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! <3

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! <3

“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!

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Colleen M. Chesebro is a Michigan Poet who loves crafting syllabic poetry, flash fiction, and creative fiction and nonfiction. Colleen sponsors a weekly syllabic poetry challenge, called #TankaTuesday, on where participants learn how to write traditional and current forms of syllabic poetry. A published author, Colleen is also an editor of “Word Weaving, a Word Craft Journal of Syllabic Verse, also found on Colleen’s mission is to bring the craft of writing syllabic poetry to anyone who thinks they can’t be a poet. Recently, she created the Double Ennead, a 99-syllable poetry form for the Carrot Ranch literary community at Colleen’s poetry has appeared in various anthologies and journals including “Hedgerow-a journal of small poems,” and “Poetry Treasures1 & 2” a collection of poetry from the poet/author guests of Robbie Cheadle on the “Treasuring Poetry” blog series on “Writing to be Read." Colleen published “Word Craft: Prose & Poetry, The Art of Crafting Syllabic Poetry,” which illustrates how to write various syllabic poetry forms used in her Tanka Tuesday challenges; and a collection of poetry, flash fiction, and short stories called, “Fairies, Myths & Magic: A Summer Celebration,” dedicated to the Summer Solstice. She contributed a short story called “The Changeling,” in the “Ghostly Rites Anthology 2020,” published by Plaisted Publishing House. Find Colleen at Word Craft: Prose & Poetry at
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  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💜💜

  2. Well done to three impressive poets!

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

  4. Wow! I just got back from a weekend away and off the grid and what a delightful surprise to come back to.

  5. Well done, everyone! Thank you, Colleen, for giving writers a chance to shine!

  6. Beautiful poetry, Colleen. You elicit such talent. 🙂 Congrats to D., Bobby, and Joe.

  7. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord Blog Magazine and commented:
    Colleen Chesebro shares the poet of the week.. D. Avery (congratulations) and some honourable mentions.. some great poems in response to ‘Light and Dark’…. the new challenge will be posted tomorrow..

  8. Congratulations! Wonderful to read, every unique and enjoying. Thank you! Michael

  9. Good choices, Colleen!

  10. Wow! Fantastic work!

  11. Beautiful works, Colleen.

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