Welcome to the Tanka Tuesday Poetry Recap. Last week I gave you two words that should have made you feel like celebrating because spring is trying so hard to appear around the world “dance & command.” There were many synonyms to choose from and I am happy to see such diversity in your poems. Great job everyone!


Here are the results of the voting for Challenge No. 78 “Grow & Honor,” with Jane Doughtery, voted as the Poet of the Week by her peers. ❤

Congratulations, Jane!

Jane Dougherty 3
Charmed Chaos 2
Katja Rammer 1
Storie Cantabile 1
Luccia Gray 1
Method two Madness 1
Debora 1
Thoughts of Spring- Olga 1
John W. Leys 1
Swerve strikes again 1
Kat Myrman 1


Jane Dougherty is the Poet of the Week for Challenge No. 78, for her Cinquain poem called, “Blossom Fallen.”


blossom fallen,

leaves unfurling worship

golden, honey-poured sweetness of


© 2018 Jane Dougherty


Season’s Dance – #Tanka | Trent’s World (the Blog)

#Tanka Tuesday: Dance & Command – Jane Dougherty Writes

#Cinquain Poetry —Angels – Sharing With Others

Colleen Chesebro Weekly Tuesday Tanka Poetry Challenge. Dance & Command. | willowdot21

Experimental – ….Bilocalalia…. 

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

COLLEEN’S 2018 WEEKLY #TANKA TUESDAY POETRY CHALLENGE #Tanka #79: Dance & Command | But I Smile Anyway…

Dog-poet turns humourist | Mucky Boots and Flawless Paws

Colleen’s Tanka Tuesday: DANCE and COMMAND – Afterwards

Murmurations – thehouseofbailey

My New York: A City Love Affair – Frank J. Tassone

Scamper across the dance floor… – Swerve Strikes Again

Masquerade – a tanka | Darkness of His Dreams

Mirage | Sue Vincent’s Daily Echo

BioRhythm – Colleen’s Weekly Challenge – No-Madder Nomadder

Here (Ici) | method two madness

Wintry Cheer | Stuff and what if…

White Blossoms Fall: NaPoWriMo, Day 11 – Yesterday and today: Merril’s historical musings

Do Command the Two Step Dance / The Final Curtain1

Revelry | like mercury colliding…

A Haibun | thoughts and entanglements

Unaware – Reena Saxena

You, Melting my Core – Poetry Challenge | Katja Rammer

Colleen’s 2018 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 79 Synonyms for ‘Dance & Command’ – myredwinediary

Stepping Out – Being in Nature

Colleen’s 2018 Weekly Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challenge Dance & Command | The Shower of Blessings

Tanka Tuesday | Twenty Four

Tanka: A Beautiful Mess – Charmed Chaos

Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge – The Bag Lady

Tango – Storie Cantabile

TANKA TUESDAY #79 DANCE and COMMAND – The Kettle Clicks… 

Colleen weekly Tanka Tuesday challenge #79 – My pen

Remember, the cutoff for your poetry submission is Sunday, 12 NOON,

Denver Time, USA.


Today is the day we vote on the poem that spoke to you the most from the “Dance and Command,” Synonyms Only Prompt. I’ll announce the winner on next week’s Recap.

Remember, this isn’t a personality contest – it’s a poetry challenge. Visit the links below. Before you vote, ask yourself these questions:

  1. Does the poem follow the structured guidelines?
  2. What emotions do the words convey to you as the reader?
  3. What is it about the poem you selected that makes it resonate with you?

Type in the name of the Poet in the “Other” Category.

Next week, on the Recap I’ll announce the Poet of the Week winner(s) for No. 79 – Dance & Command.


I’m curious to hear your thoughts about the voting process. We had 14 votes with 31 participants, which means only half of you are voting. If you hate the voting we can go back to the old way, but only if you let me know. Thanks. ❤


  1. Thanks Colleen!
    My guess is that it is hard for people to get through all the poets and judge. They may read over the week, and not be able to really compare… plus we respect your opinion, so when you choose a poet, it is not so much a popularity contest, but an achievement that you deemed a poem extremely special!
    Just my opinion!
    I voted btw!

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  2. I think we should stick with this for – say 3 months – but if the voting is consistently less that half of the contributors we should go back to Colleen casting the vote, as we know she will read and give consideration to all of them. I too will find it difficult to read and compare all of them every week, sometimes it’s a random sample of about half. I and will only vote in the weeks when I can read all of them. Of course, that’s just a dogs opinion 🙂

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  3. Congratulations to Jane. I agree with the comments. Last week, I just didn’t have a chance to read all the poems (particularly hard during NaNoWriMo, when I’m reading even more poetry and blogs than usual). Of the ones I did read, I could eliminate a few that for whatever reason (form, emotional appeal) did not appeal to me, but there were three or four that were contenders. . .

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      1. Well, it makes me appreciate even more what you do, Colleen, but honestly, no, I’m not a big fan of the voting. I like that it might make people read more poems, but I don’t like have to “judge” them. I guess I’m not a big fan of competitions. 🙂

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        1. Thanks, Merril. I appreciate your candid comments. It’s hard for me to judge you guys too. LOL! I totally understand. It’s a lot of work for sure. I think we will eliminate the voting option and the Poet of the Week on May 1st. ❤

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  4. Whoohoo! I’m honoured! I’m so pleased you enjoyed the poem 🙂 I think my vote was registered last week, scraped in at the last minute. I had a problem with loading the page to read all the poems. It took an age. It’s a popular prompt, Colleen—you get a lot of entries.

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  5. Done!
    I like the idea of voting, but it`d be more fun if more people did. Anyway, I also like the idea of keeping the voting for a while and see how the engagement rate goes…


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