Colleen’s 2019 #Tanka Tuesday #Poet of the Week & Honorable Mention(s), No. 147, #PoetsChoice

Welcome to the Tanka Tuesday Poetry Recap featuring the Poet of the Week and poetry that I felt deserved an honorable mention. 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

I will publish the Poet of the Week and Honorable Mention Poets in the 2019 Poet of the Week Anthology, which everyone can 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. You may not feel the same way about my choice. That’s okay. Perception is different for all of us.

I love to see your creativity bloom each week, but never more than the beginning of the month. This is where many of you shine—untethered by word choice, you march to your own poetic drums. This week was no exception. Bravo to all the participants.

The Poet of the Week

This week, I’ve chosen Kerfe Roig as the Poet of the Week for her Haiku poem featured below. Why is this poem a Haiku? Because the poet discusses the subject of change. Haiku poetry is written about nature, seasonal activities, or change in general.

I like this Haiku, also for the message. The words are simple yet they’re packed with meaning. I like the way word image/grid poetry looks. The typeset of the words adds to the allure of the image. I could see this piece framed and hanging on a wall. It’s a real attention-getter.

Could this image and Haiku form a Haiga? The poem stands alone independent of the collage image. I think the piece falls into the observational poetry category as a Haiga. What do you think? Let me know in the comments.

©2019 Kerfe Roig

“October 2019,” #Haiku by Kerfe Roig

who you are connects
the transit of where you are
to the shape of next

©2019 Kerfe Roig

Honorable Mention(s)

My next selection is an Etheree poem from Donna Matthews. She summed up Halloween in 10 simple lines. Her words flow smoothly as the reader conjures each creature she imagines. Night terrors, anyone?

“Frankenstein, et al.,” #Etheree by Donna Matthews

dark shadows
mummies stirring
Frankenstein’s monster
werewolves and vampires
black raven’s razor-sharp beaks
creatures of the dark rising up
to unleash their fury in your dreams
trapped in the ancient fear of night monsters

©2019 Donna Matthews

Autumn reveals her beauty to us with different shapes and colors around the world. Jane Dougherty shares a Tanka poem that gives us a peek into her world.

“Changing Light,” #Tanka, by Jane Dougherty

soft pastel colours
wash the dry dust of summer
with broad water strokes
streaked and striped with silver rain
soft as new grass green-growing

©2019 Jane Dougherty

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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. Congratulations, Kerfe. Well-deserved, as always.

  2. Another great week congratulations to Kerfe Roig for her winning Tanka. I think this is a beautiful and thoughtful Tanka, definitely. Also congratulations to Donna Matthews and Jane Dougerthy for their honourable mentions.
    Colleen thank you as always for being our inspiration.💜💜💜

  3. Another wonderful week of poetry Colleen and congratulations to Kerfe, Donna and Jane… thanks for keeping us writing…♥

  4. Congratulations to Kerfe! And to Jane and Donna.
    I didn’t have time to join in this week–but maybe next week. 🙂

  5. Thanks so much Colleen! And honored to be in the company of Jane and Donna. (K)

  6. Congratulations, Kerfe, and to the honorable mentions, as well. 😉

  7. Congratulations to you all!

  8. I loved Kerfe’s poem too, Colleen. A great choice.

  9. Good choices! I’m enjoying learning more about syllabic poetry from week to week.

  10. Wonderful choices, Colleen. I love Kerfe’s poetry. Congrats to Donna and Jane too. Loved all three. 🙂

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