Weekly Poetry Challenge Stars | Poet’s Choice Challenge #176

As I continue to work on researching the syllabic poetry forms for my new book, I’m captivated by the amount of quality poetry that appears in the challenges weekly. It makes me proud of all your hard work and determination. You guys are amazing!

Yet, I always worry someone will get bored with the challenge and quit writing poetry. I’m always open to unique ways to make this challenge more fun. Do you have any ideas? Share your thoughts in the comments.

Don’t forget, many of the poets add their poetry in the comments section of the challenge post HERE. While you’re at it, please pop over to their blogs and say hello. Just follow the links in the comments. Comments from our peers help us become better writers.

There was so much great poetry this week. I’ve only selected a few links for you to read so you will visit the challenge post.

Persecution in the Garden: Sally Cronin

Poetry Friday Gratitude: Vashti Q. Vega

Ever more: Kitty’s Verses

Solitude: A Multitude of Musings

Tanka: Getting Lost

Breathing Space: Jules

Unpardonable: Padre’s Ramblings

Annette Rochelle Aben’s double Etheree resonated strongly with me this week. I’ve highlighted her poem below.

Vulnerability is Strength

Are not
Always what
We seem to be
Especially when
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
From within
And we

©2020 Annette Rochelle Aben

source: Vulnerability is Strength | Annette Rochelle Aben

I know it’s a day late, but we should say some things more than once.

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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 wordcraftpoetry.com 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 wordcraftpoetry.com. 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 carrotranch.com. 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 wordcraftpoetry.com.
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  1. Lovely and comforting. Thanks, Colleen!

  2. Yay! Congrats to my Other SIs, Annette 💜

  3. Hi Colleen. I don’t think anyone gets bores with your poetry challenges. I certainly don’t.

  4. Wow, such a lovely poem you featured here. And just for the record, I don’t get bored of your challenge at all.

  5. Definitely not bored. (K)

  6. Beautiful poem from Annette and I can see why this one resonated…. Many thanks for sharing.. Hope you are well Colleen and still finding plenty of inspiration as we hold that space for others as we continue ‘Be’.. Ourselves.. <3
    Much love your way <3

  7. Hi, Sis! Great choice for ‘Poet of the Week!’ Annette’s double Etheree is gorgeous. Congratulations to her!🎉
    There are so many poetry styles I haven’t tried yet, so there’s no chance of me getting bored. Thank you for the mention of my poem.😁💕

  8. Some fabulous entries for sure. Annette’s double etheree was poignant and powerful. Congrats Annette! <3 And in answer to your question about variety on your blog, I think it's great the way it is. It's always inviting and colorful and inspiring, and the challenges are fun with a different theme or photo change-up weekly is fun so I'd say, don't fix if not broke. <3 xx

  9. Hi Colleen,
    I’m sure the poem of the week, Vulnerability is strength, resonates with us all. Congratulations Annette.
    Thank you for the mention, Colleen, I’m honoured.
    As regards to your challenge, each week with its different theme is interesting and keeps me engaged, I look forward to it every week. Thank you for introducing me to different forms of poetry, this is an adventure in itself.

  10. Wonderful and emotive poetry from Annette.. thank you so much for the mention Colleen and have visited the others and an incredible diverse and creative selection. I am highly chuffed to be included..♥♥

  11. Colleen, thank you for the encouragement and support. If not for your opportunities to jog my grey matter, I would not have written much of what I have. And humble thank you to those have shared kind words here for my poem I am in great company. <3

  12. Thank you very much again for your efforts bringing the stars to shine, Colleen. Be well and stay save. Best wishes, Michael

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