“Crocodile Spirit Animal,” Traditional Tanka

Vashti Vega selected an amazing photo this week. I received plenty of vibes from this crocodile. How about you? Did you check out the poetry challenge for this week? Click the link and JOIN IN!

Image Credit: Balaji Malliswamy

“Crocodile Spirit Animal,” Traditional Tanka

crocodile totem
a force to be reckoned with
keeper of secrets 
steward of ancient knowledge 
ready to gain new wisdom

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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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37 Comments

  1. Great tanka, Sis. I love this photo!

  2. Your tanka goes perfectly with the photo!

  3. Fabulous Colleen.. captured perfectly..hugs♥

  4. Love that this highlights the value of the crocodile, especially as a benefit to humankind! Well done.

  5. perfect match of your tanka with the photo, colleen

  6. I love this and YES, this croc is putting off some powerful energy!

  7. All reptiles look like they are keeping ancient wisdom, but especially crocodiles. That eye is fierce! (K)

  8. Nailed it! <3

  9. Oh this is a beautiful tanka, unique

  10. A terrific poem, Colleen.

  11. Ooh, loved this one! The “totem” theme of it was so rugged and enticing.

  12. I would not say they are one of my favorite animals, but that was 2 great pictures.

  13. Very Cute and Pretty Photo… 🙂 <3 <3

    Spirit Animals

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