WELCOME TO TANKA TUESDAY!
It’s the first of the month and you know what that means! Poets, choose your own syllabic poetry form, theme, words, images, etc. It’s up to you!
Are you looking for inspiration for your syllabic poetry? Find an image on Pixabay.com or experiment with “found poetry” as a way to find some inspiration. Another option is to try some magnetic poetry. You still have to count syllables, but it’s like putting together a puzzle!
If that doesn’t work… take a walk in nature. Engage your five senses. Remember, always write your poetry for yourself. Make it meaningful to you!
PLEASE support the other poets by visiting blogs and leaving comments. Peer reviews help poets perfect their writing craft. Remember… sharing is caring.
For Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge, you can write your poem in the forms defined on the Poetry Challenge Cheatsheet:
Syllabic Poetry Form Cheatsheet
Don’t forget to copy your poem into the comments so we have all the poetry accessible from the challenge post. Thanks so much.
Here are some great sites that will help you write your poetry and count syllables
This site even has a link so you can install the extension on Google Chrome.
For Synonyms and Antonyms. When your word has too many syllables, find one that works.
Find out how many syllables each word has. I use this site to compose my poems. Click on the “Workshop” tab, then cut and paste your poetry into the box. Click the Count Syllables button on the button. This site does the hard work for you.
Every Tuesday I’ll post the challenge early enough so everyone can see it. Remember, there will be no recap.
The rules are simple. Write your poetry on your blog.
Do a link-back by placing the HTTPS:// address of the challenge post into your post. ALSO, please copy your poem and add it to the comments. If you created a Haiga, let us know in the comments with a link to your post. Now, all the poetry ends up on the challenge post in one place.
Follow the schedule listed below:
I will visit your blog, comment, and TWEET your POETRY.
If you add these hashtags to the post TITLE on your blog (depending on which poetry form you use) your poetry may be viewed more often on Twitter:
#Haiku, #Senryu, #Haiga, #Tanka, TankaProse, #micropoetry, #poetry, #5lines, #Haibun, #Prose, #CinquainPoetry, #Etheree, #Nonet, #Shadorma, #Gogyoka
107 thoughts on “Colleen’s 2020 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 176, #Poet’sChoice”
“How could this happen?”
“Who could do such a thing?”
“The senseless selfishness of it!”
“My anger and fury will be felt -“
“By whoever ate my custard doughnut”
Ha ha! I didn’t see that custard doughnut coming!
Me either, that was great! 😀
Hi Colleen, Hi Everyone,
Here is my entry for today. A haiga, it goes with a photo. Pop over to my blog to have a peek at the photo that inspired the poem. Thank you.
Brilliant, Haiga, Pat! ❤️😍
Thank you Colleen ❤️😊
LOL! This is brilliant! ❤
Thanks Colleen ♥
You’re so welcome. ❤
Hi, Colleen, a haibun.
The sky rejoices
in orange at the sun’s birth
gilds its daytime path
mourns in crimson at its death
stars herald resurrection
Kim, this is so lovely. In order to do a linkback, you need to copy the Https:// address of my challenge post into your blog post. Or, after you’ve published your post, you can copy the Https:// address of your post in the comments, along with the poem. Your current link doesn’t take us anywhere. Let me know if you need more help. ❤
Hi Colleen. My computer/laptop is giving my problems. The Word App has expired and I don’t have the money to reinstate it, so it doesn’t work very well now. One of the things I am unable to do is post your https address anywhere on my post except as a title to the post.
Once your poem is live, copy that URL (not the one from the editor) and past it here in a comment. You’ll get more visits doing it that way.
Thanks Ken, I’ll do that. Have a great day.
Kim, you put it in your post on the editor, not in word. You can write your post in the editor for best results. Email me if you need more help. ❤️
Hi Colleen. The Word App isn’t working on my laptop anymore. There are lots of things I can’t do that I used to be able to do.
Kim, Don’t you use WordPress? You don’t need Word to create a post. You use the editor. Here’s a link with a bunch of free word processing apps/programs. ❤️
Hi Colleen. I wrote a tanka today: https://trentsworldblog.wordpress.com/2020/05/05/shells-surface-tanka/
Such a long journey
Detritus of life picked up
The years will add their layers
Our now is formed by our past
Lovely Tanka, Trent. It seems many of us have been doing a bit of reflection, lately. I like it. ❤
Good Morning Colleen! I’m being inspired by the Spring! Such a lovely season. Hope you are doing well! Stay safe!
Thank you, Elizabeth! Happy Spring, my friend. ❤
Here you are, Sis!
Thanks, Sis. ❤
Good Morning Colleen! Here is
mine and thank you!
Heart’s passions unfurl
By tender, knowing caress
Love unfolds, receives
Oh, how lovely! What a great first morning read. ❤
Hi Colleen, lovely entries so far, here is mine a Gogyoka
They say hope springs eternal
And ivy clings to walls
Words spoken cause my tears to fall
Least said soonest mended
Mouth shut none offended.
Oh, Willow. There’s lots of pain and healing in this poem. Well done. ❤
Thank you, Colleen we all have to face up to things and cope 🌹💜💜💜
We do and when you have friends, that makes it easier. ❤️
Yes Colleen that’s very true and I feel I have a friend in you and many people here at WordPress 💜
You do. Love you, Willow. ❤️
Thank you 💜
I’ve done a haibun with Breathing Space
Woohoo. On it! ❤
You go girl!
Here’s my latest: https://frankjtassone.com/2020/05/05/still-water-a-tanka-5-5-20/
Hi! Good to hear from you! 😀
It’s been crazy busy! Glad to see your poetry.
Thanks for Tanka Tuesdays Colleen
You’re so welcome. ❤️
Thanks so much for hosting the challenge again. Here’s mine: https://astridetal.com/2020/05/06/tanka-solitude/
Oh, forgot to enter my poem:
Alone in the dark
With just silence around me
I struggle to cope
And so I search deep within
For my inner sense of peace
Pingback @ https://wp.me/p93zQi-Qe
Vulnerability is Strength – Double Etheree – Annette Rochelle Aben
We seem to be
We are vulnerable
And the side of us we show
Might present the wrong impression
In reality we’re seeking help
But don’t know quite how to express ourselves
That is when we need to trust that others
Understand more than we think they do
That they’re holding us in their hearts
Being our strength when we can’t
Allowing us our space
Where we know we’re safe
To find some strength
©2020 Annette Rochelle Aben
Huh? Did you delete my comment because I had forgotten to include my poem or what? Or am I for whatever reason totally blacklisted?
What? I’m just now checking comments. I’ve been busy in my home.
Oh sorry, I wasn’t meaning to come off rude. I just thought my comments went straight to spam rather than to the mod queue. My bad, I just now saw youhave comments in reverse order so mine were at the top. I’m really, really sorry.
Thanks Astrid. ❤
I’ve missed you and the challenge – good to be back! https://www.djranch.org/2020/05/06/haiku-unfurls/
I missed you! Welcome back, Donna. ❤️
The syllabic entry https://reinventionsreena.wordpress.com/2020/05/07/unwritten/
Hi Colleen- Here you go! https://charmedchaos.com/2020/05/07/haiku-flower-moon/
Haiku- Flower Moon
flower moon peeking
shining light through wispy puff
How lovely, Linda. I do love a bit of dandelion fluff! ❤
Thank you so much. 🙏🏻
I always enjoy your poetry. ❤
Thanks for always making great prompts! I won’t have time to join this week, but all the best to the participants!
You’re welcome. Hope to see you soon! 😀
A haiku, Colleen:
tiny wings perch, still–
suddenly swoop downward, flash
trail of jeweled light
sudden swoop trails flash
I love seeing the evolution of these Haiku into the lesser syllables. That last version is just as powerful as the longer version. You always touch my heart with your birds. ❤
Thanks Colleen. I’m learning a lot from paring down these days.
Me too. I don’t need as much to keep me happy. ❤️
Thank you for running the challenge. Here’s mine :-
Thank you all for stopping by and reading.
Ever more :-
In the offing,
The day calling quits,
Quickly scanning the vast sky,
Squinting a glance near and beyond,
Return of his treasured from afar,
Fly back jointly, like always, ever more.
Poetry Form :- Etheree ( 1/2/3/4/5/6/7/8/9/10 syllables)
Inspirations behind the Etheree:- Everyday at around five in the evening, I notice (the?) this kite, atop the chimney, waiting for his partner to return. They perch atop together, before calling it a day and fly back together.
What a lovely Etheree, Kitty. I like this very much. ❤
Thanks a lot, Colleen. Thank you for the mention. 🙂
You’re so welcome 😍
Hi, Sis! It’s all about gratitude this week. Happy Friday and a great weekend! ❤ xo
Happy Friday, Sis. I’m all for an attitude of gratitude! ❤
Hi Colleen.. my double etheree this week for poet’s choice… …♥
Double Etheree – Persecution in the Garden
stirs with life
in vibrant displays
like an artist’s palette.
Domestic and wild alike
they absorb the sunlight and air.
There is no measure of their status
until there is human intervention.
The pretty milkweed is an example
nurturer of the caterpillar
and adult monarch butterfly.
It also attracts the bees
that care not it is wild.
Be as discerning
as these creatures
©Sally Cronin 2020
Love this so much, Sally! 😍❤️
Thank you Colleen..hugsx♥
Huge hugs back, Sally ❤
Hi Colleen and All–Hope this isn’t too late. I have two gogyohka that sort of go with a photo I took during one of my morning walks.
ghosts in dusty grass
sit still in the long ago,
a gull’s laugh breaks the silence. . .
over the river,
through the thin spaces
of cloud-light whispers,
spring-scented rain falls
Excellent, Merril. The sensory details make your words come alive. ❤
Thank you, Colleen!
Stay Home or Open up
No unity here
It’s all so frustrating, Ruth. Your Senryu captures those feelings perfectly! We’re only going out for trips to the grocery store. I’m just not willing to take so many chances. ❤
Me too. And being of the vulnerable Age. It!!
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