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! ❤

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

Are you ready to write some poetry? The new challenge is up tomorrow! See you there!

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.

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

  1. 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.💜💜💜


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