Colleen’s 2019 #Tanka Tuesday #Poet of the Week & Honorable Mention(s), No. 140, “Light & Dark,” #SynonymsOnly

Welcome to the Tanka Tuesday Poetry Recap featuring the Poet of the Week and any honorable mention poetry from last week’s challenge. If you would like to participate in this challenge, you can learn the rules in the menu item called Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Tuesday Guidelines.

Congratulations, and many thanks to all the participants! Once again you all submitted poetry that filled my heart with joy!

Please visit the challenge post comments HERE, where you’ll find the links to everyone’s poetry. It would mean so much if you could stop by and say hello! ❤

The Poet of the Week and Honorable Mention Poets will be published in the 2019 Poet of the Week Anthology, which everyone will be able to grab as a FREE PDF in January 2020.

Each week, I like to highlight a poet who I call the Poet of the Week, who has shared an exceptional message, or shown 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.

The Poet of the Week

This week, I’ve chosen D. Avery as the Poet of the Week for her Nonet poem featured below. The word, nonet represents a group of 9 performers or instruments, so it’s safe to say this is one of those poetic forms inspired by music. This form compliments D’s theme of bird song. Read this poem out loud. It flows with a pleasing lyrical rhythm.

Not sure how to write a Nonet poem? Find out more Here. Corrine Rodrigues shares a fabulous tutorial on How to Write a Nonet Poem.

“Song Lines,” #Nonet, by D. Avery

Birds cast song lines towards eastern hills
exalt among effulgent leaves
celebrating golden dawn
Exhorting me to rise
emerge from sleep’s shade
step forth, wings stretched
Cast my voice

© 2019 D. Avery

Honorable Mention Poetry

I really enjoyed Bob Fairfield’s synonyms in the following Shadorma. His poem contains a creepiness that it quite delightful! Plus… he used a Shadorma which really accents his theme.

“They Lurk Unseen,” #Shadorma by Bob Fairfield

In unlit
corners, shadows creep
cold fingers
search for that which ends their life,

© 2019 Bobby Fairfield

I also enjoyed Joe M’s Haiku. The word, “skyglow” describes that special time betwixt and between – when light and dark hover together. His words capture mother nature’s pallet perfectly! Look out for the good neighbors – they could be out and about! ❤

“Light & Dark,” #Haiku, by Joe M.

between day and night
skyglow fades and shadow spreads
two worlds share the land

© 2019 Joe M.

Stay tuned for the new challenge post tomorrow!

Published by Colleen M. Chesebro

An avid reader, Colleen M. Chesebro rekindled her love of writing poetry after years spent working in the accounting industry. These days, she loves crafting syllabic poetry, flash fiction, and creative fiction and nonfiction. In addition to poetry books, Chesebro’s publishing career includes participation in various anthologies featuring short stories, flash fiction, and poetry. She’s an avid supporter of her writing community on Word Craft by organizing and sponsoring a weekly syllabic poetry challenge, called #TankaTuesday, where participants experiment with traditional and current forms of Japanese and American syllabic poetry. Chesebro is an assistant editor of The Congress of the Rough Writers Flash Fiction Anthology & Gitty Up Press, a micro-press founded by Charli Mills and Carrot Ranch. In January 2022, Colleen founded Unicorn Cats Publishing Services to assist poets and authors in creating eBooks and print books for publication. In addition, she creates affordable book covers for Kindle and print books. Chesebro lives in the house of her dreams in mid-Michigan surrounded by the Great Lakes with her husband and two (unicorn) cats, Chloe & Sophie.

31 thoughts on “Colleen’s 2019 #Tanka Tuesday #Poet of the Week & Honorable Mention(s), No. 140, “Light & Dark,” #SynonymsOnly

  1. Well done everyone again this week especially poet of the week D.Avery
    And Honourable Mentions to Bob Fairfield and Joe M.
    Thank you as always Colleen for your great prompt💜💜

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  2. ‘effulgent leaves’ grates on my tongue and my brain – but the rest of it? Nice. The other poems are super!

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    1. Aww, that’s too bad. I like the word effulgent. It’s refreshing to hear and read different words. But, each to his own when it come to poetry. ❤️


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