Colleen’s #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge Recap No. 107, “Haunt & Spell”, #SynonymsOnly


Welcome to the Tanka Tuesday Poetry Recap featuring the work 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.

PLEASE NOTE: Don’t forget to count your syllables. Use this site: Click on the workshop tab. Then, copy and paste your poem into the box, and click “count syllables” at the bottom.

Each week, I like to highlight a poet who I call the Poet of the Week, who 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. ❤

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You’ve all made it so difficult for me to choose a special poem again this week. I’ve starred some poems that grabbed my attention with their message. However, that doesn’t mean that I don’t think everyone did a fabulous job. Remember, poetry is visceral to the reader. ❤

This week, I’ve chosen Merril Smith, from her blog, Yesterday & Today, Merril’s Historical Musings, and her poem entitled “The Tree.”

It was as if Merril channeled the ancestors and offered up a warning to humankind with her poem, written before Saturday’s tragedy.

I have no words for the pain I feel for those who have suffered so great a loss. I will let Merril’s poetry speak for itself. ❤



Image Credit: Merril Smith: Sapling from the Theresienstadt Tree, Philadelphia Holocaust Memorial Plaza

“The Tree”

I walk through the triangular plaza, this memorial to those known and unknown; those who survived, and those who perished because of hate. It is the little tree I focus on. It’s small but carries a mighty legacy of survival. I think of the children who tended its progenitor with such dedication, knowing that they themselves would most likely perish. I consider those children then, and all the children now fleeing from horror or living in war zones. In the words of a woman who survived hate, who survived a hell, I hear an invocation. “Hate is a terrible thing,” she says. And I think we must never forget: hate only nourishes more hate, but kindness makes both people and trees grow.

Ghosts walk among us

whisper through buried ashes

brave saplings rise up

© 2018 Merril Smith

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Yesterday, I walked through the Philadelphia Holocaust Memorial, which was dedicated on Monday.  You can read more about it here. ~Merril Smith~


Image Credit:


**Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 107, “Haunt & Spell,” #SynonymsOnly | willowdot21 

**#Tanka Tuesday: Haunt & Spell – Jane Dougherty Writes

Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka Challenge #107 – Haunt & Spell #MicroPoetry #Haiku | But I Smile Anyway…

Spectral Portal | Stuff and what if… 

Haunted By Your Spell #Etheree #DoubleEtheree | Trent’s World (the Blog)

Potion | Willow Poetry

**Samhain Cinquain | like mercury colliding… 

**Autumnal Echoes: a #TankaTuesday #TankaProse (10/23/18) – Frank J. Tassone

Haiku: Sorcery | The Dark Netizen

#Double Etheree – Payback Time – Culture Shocks

**Smorgasbord Poetry – Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No 107 #Etheree | Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

Colleen’s Weekly #Poetry Challenge | anita dawes and jaye marie

Plague the Earth ~ #etheree #PoetryChallenge | Night Owl Poetry – Dorinda Duclos (Wish her a Happy Birthday – it was yesterday <3)

The Tree – Yesterday and today: Merril’s historical musings 

Lost Realm – thehouseofbailey

Calixta – The Abject Muse

**Visions… | Sue Vincent’s Daily Echo

Friday Fun Poetry Challenge: Haunt and Spell (synonyms only) | Abbie’s Corner of the World

**#Poetrychallenge – Haunt and spell – Roberta Writes

Tanka Tuesday – hidden | Twenty Four

**Torment – Charmed Chaos

**Quandaries of Wayfaring | method two madness

**Hallowed Lands (Tanka) | Darkness of His Dreams

**Spooky tales from Dartmoor | Mucky Boots and Flawless Paws 

Haunt & Spell | MJ Mallon

**What Man Hath Wrought | D. G. Kaye Writer

ExcellentPoetry, my friends… Wait until tomorrow when the new challenge comes out. See you there for our Halloween Extravaganza!




    1. Your poem and message demands our attention. We must stand together to fight the evil and violence that has permeated our society. ❤️❤️❤️

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  1. Some great poems this week, as usual. What a powerful poem for your “poem of the week”, and unfortunately how timely. As they say, we need to remember the worst of it so we don’t repeat it.

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    1. I was quite emotional putting this piece together yesterday. Merril had shared something so powerful with a message that had to be shared. ❤️

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  2. Merrill’s poem is so moving, Colleen. I made me rather weepy that almost 80 years after the tragedy of the Holocaust, hate is still terrorizing communities and destroying lives. The children’s hope for the future still struggles as adults continue to rip compassion, respect, and peace apart. The symbol of the silver elm lives on and perhaps one day we’ll snap out of this insanity and learn. ❤

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    1. I felt the same way, Diana. Why can’t people see what’s happening around them? I worry about the insanity. We’re all immigrants in this country. Our diversity is what makes us so unique. Hate is never the way. 😦 ❤

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    1. What really struck me was that she wrote this earlier in the week. I had also picked the poem on Friday… we must fight hate! 🧡🧡🧡

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  3. What a powerful poem and message, Merril. Thank you for sharing. I remember standing in Anne Frank’s hiding room behind the bookcase in Amsterdam and read more of her story. My second grade students read her diary. It gave me shivers to stand in that room. During another trip to Germany, we visited the replica of a concentration camp and the gas chamber, the depression fell all over me. Yes hatred is like a snowball. Smile is contagious so we must plant kindness! ❤
    You have a great poet parade this week, Colleen. ❤

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    1. Marvelous memories, Miriam. We must all unite in love and understanding of all people. That is a truth we must recognize. ❤️❤️❤️

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  4. Wow! This is a wonderful post. Merril’s poem expresses resilience so beautifully, and the words around it and quotes chosen together form a powerful unity. It is an inspiring message that helps me believe that love will win over hate. All we need to do is give it.

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    1. So, true, Norah. Every time I read her poem I feel a surge of hope. We have to learn to love everyone again. There’s too much hate. ❤️


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