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! ❤



  1. Hi Colleen, I appreciate your flexibility. I was told when I was young that “never try, never success.” I tried hard to remember to vote the last few weeks. You’re right that we never know until we try.

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          1. In the vote count, I saw: 1. Method Two Madness=Kerfe 2. Kerfe 3. Here-Method Two, which I assumed was Kerfe’s blog, written in a different way. I feel silly doing this.

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  2. I have a hard time finding things and did not know we were voting for this one. I don’t even know where the voting results are….duh for me…anyway….hoping that I will see the voting booth for the challenge, is it indicated as to where it is? Sorry to sound so dumb…..I did see it for one challenge several weeks back but not since.

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    1. No worries, Helene. We stopped the voting. It was a hassle for everyone. Here is the recap post: https://colleenchesebro.com/2018/04/23/tanka-tuesday-poetry-challenge-gather-soft-no-80-recap-synonymsonly/. Tomorrow, the new challenge post will post. If you subscribe to my newsletter you will get a recap of the posts on my blog – easy peasy. Here’s the link to subscribe to my newsletter:https://mailchi.mp/2f3e7fb3e556/colleen-chesebro-the-fairy-whisperer. Hugs to you! ❤

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