method two madness

#Tanka: Gypsy Rose | Charmed Chaos

February Birthday Roses: Haibun | Yesterday and today: Merril’s historical musings

Weekly poetry challenge – qunituple #Tanka | Katja Rammer

Stands Alone – Colleens Tanka Challenge – No-Madder Nomadder

poet of the week

Our POET OF THE WEEK is by Ben, the Dog Poet, from the blog, Mucky Boots & Flawless Paws. Ben says, “By the way, this is the best poem about dogs by a two-legged thing that I have come across.” You might want to check out: Dog Dreams too!

Other than the fact that I ADORE dogs who write poetry, the simplicity of Ben’s words tells the whole story of this Senryu and the fabulous picture posted with the poem. It just felt like something a dog would write about. Sometimes the simplest things bring the most pleasure. ❤

Impishly climbing

Folding into warm contours

Dissolving in dreams

                    By Ben, the dog poet 

© 2018 Ben, the dog poet ❤

Here are the two prompt words for this week’s challenge: “Breakthrough & Movement”

#SynonymsOnly

 

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Confessions of a History Student: Messages and Intuition

Ali Isaac writes about Irish myths, legends, and tales. Today she has a special offer – a free book! I got my copy… did you get yours?

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You may have noticed there was no blog post from me last week. I try really hard to keep the blog updated as often as I can, but sometimes things happen which change that, and this was one of those…

Source: Confessions of a History Student: Messages and Intuition

“Hoarfrost” Flash Fiction – Cinquain Prose

Carrot Ranch writing challenge

The Carrot Ranch Literary Community Challenge for February 15, 2018, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story on ice. It can be an event on the ice, a game on ice or a drink on ice. Go where the prompt leads you.

Respond by February 20, 2018, to be included in the compilation (published February 21). Rules are here. All writers are welcome!

Angel frost

Icy
glacial diamonds
cooling, freezing, frosting
intense biting frosty water
hoarfrost

I gazed at the lacy hoarfrost wrought in outlines of filigree angels permeating the inside of the cabin’s window panes. If the cold hadn’t been so deadly the rime might be considered picturesque. But not today. The freeze had descended quickly, and we were unprepared for the penetrating chill. Our fire had burned down to a gray ash. A layer of frost concealed the blanket covering our bodies. Deep sleep hovered. My eyes closed knowing the end was near. My last thoughts conceded that climate change was real.

© 2018 Colleen M. Chesebro

Click HERE to learn more about Cinquain Poetry.

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“The Collective,” A Tanka

It’s that time of the week and if the itch to write has turned into a slow burn… Get writing!

Join my weekly Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challenge and get your brain waves thinking in new ways. Write some poetry!

This week, I’ve used the word, “ethos,” as my synonym for character and “altruism” for the word, affection. The words led me back to the fairy nymph collective portrayed in my debut novel, The Heart Stone Chronicles: The Swamp Fairy.

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Image Credit: The Swamp Fairy designed by Wendy Anne Darling of Bookxeedo Book Covers

The Collective rules –
in the fairy nymph ethos,
dictates altruism,
toward the care of the earth
predetermined by the gods.

©2018 Colleen M. Chesebro

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In my novel, the Collective is comprised of seven fairy nymph clans who are differentiated by the color of their eyes which mimics the colors of a rainbow. I took some liberties with the Greek myths, to say the least.

I used the symbolism of a rainbow to represent the elements of the supernatural, hope, and enlightenment.

“In Thai (Theravada) Buddhist mythology, the rainbow represents a staircase linking the earth to the heavens which the nagas (member of a class of mythical semidivine beings, half human and half cobra) can descend to the earth.” (Khandro.net)

Fairy nymph Clans in THSC

Nymphs are divided into types (here, alphabetically) and where they reside on the earth.

Alseids (groves) color: violet

Dryads (forests) color: orange

Hamadryads (trees) color: yellow

Meliaes (meadows) color: blue

Naiads (springs and rivers) color: green

Oceanids (the sea) color: indigo

Oreads (mountains) color: red

The Fairy Nymph Collective resides between the tears in the fabric of time called the horizontal realm. The nymphs were placed here by the gods to protect Mother Gaia.

My protagonist, Abby Forester received the gift of clairaudience from the gods for a reason. She acts as a liaison between the human world and the Collective.

Abby’s ability to communicate telepathically with the animals, birds, insects and even the fairy nymphs require her to shoulder a responsibility most teenagers wouldn’t be able to handle. Soon it becomes apparent that the blessings of an inheritance sometimes require the repayment of a debt.

Intrigued? You can find the novel here:

fairy witch rainbow magicThanks for stopping by! ❤

#Fairies, #Myths, & #Magic 2018 Author Spotlight Guest Post:

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Hello, and welcome to my Spotlight Author Guest posts where you can meet independently published authors and sample some of their work. My inspiration was to give independent authors another place where they could connect with readers.

I asked for posts dedicated to the themes of fairies, myths, and magic where authors could show off their writing skills by stretching their wings and stepping out of their genre comfort zones if need be. I also wanted them to tell you about their books and to share the magic it took to create them.

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It’s Valentine’s Day and what a better way to celebrate the holiday by introducing you to a new author. Let me introduce you to Anne Marie Andrus who is a New Jersey author, with a New Orleans obsession.

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Author, Anne Marie Andrus

Hi Colleen!

Thank you so much for the invitation to guest post your blog! I feel honored to be in the company of so many awesome indie authors!

Just this past October, I published my first novel Monsters & Angels, a vampire romance set in 1936. The story begins in New York City and travels through the brutal jungles of Nepal, but the main setting is the spooky and sultry streets of New Orleans.

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Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop, New Orleans, LA

Wow, October—was that 4 months ago already? Time flies and 2017 was certainly an action-packed year for me.

Taking the plunge and hitting the publish button for Monsters was pretty scary, but it gave me the privilege of introducing the world to leading lady, Sorcha Alden. As a newly graduated nurse, Sorcha confronts tragedy, accepts the challenge and finds herself in the center of a world beyond her imagination Along the way, she falls in love with Dr. Vir Ashayle. Of course, it’s complicated. Isn’t it always?

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From Raimond, her charismatic mentor, Sorcha learns that nobody chooses who they love, not even vampires. So, she follows her heart and she keeps a diary…

“At this late hour, the tall windows are dark and the iron balcony empty.

Perfect timing for a visit.

The address is the same and my skeleton key still fits.

Evidence of the modern world is everywhere yet this city never really changes. The shutters are repainted, but they’re still crooked. The roofs are patched, but they still sag. My guess—it was built this way. A perpetual state of elegant disrepair.

This building is no exception, though our love nest is less of a secret now. From exclusive parties and private séances to quiet nights when locals slip through the back door—insiders know where the supernatural fringe and the mortal world collide.

It wasn’t our first time. That night in the Himalayas was innocent, or as innocent as it gets. This place witnessed different firsts. The vampire and her human lover, facing down fearsome legend and dire warnings in the name of love. And later, after the plague, the undead couple just scratching the surface of their potential. Nobody imagined the magic that would come from our union.

The round table sits in darkness, place settings untouched, though one wineglass is missing.

Eight steps up the creaky staircase. Distant chanting tickles my ears while incense wafts through the dark foyer. Candles remain unlit until I pass through the outer chambers and step under a brick arch. Flames jump to life, illuminating crimson tassels, antique paintings and the faces of ancient royalty.

The chair at the farthest end of the room beckons, the best seat in the house. I can see my reflection flickering in every gilded mirror. There, the missing wineglass awaits, as if left by a phantom. One sip and I know it was meant for me.

The exquisite taste, intoxicating scent and thundering power of your desert blood, floating on the velvet melody of bells.”

-Sorcha Alden

I mentioned earlier that 2017 was a very busy year! I entered Dan Alatorre’s Word Weaver Writing Contest twice, and won second place both times! Two of my stories were accepted for the supernatural/horror anthology, The Box Under The Bed.

The community and support I discovered while participating in the contest and anthology is incredible! I encourage everyone to take part in the upcoming Word Weaver Contest in March 2018!

For 2018, I’m working on a prequel to Monsters & Angels, called simply, The Vampire Raimond. This novella was a bit unplanned, but I received so much love for Raimond, I feel compelled to write his story.

The sequel to Monsters is also in progress, with the working title Blood & Diamonds.

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HOW TO CONNECT WITH THE AUTHOR

Author Blog: AnneMarieAndrus.com

Author Facebook

Monsters & Angels Blog

Twitter @MonstersNAngels

Goodreads

Night nightThanks for stopping by to hear about Monsters & Angels and to meet Anne Marie Andrus. By the way, would you be interested in appearing in my Author Spotlight – Guest Posts? I’m looking for themed posts about fairies, myths, and magic. If you are an enthusiastic author and would like to be featured on my blog, please click HERE to find out more.” ~Colleen~

Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge, No. 71: Character & Affection, #SnyonymsOnly

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Welcome to Tanka Tuesday!

Hi! I’m glad to see you here. Are you ready to write some poetry?

HERE’S THE CATCH: You can’t use the prompt words! SYNONYMS ONLY!

I hope you will support the other poets with visits to blogs and by leaving comments. Sharing each other’s work on social media is always nice too.


Please note: We are all students of poetry. I have given you the instructions on how to write the different forms. Try your best to be as exact as you can. There are no tests, and I don’t grade your work. LOL!

The most meaningful change you will learn about is in writing a Haiku vs. a Senryu. Also, remember, pronunciation in various parts of the world will affect your syllable count. Go with your gut on deciding the syllable count. You are the poet and the creator of your work.

The main reason why I sponsor this challenge is to help budding poets learn how to write various forms of poetry. Remember, if you are sending your poetry for publication in literary journals, contests, or self-publishing, you should know the correct forms and use them.


 

Happy Valentine's Day

For Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge, you can write your poem in one of the forms defined below. Click on the link to learn about each type:

HAIKU IN ENGLISH 5/7/5 syllable structure. A Haiku is written about seasonal changes, nature, and change in general.

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.

HAIBUN IN ENGLISH Every Haibun must begin with a title. Haibun prose is composed of short, 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 unnecessary words should be pared down or removed. Nothing must ever be overstated.

The poetry never tries 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 – different yet somehow connected.

Cinquain

Cinquain instructions

Senryu in English 5/7/5 syllable structure. A Senryu is written about love, a personal event, and have IRONY present. Click the link to learn the meaning of irony.

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(Currently, free-verse prose poems are NOT part of this challenge)

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

thesaurus.com

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

howmanysyllables.com

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

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The Rules

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.

WRITE YOUR POEM ON YOUR BLOG as a post.

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) Denver time, 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. Choose synonyms from those words for your poetry. You, the poet, now have more control over the direction of your writing. Follow the rules carefully. Don’t use the prompt words.

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 taking part 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.

 I got your back

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 #Senryu, #CinquainPoetry

IF YOU DO NOT HAVE YOUR TWITTER ACCOUNT LINKED TO YOUR BLOG – I WILL NO LONGER TWEET YOUR POETRY… THERE IS NO SENSE SINCE YOUR TWEET BECOMES PART OF WORDPRESS.COM AND THERE IS NO ATTRIBUTION BACK TO YOU.

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You may copy the badge I have created to go with the Weekly Poetry Challenge Post and place it in your post. It’s not mandatory.

Here’s who joined us last week for our 70th poetry challenge using the words: Bond & Seek:

Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge – The Bag Lady

The Willow | thoughts and entanglements

Dens of Vice – Reena Saxena

Cinquain: Brief shower – Jane Dougherty Writes

The Struggle – #Tanka | Trent’s World (the Blog)

Colleen Chesebro Weekly Tanka Tuesday. 6/2/18. | willowdot21

COLLEEN’S WEEKLY #TANKA TUESDAY POETRY CHALLENGE #Tank#VotesFor Women #100Years a #70: Destiny & Challenge | But I Smile Anyway…

Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge – BobFairfield.org

Colleen’s Weekly 2018 #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge, No. 70 “DESTINY & CHALLENGE” – thehouseofbailey

Complete Opposites – Rivrvloger

Grappling with fate | like mercury colliding…

neelwrites/challenge&dare/poem/tanka/07/02/2018 | neelwritesblog

February Changed: Tanka | Yesterday and today: Merril’s historical musings

Repent | method two madness

…made it halfway – Bilocalalia

Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challenge Destiny & Challenge | Annette Rochelle Aben

Nemesis | Sue Vincent’s Daily Echo

Of Love and Struggle: a #tankaprose…#tanka #haiku #poetry – Frank J. Tassone

Colleen’s Weekly : “DESTINY & CHALLENGE” – The Secret Letters to Timbo

TANKA FOR TANKA TUESDAY – DESTINY & CHALLENGE #Haiku, #Tanka, #micropoetry, #poetry – The Kettle Clicks…

#Colleen’s poetry contest – Destiny and challenge – Robbie’s inspiration

#Tanka: The Gate | Charmed Chaos

Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challenge #70: Destiny & Challenge (Synonyms Only)-Haibun | Stuff and what if…

Micro Poetry – Challenge & Destiny! | radhikasreflection

Defiant – Smell The Coffee

Colleen’s Weekly 2018 Tanka Tuesday Challenge No 70 – Destiny and Challenge | M J Mallon Author

Searching the stars | The Syllabub Sea

Munro Buddy Turns Budding Poet – Mucky Boots & Flawless Paws

IT’S TANKA TUESDAY! JOIN IN & WRITE SOME POETRY! – mallie1025Wildlife

Defiance (Tanka) – No-Madder Nomadder

“Serendipity,” A Tanka – colleenchesebro.com

 Weekly Poetry Challenge – Katja Rammer

poet of the week

Our POET OF THE WEEK is Vivian Zems, from her blog, Smell the Coffee and her poem called “Defiant.”

I love the way her words roll off your tongue. The alliteration is perfect, and the third line pivot sets the tone for the entire piece relating to the top two lines and the last two lines. Perfect.

“Defiant”

Cold of heart is he
who dares life’s repercussions 
foolhardy of mind
is he who stares karma down
defying fate’s just reward

© 2018 Vivian Zems
(#Tanka)

Here are the two prompt words for this week’s challenge: CHARACTER & AFFECTION

#SynonymsOnly

 

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