Weekly Poetry Challenge Stars | #PhotoPrompt: Frank Tassone

When Vashti Vega sent in the photo of the crocodile for this week’s challenge. I really got excited. There was so much atmosphere to infer from the photo. I had no way of knowing what you all would come up with. I was totally blown away by your creativity and the depth of meaning shared in your poetry.

Photo by Balaji Malliswamy

There was so much great poetry, it took me two days just to read and comment on all the entries! Here are a few of the highlights:

Foreshadows, Kerfe Roig

The Crocodile, Robbie Cheadle

The Enemy Revealed, Linda Lee Lyberg

The Watcher, D.G. Kaye

Man vs. Nature, Jude Itakali

The Reward, Radhika

Everyone had a different take on the photo which made this so much fun! Ultimately, I chose Frank Tassone’s tanka prose because it spoke to the human condition. Short, sweet, and to the point, Frank sets the blame for the coronavirus in our own reptilian egos.

Winston Churchill once said:


For me, Frank’s tanka prose echoes the political realities of our brave new world. I also like that he wrote in the second person as if pointing his figure at each of us equally. We’ll all have to shoulder the responsibility for this virus for sure.

Isn’t it interesting how the virus seems to color our current perspective? Do you look at things differently now?

Congratulations, Frank Tassone, it’s your turn to pick the photo for next month’s challenge. Please Email me your photo at tankatuesdaypoetry@gmail.com before next month’s challenge. Thank you.


When did you imagine that the world revolved around you? Did it take a stray strand of rogue gene to prove otherwise?

How utterly predictable of you!

a glimpse of

pitiable reptillian

indifference …

we can only blame ourselves

for the fix that we’re in

©2020 Frank J. Tassone

Click the link below:

Heads up… Starting with tomorrow’s challenge we will begin using the Mr. Linky link-up widget to link your poetry to the challenge post.

All you have to do is click the link, add your name, and the URL of your post. Don’t forget to click the small checkbox on Mr. Linky about data protection. Please continue to do a link back on your post to my challenge post. By using Mr. Linky that means no more copying poems into the comments.

From now on, when you visit the challenge post, click the Mr. Linky icon and you will find a list of everyone who has added their poem to the linkup. This way, you can visit the other poets and leave comments on their blogs.

I tried to do this last year, but for whatever reason the widget wouldn’t work. Now that I’m on the business plan, it works!

Many thanks to dVerse Poets for the Mr. Linky inspiration. You guys ROCK!

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: Frank Tassone

  1. Thanks Colleen. Yes, Frank’s prose and poem were profound and exceptional. I agree. Congratulations Frank


  2. Thank you Colleen the linky is a great idea. Well done to all who got a mention and especially our champion Frank J. Tassone, well done Frank 💜


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