A Fish Tale – #Flash #Fiction


April 26, 2018, Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a fish tale. It can be about fishing from any angle, about those who fish, or what might be caught. Go where the prompt leads. Respond by May 1, 2018. 



For one day each year, she could swim in the sea. The rest of the time, Aria found herself choked with fear knowing she couldn’t swim.

At dawn, Aria closed her eyes and dove beneath the waves. With firm strokes she slipped between the green ribbons of seaweed undulating below. Golden sunlight streaks pierced the darkness reflecting off the jeweled scales of a massive fish maneuvering in the deep.

Aria headed toward the reef. She had to make the most of the day. She flipped her tail in joyous abandon. It was a good day to be a mermaid.


©2018 Colleen M. Chesebro




Welcome to the Tanka Tuesday Poetry Recap featuring the poetry of poets from around the globe. If you would like to participate in this challenge, you can learn the rules on the menu item called Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Tuesday Guidelines.

Each week, I like to highlight a poet, called the Poet of the Week, that I feel has shared an exceptional message, or shown an impassioned creativity through words or form. Poetry is all about perception, so don’t be shocked if you don’t feel the same way about a poem that I do.


This week, I’ve chosen Flint Saunders as the Poet of the Week from his blog, The Kettle Clicks.

I like to think that poetry is all about expressing our feelings and moods. That’s one reason why we write poetry, right? We want to unburden our souls.

The choice of words we use should reflect our thoughts, especially in a Tanka, which is written from the perspective of the poet, usually in the first person. In this poem, I feel  Flint is giving us a glimpse into his thinking as he shares his thoughts about writing and bearing his soul.

There’s a nice rhythm to the words. When you reach the end you get that “aha” moment of clarity and understand why Flint likes writing poetry. ❤

crafting our lyrics

your pain expressed in octaves

beats following hearts

uniting common discourse

there’s magic in empathy

© 2018 Flint Saunders, The Kettle Clicks Blog



Temptations – Reena Saxena

Colleen’s Tanka Challenge: ENCHANT & SHAPE – The Militant Negro™ (A special thank you for all the reblogs <3)

Tanka: Enchant & Shape – Jane Dougherty Writes

Two for Tanka Tuesday 4/24/2018 #tanka | Trent’s World (the Blog)

Tanka – One Spirit – Willow Poetry

Biodiversity – Stargazer

Imagination Tanka Poetry Challenge – Sharing With Others –

COLLEEN’S 2018 WEEKLY #TANKA TUESDAY POETRY CHALLENGE #Tanka #81: Enchant & Shape | But I Smile Anyway… 

Henrietta Watson – All About Blogging and More (A special thank you for all the reblogs <3)

The Song – thehouseofbailey

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

two untitled mirror cinquains – Word Florilegium

Caldron bubble – ….Bilocalalia….

like mercury colliding…

Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge 81 – The Bag Lady

Cantor | Sue Vincent’s Daily Echo

Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 81, ENCHANT & SHAPE, #SynonymsOnly | willowdot21

Calendars | method two madness

Flint Saunders – The Kettle Clicks

Tanka Tanka… – Swerve Strikes Again

Blue Marble, NaPoWriMo, Day 25 – Yesterday and today: Merril’s historical musings

Dance of Nature | Stuff and what if…

A Vernaltide Warning of my Vices and Virtues: A #TankaTuesday (on a Wednesday) #TankaProse – Frank J. Tassone

Colleen’s Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challenge: ENCHANT & SHAPE | The Shower of Blessings

Spelled – Aweni

night sky – Storie Cantabile

Mati Hari – A Tanka – Colleen Chesebro ~ The Fairy Whisperer

Tanka Tuesday | Twenty Four

The enchanted child – Being in Nature

#AtoZChallenge ‘Y is for Yellowing’ #NaPoWriMo #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge | Rereading Jane Eyre

Resilience – Smell The Coffee

Tanka: Earth – Charmed Chaos

Monday Read some poetry to make your Monday the best day ever! ❤


Unicorns & Ascension

I never question where my writing inspiration comes from. I just go with it. When you believe in the possibilities – you never know what you will see. Stay tuned to hear more about The Sisters of the Fey – The Beginning… (This is a repost. The reblog is not working so I re-added the post manually). ❤

Lately, I’ve been thinking about unicorns. It all started a few months ago when I wrote a flash fiction piece about finding the remains of a real unicorn. You can read that here: The Dig. The…

Source: Unicorns & Ascension

Mati Hari – A Tanka

The prompt words for this week’s Weekly Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challenge are “enchant and shape,” from which to find your synonyms. For enchant, I used “bewitched,” and for “shape,” I used “symmetry.”

The words came to me in a flash and I knew I was to write about the most notorious female spy of World War I… when inspiration strikes I don’t question the muse. 😀


Image Credit: Mati Hari on Wikipedia

Unconfined allure –

possession of souls her vice,

corruption her game.

With bewitching symmetry

her promises she couldn’t keep.

© 2018 Colleen M. Chesebro


Mati Hari in 1906, wearing only a bra and jewelry; Image Credit – Wikipedia and quote below:

“Margaretha Geertruida “Margreet” MacLeod (née Zelle; 7 August 1876 – 15 October 1917), better known by the stage name Mata Hari, was a Dutch exotic dancer and courtesan who was convicted of being a spy for Germany during World War I[1] and executed by firing squad in France.[2]

true storyPoetry! Get busy and write some of your own! ❤

How To Create A Beautiful Oracle Deck In 8 Steps — The Traveling Witch

“An Oracle deck is a series of cards with images or words on them that can be used for divination, goal-setting, to lift your mood, or to connect with your intuition or a higher power. There is power in creating something inspired by your intuition. Intention is the “secret sauce” behind…” Click the link below to learn more! ❤

Source: How To Create A Beautiful Oracle Deck In 8 Steps — The Traveling Witch

Colleen’s 2018 #Book #Reviews, “A Haiku Perspective 2018,” by Annette Rochelle Aben

book reviews

Title: A Haiku Perspective 2018

Amazon Author Page: Annette Rochelle Aben

Publication Date: March 26, 2018

Formats: Paperback & Kindle

Genres: Poetry, Japanese & Haiku, Literature & Fiction



This is a magical journey through a year in the life of a poet, presented in the format of haiku. Be entertained and enlightened as you enjoy the worlds of reality and imagination combined artfully. Dreamers will love this book. Writers will enjoy this book. Readers will enjoy this book. Even those who think they could never appreciate poetry, will enjoy this book. Come and be enchanted by the verbal imagery of A Haiku Perspective 2018.


American Poet, Annette Rochelle Aben has created a dynamic collection of syllabic poetry and prose that shouts out her unique perspective on everyday life. Her poetry is filled with humor and pathos expressed through various forms of Haiku, Senryu, and Tanka formats covering a wide range of topics.

Aben’s talent lies in her deep understanding of the human psyche expressed through poetic bursts of emotion that reach out and grab the reader. One of the most powerful verses is called, Absolution:


If I let you see
Some parts of my history
Would they set me free
Wiping clean the deeds
See flowers disguised as weeds

Drink blood the soul bleeds

Blended by the shame
Memories screaming my name

Silence, play the game
Help me to save face
Vanquishing nightmares that chase

Seeking love’s pure grace

© 2018 Annette Rochelle Aben

I enjoy poetry that allows me to reflect on my own thoughts and feelings. At the same time, I appreciate the ability to laugh at one’s own foibles, somehow finding the strength to shrug it off and move on. Aben’s poetry gives the reader the inspiration to look within and like what they see.

This book was listed as a #1 New Release in Japanese Poetry & Haiku. I received a copy of the book as a gift. ❤

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Character Believability: 5
Flow and Pace: 5
Reader Engagement: 5
Reader Enrichment: 5
Reader Enjoyment: 5
Overall Rate: 5 out of 5 Fairies

5 fairies

*I follow the Amazon Rating System*

Colleen's Book ReviewsRating System

About the Author:

Author & Poet, Annette Rochelle Aben

I was born writing! At least this is how it seems. I had the good fortune to be published while a sophomore in high school so continuing the journey by publishing books has been a natural course of events.

I have chosen to release my annual haiku collection in time to celebrate National Poetry Month, in April. A Haiku Perspective 2017 is filled with smiles, laughter, wisdom, and creativity, all cleverly disguised as haiku poetry. Enjoy!

My book, GO YOU some encouragement when you need it, is a pep-talk in a book! Each page gives you a quick way to start your day, help you through a moment or even provide someone else words that can inspire them to a better life. We can all use a cheerleader when one isn’t available; this book fits the bill!!
Most of the books I have published here are centered on poetry, Haiku poetry to be exact. Much of the feedback I receive about the haiku poetry is that people can really understand the messages and they appreciate that the poems are short and sweet!

Angel Messages – a wing and a prayer is my first book about Angels. Filled with photos, prayers, poems, and prose of and about Angels, this book will delight any Angel lover in your life. Check out the reviews, people are drawn to the inherent inspirational nature of this book and as a result is fast becoming their favorite. You can have it right away using the Kindle option or order a paperback copy (or two) and carry it with you wherever you go.
I mentioned that many of my books are filled with my poetry, and several of them combine that with my love of taking pictures. Books that feature poetry and photos include

Perspective, it’s all about replacing one thought with another, PhoKu, visual perspective haiku and BooKu, Halloween haiku. Perspective has a wide variety of pages that can feature prose, poetry and nature photographs, while PhoKu is filled with the photographs I have taken in nature with Haiku poetry added to them, hence the title: PhoKu. BooKu is a “behind the scenes look at how Halloween decorations feel about their jobs. All three of these books are available in print and Kindle formats.
A Haiku Perspective 2015, and A Haiku Perspective 2016 are haiku poetry books. When I first experimented with the haiku writing format, I have no idea I would enjoy it as much as I do. These days, I am writing haiku daily and finding myself thinking in 17 syllables. You can find these books in both print and Kindle formats
There are several other books planned for release this year alone, So please, check back frequently to see what I have published and share what YOU are doing! Cheers!!


How to Connect with the Author

You can find Annette on Twitter @YouAreTheExpert

Facebook at Annette Rochelle Aben

and on her blog Annette Rochelle Aben where she writes more inspirational poetry. ❤


bluebird morningThanks for stopping by to hear about Annette Rochelle Aben’s new book! ❤


The Literary Divas Library facebook

Are you looking for more great reads? Join author, D.G. Kaye, and myself in our Facebook group, The Literary Diva’s Library to find book reviews, book promotions, & special deals on books from authors you love.

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Don’t forget to join us in the #ABRSC, Author Blogger Rainbow Support Club on Facebook. See you there! ❤

Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 81, ENCHANT & SHAPE, #SynonymsOnly

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.

Opportunities 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.


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.co.uk.


From AuthorsPublish.com – Unnerving Magazine: Haunted are These Houses

They want Gothic fiction and poetry for this anthology, on the theme. They publish horror, dark science fiction (light), dark fantasy, crime, thriller, suspense, and dark literary, and lean strongly towards horror. See guidelines for editor preferences. They ask for non-exclusive print-on-demand rights for five years.
Deadline: 28 April 2018
Length: 400-6,000 words, up to 500 lines for poetry
Pay: $0.01/word for fiction, $0.012/line for poetry
Details here.


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.

I sponsor this challenge to help 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.

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

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. Please list the form you use so we can learn from you. 

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.

haiku vs senryu

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


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 “Workshop” tab to create your Haiku or Tanka.

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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. The RECAP is published on Monday and will contain links to the participants.


How Long Do You Have and Your Deadline: You have a week to complete the Challenge with a deadline of SUNDAY, 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 Recap I publish on Monday. 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 Recap published each Monday.

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.

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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


 Great ideaI have also been sharing your poetry on my Facebook Page here: https://www.facebook.com/CMChesebro/. Please feel free to FOLLOW, LIKE, & SHARE from my page. ❤

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:

Life is likea cup of tea

Here are the TWO prompt words for this week’s challenge: ENCHANT & SHAPE

Have fun and write some poetry!

challenge accepted


Welcome to the Tanka Tuesday Poetry Recap. The last month has whirled by for me. I’ve missed three of my own challenges – something I hate to do. Between painting our upstairs and my unexpected reaction to the “shingles shot” I’ve been scrambling!


Here are the results of the voting for Challenge No. 79 “Dance & Command,” with, Sue Vincent voted “Poet of the Week” by her peers. ❤

Scott Andrew Bailey

Sue Vincent

Scott Andrew Bailey

Method Two Madness

John W. Leys


Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent

Here – Method Two

Luccia Gray

John W. Leys’ Masquerade


Sue Vincent is the Poet of the Week for her poem called, “Mirage” for Challenge No. 79, Dance and Command.

Mirage sue vincent

©2018 Sue Vincent

Starting today, I have eliminated the voting option for Poet of the Week. I had hoped it would engage participants more, but instead, it stressed everyone out – including me. I want this challenge to be fun and thought-provoking, not a chore to participate in. I’ve gone back to selecting a poem to highlight each week. Thanks for trying this experiment. You never know until you try.” ❤


I’ve selected, Michael from his blog, Afterwards, as the Poet of the Week for Challenge No. 80, “Gather & Soft,” #SynonymsOnly for his Tanka poem below:

Years take their toll

Naked he collects his girth

sweating and squidgy

She sighs and turns out the light

smiling thinks of his brother

© 2018 Michael, Afterwards Blog

There is a great story wrapped up in this Tanka. Even though it’s not told in the first person you get a sense of intimacy from his choice of words. I love the flow and the depth of emotions that explode from both of the characters. How do you feel at the end of the poem? That last sentence really puts this couple’s life in perspective.

Tanka poetry should evoke some kind of strong emotions in the reader. I think this is an excellent Tanka poem because it makes the reader feel many of the emotions present in this couple’s marriage.

Click the “HOW TO” links in the menu at the top right widget to refresh your memory on the various ways to write Tanka, Haiku, Senryu, Haibun, and Cinquain.

TankaJournal.com shares:

“Tanka is a poetry form which originated in Japan more than 13 centuries ago. In its purest form, tanka poems are most commonly written as expressions of gratitude, love, or self-reflection. Suitors would send a tanka to a woman the day after a date, and she would reply in kind. These were short messages (like secret letters) expressing love, desire, meaning, or gratitude. These poems often culminated in a transcendental message.

Today, much of that original purpose is lost in tanka poems. Poets include any subject that lends itself well to the tanka form. Some subjects simply don’t lend themselves to tanka. For example, when writing about the frustration of cooking bacon and eggs, other poetry forms should be employed. But when composing a poem which includes personal experience and a resulting profound feeling, then tanka is perfect. Tanka are not whimsical. They should include some deep meaning or purpose, and leave the reader with a strong feeling… Click here to read more.


Kangaroo Connection – Being in Nature

Beckoning – Reena Saxena

Tanka Tuesday – The Final Curtain1

Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 80, GATHER & SOFT, #SynonymsOnly | willowdot21

Our Journey #Tanka Tuesday — Poetry – Sharing With Others –

Two for Tanka Tuesday #tanka | Trent’s World (the Blog)

Pillows – thehouseofbailey

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

COLLEEN’S 2018 WEEKLY #TANKA TUESDAY POETRY CHALLENGE #Tanka #80: Gather & Soft | But I Smile Anyway…

International Haiku Day – a poem for Colleen | Mucky Boots and Flawless Paws

Evening walk – ….Bilocalalia….

Tanka Tuesday: Gather & Soft – Jane Dougherty Writes

Soon – Shadorma – Willow Poetry

Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge 80 and FFFAW Challenge 163 – The Bag Lady

Here. Now. Just This. A #haibun in the moment – Frank J. Tassone

Taraxacum Pride | like mercury colliding…

velvety voices – Storie Cantabile

Journey to Spring | Stuff and what if…

Coloring Spring, Haibun, NaPoWriMo, Day 19 – Yesterday and today: Merril’s historical musings

Carpe Diem – a Tanka | Darkness of His Dreams

#Poetrychallenge – a tanka using soft and gather – Robbie’s inspiration

Tanka Tuesday | Twenty Four

Congregation | method two madness

Colleen’s Tanka Tuesday: GATHER and SOFT – Afterwards

Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Poetry Challenge | M J Mallon Author

Smooth – Charmed Chaos

One Life – Smell The Coffee

Petal Touch – Colleen’s Weekly Challenge – No-Madder Nomadder

Gather & Soft/The Shower of Blessings


go bananasVisit these poets and follow their blogs! You’ll be glad you did! ❤


For the Bats

My favorite flash fiction writing challenge brings you tons of reading… Are you ready to go batty??

Carrot Ranch Literary Community


Bats eat mosquitoes and pollinate many crucial plants, including bananas and agave (a plant used for making tequila). They also occupy the belfries of imaginative minds.

Taking to the bat caves this week, writers emerged with batty stories and stories about bats. This collection promises to be crazy-good.

The following stories are based on April 12, 2018, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story that includes a bat. A bat denotes “extra points” for including a cave. 🦇

PART I (10-minute read)

Bats by Irene Waters 🦇

I came too; lying on the ground, my eyes shut tight. I don’t know if I could have opened them. I didn’t want to. The bright purple light made me feel at peace and the forest that was drawn on this backdrop was calming. Verdant green. Mystical. My breathing slowed. My pulse dropped lower and lower.

Bats. Hordes…

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