Colleen’s 2019 #Tanka Tuesday #Poet of the Week & Honorable Mention(s), No. 141, #PhotoPrompt

Welcome to the Tanka Tuesday Poetry Recap featuring the Poet of the Week and any honorable mention poetry that really caught my eye. 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! Please visit the challenge post comments HERE, where you’ll find the links to everyone’s poetry. Stop by and say hello! <3

What a wild week of poetry fun! From all the buzz, everyone seemed to enjoy the photo prompt. I have to tell you that I never thought this prompt would generate the interest that it has.

Imagine my surprise when Janette Bendle from her blog, What She Wrote Next, linked her short story up to this challenge. This story was heart rendering and I had to share it! Click “Save Me” to read the story. <3 It just goes to show that inspiration takes many forms.

I thought this image would leave lots of room for imagination. After we all got over the shock of all the song titles the photo reminded us of, we got down to work. I really enjoyed the range of interpretations. Poets, you are all amazing! <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 Jane Dougherty as the Poet of the Week for her Butterfly Cinquain poem featured below. I enjoyed Jane’s no nonsense approach to finding a bottle “littering” the beach. Her choice of a butterfly cinquain, also visually adds to the whimsical theme of her poem. The shape reminded me of a bottle!

Not sure how to write a Cinquain poem? Find out more HERE.

Litter,” #Butterfly #Cinquain

stoppered, some would
pounce, hope for a message,
keen to share nefariously
romantic story. I pick you
up, put you in the bin,
search for coloured

© 2019 Jane Dougherty

Honorable Mention(s)

With a completely different take on the prompt is Merril D. Smith with her Haibun/Tanka below. Merril’s Haibun prose shares a fascinating story she gleaned from the news. Her Tanka portion below, really adds to the prose but doesn’t repeat what she already stated. This is a perfect example of a Haibun/Tanka.

Not sure how to write one for yourself? Click HERE to learn more.

Message in a Bottle,” #Haibun #Tanka

I read the news—an Alaska man finds a bottle with a fifty-year-old message inside. The Russian sailor’s note conveys friendly greetings. They drift through Cold War seas, through glasnost and perestroika to shores not yet submerged by the rising seawater of melted glaciers. The man shows the message to his sons.

Past meets the future
carried on time’s tumbling waves
ebbing and flowing
lives tide-lifted and lowered
as moon-silvered sea rolls on

© 2019 Merril D. Smith


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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. Loved Jane’s entry 💛

  2. Thank you, Colleen, and I’m proud to be chosen with Merril too!

  3. Congratulations, Jane! And thank you very much, Colleen.

  4. Congratulations to Jane Dougerthy Poet of the week and and Merril D Smith for her honourable mention. As ever so many great entries. Thank you as always to our grasious host Colleen 💜💜

  5. I thought the middle part of Jane’s poem – “someone’s” – was the perfect cinch between the two larger pieces in the butterfly poem. It changes the tone from wondering to something more concrete.

  6. How great to see Jane and Merril together! Both well-deserved. (K)

  7. Wow some amazing poetry this week. 🙂

  8. Excellent entries! Thinking out of the box, indeed!

  9. Great choice! Jane never disappoints!

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