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: howmanysyllables.com. Click on the workshop tab. Then, copy and paste your poem into the box, and click “count syllables” at the bottom.
FOR ALL YOUR HARD WORK POETS!
This week brought us a political bonanza of poetry about voting and remembering those who died for our countries from around the world. I was uplifted by your words of patriotism. Not since the 1960’s has their been such a poetic outcry for and against the tierny of our governments.
Culture Trip.com shares some of the poets and poetry from that era. Have a read!
I also got several comments about how difficult it was to pick your own words! Michael, from Afterwards, had a brilliant idea. He said:
“I decided to open the nearest book and use the first word on page 58 and the last on page 101, the book was Cosmic Traitor (Perry Rhodan 26) by Kurt Brand. The words are THOUGHTS and MILKY. They made me think of an Astronaut…”
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. ❤
Everyone has embraced the Etheree poetry form because of the syllable structure and the fluidity of words where the poet can create a meaningful message. That is the key to these forms. If you don’t have a meaningful message the poem falls flat. But, that certainly is not the case with Scott’s poem.
I especially liked how he began his poem with the word, “gone,” and how he also ended the poem with the same word, emphasizing the theme, gone but not forgotten.
When you are writing Etheree poems it helps to think of three points that you want to emphasize in your poetry. Technically, an Etheree poem shouldn’t rhyme, although that has gained favor. If you do add rhyming words, only do one to make a specific point about what you are trying to say.
For me, in Scott’s poem, I see the first theme being blood, poppies, red, all representing the blood shed for our freedoms. The next theme is the actual remembrance of those who died for our freedoms, and the last theme is that of resisting violence and learning to get along. The ending brings us back to the overall theme of “remembrance.”
No silence reigns
And the poppies bloom
To the brave that lay beneath
The swathe of red that remembers
The blood that was shed here for freedom
And the folly of man to his brother
So we may never forget all that pain
To ensure it will not come again
We respect them with silent thoughts
Resist any violent trends
Talk, build bridges, not walls
While the poppies bloom
While silence reigns
“A good poem is a contribution to reality. The world is never the same once a good poem has been added to it. A good poem helps to change the shape of the universe, helps to extend everyone’s knowledge of himself and the world around him.”
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Colleen M. Chesebro is an American Poet who loves crafting paranormal fantasy and magical realism, cross-genre flash fiction, syllabic poetry, and creative nonfiction.
Colleen sponsors a weekly syllabic poetry challenge, called Tanka Tuesday, on wordcraftpoetry.com where participants learn how to write traditional and current forms of haiku, senryu, haiga, tanka, gogyohka, tanka prose, renga, solo-renga, haibun, cinquain, Etheree, nonet, and shadorma poetry.
Colleen's syllabic poetry has appeared in the Auroras & Blossoms Poetry Journal, and in “Hedgerow, a journal of small poems.” She’s won numerous awards from participating in the Carrot Ranch Rodeo, a yearly flash fiction contest sponsored by carrotranch.com. In 2020, she won first place in the Carrot Ranch Folk Tale or Fable category, with her story called “Why Wolf Howls at the Moon.”
Colleen is a Sister of the Fey, where she pursues a pagan path through her writing. When she is not writing, she is reading. She also loves gardening and crocheting old-fashioned doilies into works of art.