Weekly Poetry Challenge Stars | #PhotoPrompt Poetry Challenge 174: Vashti Q Vega

Jude, from Tales Told Different, picked an excellent photo for us this week for our #PhotoPrompt challenge. The haunting image of the young girl gazing wistfully into the distance holds many poetic possibilities.

Willow Willers had a great take with her poem HERE. Kim Blades saw something different in her poem HERE. Meanwhile, the IndieShe unleashed her inner poet HERE. In case you missed it… I went where most of you were afraid to venture with my poem HERE.

There was so much great poetry! It really was tough choosing this week. But Vashti Q. Vega, and her Etheree poem, The Good Witch, resonated with me because of her creativity and how she blended fantasy and reality to give this photo a different meaning.

I liked that Vashti portrayed the witch as a healer, instead of the normal wicked-witch trope. Those kinds of details are often unexpected and give the reader a glimpse into another dimension of the poem’s meaning. In addition, who thought this photo would connect to real life in the guise of a plague? Brilliant!

The Etheree is one of the most fluid syllabic forms, only adhering to a subject and a syllable count of:
1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 
They are free flowing and story-like in appearance.

Congratulations, Vashti Q. Vega, it’s your turn to pick the photo for next month’s challenge. Please Email me your choice at tankatuesdaypoetry@gmail.com before next month’s challenge.

Image by Th G from Pixabay


Once upon a time they used to burn us

Because in our gaze there is a snare

And we dance beneath the glitter

of a starry night, singing

We float with subtle grace

over Mother Earth

drawing circles

in the air

to end


©2020 Vashti Q. Vega

Image by UX Troubletrace from Pixabay

source: vashtiqvega.wordpress.com

See you tomorrow for the new challenge!

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 Poetry.com 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.

28 thoughts on “Weekly Poetry Challenge Stars | #PhotoPrompt Poetry Challenge 174: Vashti Q Vega

  1. YAY! I’m doing my “Happy Dance” right now! Thank you for choosing my poem this week, Sis. I’m ecstatic because this one has a special meaning to me. I’m happy you enjoyed it. ❤ xo


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