Colleen’s 2019 #Tanka Tuesday #Poet of the Week & Honorable Mention(s), No. 142, “Character & Wild,” #SynonymsOnly

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.

Happy Monday!

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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

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 turned out to be one of the most difficult for me to pick just one poem! The challenge words must have resonated with you all. There is some premium poetry in this challenge.

This week, I’ve chosen Willow Willers as the Poet of the Week for her Shadorma poem featured below. I enjoyed Willow’s take on the prompt words. This shadorma shows an intensity of feelings, and I like the way her words flowed into an ultimatum. Pure drama!

Wondering how to write a Shadorma poem? Click HERE.

What do You See?” #Shadorma

What aspect
Of nature untamed
Can you sense
Within me -
Is it love of free spirit
Or primitive lust?

© 2019 Willow Willers

Honorable Mention(s)

Padre’s Ramblings really caught my attention with his Nonet Poem. His choice of subject/theme was perfect for the prompt words! Make sure and visit his blog so you can see the photo of who he was writing about. 😀

“The Wild One” #Nonet

What to make of his temperament?
A nature unruly, unkept:
He chases every fancy –
Worrying not about
Feelings of others;
On which he so
Often does

© 2019 Padre's Ramblings

I loved the playful attitude of Anita Dawes‘ Etheree. She is part of the famous Books & Bonsai blog with Jaye Marie. Who says you can’t write humorous poetry? Just remember to take one day and act like a barbarian! 😀

Character & Wild” #Etheree

Of myself
Do I like best?
Free native spirit
shed my unwanted clothes
To have no inhibition
Run naked into the ocean
To be as kind and lush as Nature
Take one day to be a barbarian…

© 2019 Anita Dawes

Don’t forget to visit the links in the challenge post HERE. You won’t want to miss all of this amazing poetry! <3

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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. Such an honour to be given this honourable mention, Colleen. Anita is so pleased and sends her thanks!
    I thought the last line of Anita’s Etheree was amazing too…

  2. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord Blog Magazine and commented:
    A fantastic choice for poet of the week in Willow Willers and her shardoma and honourable mentions for Padre’s Ramblings and Anita Dawes… a wonderful prompt last week as always..

  3. Congratulations to the three winning entries, Colleen.

  4. Oh! Colleen what an amazing honour to be picked as poet of the week, thank you 😁💜. My congratulations to everyone who entered this week, especially Padre’s Ramblings and Anita Dawes for their honourable mentions. Thank you again Colleen for your great prompt . 💜💜💜

  5. Congratulations to all three winners, and especially my sis, Willow! You go girl!

  6. Congratulations to the winners!

    • Thanks, Eugenia. It’s hard to pick just one poem! <3

      • Oh, I understand, Colleen. I thought about choosing winners in my weekly event and found it too difficult. They are all winners, IMO! Have a great week ahead!

        • This will be the last year I do it. The whole idea was to give away the free PDF in January. Heck, I can’t even get anyone to grab my free book. LOL! I didn’t expect that! 😀 <3

          • It’s difficult to get anyone to read our books, no matter how good they are, and even if they are free. Too many books to read and too little time, unfortunately.

          • How sad. I read at least two books a week. Most are better than the shows on tv. There is a glut of books on Amazon. It’s hard to choose. 😖

  7. Once again, a wonderful group of poems. Congrats to all! (K)

  8. Congratulations! Love it so much. Thank you for all your efforts. Michael

  9. Congrats Willow, and to the honorables. 🙂

  10. Thanks, Sis. It was really hard to pick just one poem this week. You’ve all gotten so good. <3

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