Colleen’s 2020 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 184, #SpecificForm

WELCOME TO TANKA TUESDAY!

It’s the fifth Tuesday of the month! This is our chance to work with a specific syllabic poetry form. Take this opportunity to learn more about the particular form.

This week’s form is:

Haibun

Here’s a quick review of the Haibun form which consists of prose and at least one Haiku.

Consider this a sneak peak of my new book, Word Craft ~ Prose & Poetry which is in the final stages.

By the way, I need Haibun poetry to use as examples in the book. Same conditions as before. I use your poetry, you retain all rights to your work, and I quote you in the Bibliography. Thank you in advance!

  • Begin the haibun with a title. The title should hint at something barely noticeable in the beginning which comes together by the ending.
  • Your haibun prose can be written in present or past tense including, first person (I), third person (he/she), or first-person plural (we).
  • Subject matter: autobiographical prose, travel journal, a slice of life, memory, dream, character sketch, place, event, or object. Focus on one or two elements.
  • Keep your prose simple, all excessive words should be pared down or deleted. Nothing should be overstated.
  • The length can be brief with one or two sentences with a haiku, or longer prose with a haiku sandwiched between, to longer memoir works including many haiku.
  • There are different Haibun styles: Idyll: (One prose paragraph and one haiku) haiku/prose, or prose/haiku; Verse Envelope: haiku/prose/haiku; Prose Envelope: prose/haiku/prose, including alternating prose and verse elements of your choice.
  • The prose tells the story and gives the information which helps to define the theme. It creates a mood through tone, paving the way for the haiku.
  • The haiku should act as a comparison—different yet somehow connected to the prose, as it moves the story forward by taking the narrative in another direction.
  • The haiku should not attempt to repeat, quote, or explain the prose. Instead, the haiku resolves the conflict in an unexpected way. Sometimes, the haiku questions the resolution of the prose. While the prose is the narrative, the haiku is the revelation or the reaction.

As an added bit to the challenge… please use Frank J. Tassone’s photo as the inspiration for your Haibun. Frank says this spot is called Getrude’s Nose, a Rocky promenade located in Minnewaska Preserve State Park, in the Shawangunk Mountains outside New Paltz, New York (about a 2 hour drive out of NYC). Please include the copyright to the photo in your post.

© 2020 Frank J. Tassone

For Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge, you can write your poem in the forms defined on the Poetry Challenge Cheatsheet:

Here are some great sites that will help you write your poetry and count syllables

synonyms.com 

This site even has a link so you can install the extension on Google Chrome.

thesaurus.com

For Synonyms and Antonyms. When your word has too many syllables, find one that works.

howmanysyllables.com

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.

I don't get it

THE *NEW* RULES

  • Write a poem using a form of your choice: Haiku, Senryu, Haiga, Tanka, Gogyohka, Haibun, Tanka Prose, Cinquain, and its variations, Ehteree, Nonet, and Shadorma.
  • Post it on your blog.
  • Include a link back to the challenge in your post. (copy the https:// address of this post into your post).
  • Copy your link into the Mr. Linky below (underlined with a hyperlink).
  • Please click the small checkbox on Mr. Linky about data protection.
  • Read and comment on some of your fellow poets’ work.
  • Like and leave a comment below if you choose to do so.

The screenshot below shows what Mr. Linky looks like inside. Add your name, and the URL of your post. Click the box about the privacy policy (It’s blue). As everyone adds their links to Mr. Linky, you can view the other submissions by clicking on the Mr. Linky link on the challenge post. All the links will show in the order of posting.

Follow the schedule listed below:

Don't forget

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, #Gogyohka, #Tanka, #TankaProse, #micropoetry, #poetry, #5lines, #Haibun, #Prose, #CinquainPoetry, #Etheree, #Nonet, #Shadorma

Now, have fun and write some poetry!


Weekly Poetry Challenge Stars | Theme Prompt: @SCVincent

Pat R. from last month’s challenge picked this month’s theme. I know this challenge was difficult! Congratulations to everyone who took part. You stepped up and met the challenge head-on! Bravo to you all!

This month’s theme prompt:

“…In the world’s broad field of battle, In the bivouac of Life,
Be not like dumb, driven cattle! Be a hero in the strife…”

OR


“…Lives of great men all remind us
   We can make our lives sublime,
And, departing, leave behind us
   Footprints on the sands of time…”

From:

A Psalm of Life

By American Poet, HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW

What The Heart Of The Young Man Said To The Psalmist

Here is a link to the full poem:
A Psalm of Life by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow | Poetry Foundation

Here are everyone’s links, courtesy of Mr. Linky:

1.Padre6.Sue Vincent11.Vashti Quiroz- Vega
2.Dave Madden7.kittysverses12.Sally Cronin
3.Tina Stewart Brakebill8.Traci Kenworth13.Merril D. Smith
4.joem18b9.Kerfe Roig14.Marsha Ingrao
5.Pat R10.Donna Matthews  

I know many of you thought this was difficult, but it’s all in interpreting Longfellow’s words. This will mean something different to everyone, I’m sure.

For example, Merril D. Smith said, “I did a bit of riffing on Longfellow. “Great men” and his pompous tone just makes me go there.” I loved her interpretation!

Click the link below to read her poem:

Some of you said that you had difficulty with Found Poetry. Wikipedia shares:

Found poetry is a type of poetry created by taking words, phrases, and sometimes whole passages from other sources and reframing them (a literary equivalent of a collage[1]) by making changes in spacing and lines, or by adding or deleting text, thus imparting new meaning. The resulting poem can be defined as either treated: changed in a profound and systematic manner; or untreated: virtually unchanged from the order, syntax and meaning of the poem.

The form was popularised by comedian Dave Gorman, who would include a found poem compiled from Internet comments around a topical theme in every episode of his television show Dave Gorman: Modern Life Is Goodish.

Wikipedia.com

Sue Vincent shows how she created her found poetry. Click the link below:

It was tough, picking only one poem to highlight. I went with Sue’s poem! Click the link above to stop by and leave her a comment.

Congratulations, Sue Vincent, it’s your turn to pick the theme for July’s theme prompt challenge. Please Email me your choice at tankatuesdaypoetry@gmail.com a week before next month’s challenge.

See you tomorrow for a new challenge!

#TarotTuesday – The World – Writing and Music: Jan Sikes

I’m in the home stretch of finishing Word Craft – Prose & Poetry, my How-To book on how to write syllabic poetry for beginners. In the meantime, my #Fairy #Tarot #Friday readings have been put on hold.

But, never fear… Jan Sikes is here with her amazing #TarotTuesday spot on her blog. Please, enjoy. Her readings keep me sane in crazy times.

Source: #TarotTuesday – The World – Writing and Music

“Books That Changed Me”– 2020 Summer Edition! @ColleenChesebro @dehauthor @jhawker69 @boom_lyn – Author D.L. Finn

This is a re-blog of D.L. Finn’s post, below. I was honored and thrilled for my book, Fairies, Myths, and Magic ~ A Summer Celebration, to make Denise’s “Books that Changed Me,” Summer edition list.

There are other authors and books listed as well. Please have a read. You might find your next favorite book.

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“The longest day of the year has arrived along with thoughts of swimming in our lakes and rivers. It’s the perfect time of the year to lounge under the stars gazing at the possibilities while being serenaded by the crickets. Yes, summer is here, and when I’m not swimming or watching for a comet to streak across the sky, I will be reading and posting my reviews.”

“Today there will be a different look for my “Books That Changed Me” Summer Edition. I’ve changed the format and won’t be re-sharing my reviews for the books anymore. I want to focus more on the stories or poems that moved me enough to “change” me…”

Read more:

Source: “Books That Changed Me”– 2020 Summer Edition! @ColleenChesebro @dehauthor @jhawker69 @boom_lyn – Author D.L. Finn

Colleen’s 2020 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 183, #ThemePrompt

WELCOME TO TANKA TUESDAY!

Trimming up the POET TREE for this week – courtesy of Carrot Ranch Literary Community: Read about it HERE

It’s the fourth week of the month! Are you ready for a theme prompt? Pat R. from last month’s challenge picked the theme. You can choose either quote or both if you’d like.

This month’s theme is:

“…In the world’s broad field of battle, In the bivouac of Life,
Be not like dumb, driven cattle! Be a hero in the strife…”

OR


“…Lives of great men all remind us
   We can make our lives sublime,
And, departing, leave behind us
   Footprints on the sands of time…”

From:

A Psalm of Life

By American Poet, HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW

What The Heart Of The Young Man Said To The Psalmist

Here is a link to the full poem:
A Psalm of Life by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow | Poetry Foundation

So… what do you do with these quotes? Read the Longfellow quotes and see if they inspire words of your own which then become found poetry. Check out some other ideas in the Found Poetry link for inspiration.

If that doesn’t work, what do you feel after reading these quotes? Are there certain words that resonate with you? Go with your gut! Write some amazing poetry!

On the Monday before the next challenge, I’ll select someone to choose next month’s theme.

For Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge, you can write your poem in the forms defined on the Poetry Challenge Cheatsheet:

Here are some great sites that will help you write your poetry and count syllables

synonyms.com 

This site even has a link so you can install the extension on Google Chrome.

thesaurus.com

For Synonyms and Antonyms. When your word has too many syllables, find one that works.

howmanysyllables.com

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.

I don't get it

NEW RULES

  • Write a poem using a form of your choice: Haiku, Senryu, Haiga, Tanka, Gogyohka, Haibun, Tanka Prose, Cinquain, and its variations, Ehteree, Nonet, and Shadorma.
  • Post it on your blog.
  • Include a link back to the challenge in your post. (copy the https:// address of this post into your post).
  • Copy your link into the Mr. Linky below (underlined with a hyperlink).
  • Please click the small checkbox on Mr. Linky about data protection.
  • Read and comment on some of your fellow poets’ work.
  • Like and leave a comment below if you choose to do so.

The screenshot below shows what Mr. Linky looks like inside. Add your name, and the URL of your post. Click the box about the privacy policy (It’s blue). As everyone adds their links to Mr. Linky, you can view the other submissions by clicking on the Mr. Linky link on the challenge post. All the links will show in the order of posting.

Follow the monthly schedule listed below:

Don't forget

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, #micropoetry, #poetry, #5lines, #Haibun, #Prose, #CinquainPoetry, #Etheree, #Nonet, #Shadorma #Gogyohka, #TankaProse

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Now, have fun and write some poetry!


Weekly Poetry Challenge Stars | #PhotoPrompt No. 182

Thanks everyone for the lovely poetry dedicated to my new writing muse, Freyja. I’ve decided to create a collage of poems, along with the author’s names, and a photo of Freyja that I can frame and hang in my creative room. I’ll work on that this week and share it in a post.

Frank J. Tassone provided a photo for this week, but with my crazy schedule this week, I didn’t get it in enough time for the scheduled post. So, the June 30th challenge (the fifth week is usually a specific form) I’ll use Frank’s photo as the prompt. Stay tuned because tomorrow’s prompt will be a theme you won’t want to miss.

I’ve updated the post to include all the participants:

1.Padre8.Elizabeth15.Vashti Quiroz- Vega
2.Kim9.anita dawes16.Kerfe Roig
3.Trent McDonald10.sangeetha17.Sally Cronin
4.Jules11.kittysverses18.Linda Lee Lyberg
5.Ritu Bhathal12.Jude19.Pat R.

I loved all of your poetry this week. Sally Cronin’s Etheree, “The Wise Woman’s Apprentice,” stole my heart.

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

Image by Huda Nur from Pixabay

The Wise Woman’s Apprentice

This
tiny
and fluffy
bundle of love
has a destiny
about to be fulfilled
in the most glorious way
as she is inducted into
the magical world of enchantment
of being a wise woman’s apprentice

©2020 Sally Cronin

Freyja commandeered a desk shelf!

See you tomorrow for the new challenge!

Colleen’s 2020 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 182 #PhotoPrompt

WELCOME TO TANKA TUESDAY!

It’s the third week of the month! Time for a #PhotoPrompt! On Wednesday, my new writing muse, Freyja will finally come home. At eight weeks old, I’m sure she will be a lot of fun. To celebrate, I selected the photo for this month’s challenge. This isn’t my little girl, but this kitty looks close enough!

Write your poem using one of the syllabic poetry forms on the cheatsheet below. Don’t forget to add the image credits on your blog. Don’t forget to link the URL of your poem in Mr. Linky. Have fun!

Image by Huda Nur from Pixabay

On the Monday before the next challenge, I will pick a poem from this week’s challenge and share it on my blog. Whoever I pick will choose the photo for next month’s challenge! Email your selection to me at tankatuesdaypoetry@gmail.com a week before the challenge. Thank 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 (click the link below):

Here are some great sites that will help you write your poetry and count syllables

synonyms.com 

This site even has a link so you can install the extension on Google Chrome.

thesaurus.com

For Synonyms and Antonyms. When your word has too many syllables, find one that works.

howmanysyllables.com

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.

I don't get it

THE *NEW* RULES

  • Write a poem using a form of your choice: Haiku, Senryu, Haiga, Tanka, Gogyohka, Haibun, Tanka Prose, Cinquain, and its variations, Ehteree, Nonet, and Shadorma.
  • Post it on your blog.
  • Include a link back to the challenge in your post. (copy the https:// address of this post into your post).
  • Copy your link into the Mr. Linky below (underlined with a hyperlink).
  • Please click the small checkbox on Mr. Linky about data protection.
  • Read and comment on some of your fellow poets’ work.
  • Like and leave a comment below if you choose to do so.

The screenshot below shows what Mr. Linky looks like inside. Add your name, and the URL of your post. Click the box about the privacy policy (It’s blue). As everyone adds their links to Mr. Linky, you can view the other submissions by clicking on the Mr. Linky link on the challenge post. All the links will show in the order of posting.

Follow the schedule listed below:

Don't forget

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, #Gogyohka, #Tanka, #TankaProse, #micropoetry, #poetry, #5lines, #Haibun, #Prose, #CinquainPoetry, #Etheree, #Nonet, #Shadorma

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Now, have fun and write some poetry!


Fairies, Myths, & Magic ~ A Summer Celebration is on Sale

I’ve got great news… wait, let me get off my unicorn before I fall off!

This is a huge week for my family! On Wednesday, we bring home our new kitten, Freyja. Saturday is Litha, the Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year. Later that afternoon, my daughter Amy is marrying the love of her life, Joe, on the beach in Florida. I won’t be able to attend, but we’ve got a way for us to see the ceremony through FaceTime. What would we do without technology?

Come and celebrate with me! I’ve listed Fairies, Myths, & Magic ~ A Summer Celebration at $.99 for the rest of the month. The paperback is only $5.99 and would make a lovely gift for anyone who loves magical stories and poetry.

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Step into a world where fairies, dragons, and other magical beings converge in a collection of poetry and short stories inspired by the celebration of Litha, the Summer Solstice.

Meet Drac, a dragon cursed by his own poisonous deeds, and two pixies who help an old man remember a lost love. You’ll meet a pair of fairies with a sense of humor, and a young girl who fulfills her destiny after being struck by lightning. Learn what happens when a modern witch’s spell goes terribly wrong. Meet the Sisters of the Fey, a group of Slavic Witches who sign a pact with the Rusalki Fey to preserve their magic for the good of all.

Atmospheric and haunting, the prose and poetry, will rewrite the mythologies of the past bringing them into the future.

 

Celebrate the Summer Solstice

This summer solstice—
cheer the balmy rising sun
Litha blessings flow.
Triumph the light over dark,
feed the fires of midsummer.

©2018 Colleen M. Chesebro

The Summer Solstice is only days away! With the Covid19 Pandemic in full swing, join us live on Facebook HERE to experience the Summer Solstice at Stonehenge.

Image Credit: Facebook Event

Looking for a more hands on craft? Celebrate the Summer Solstice by making flower crowns! Check out Lavender Moon’s post below to learn more!

Source: how to make a flower crown: summer solstice edition – lavender moon

Weekly Poetry Challenge Stars | Synonyms Only, No. 181: Anita Dawes

What a crazy week it’s been. I’m glad to put last week behind me. I had computer issues and then WiFi issues! WordPress has been slow and unresponsive. I finally changed my browser to Firefox so I could finish this post. Everything seems unstable. Hopefully, everything works again… Fingers crossed.

Sorry, it took me so long to visit your poetry. I look forward to reading your poems each week.

I’m almost finished writing Word Craft ~ Prose & Poetry. I wanted to make sure that everyone understands that I’ve been grabbing much of your challenge poetry to use after each chapter as examples of how to write the Japanese and American forms. If I use your poetry, you keep all the rights to your poem. I use citations that link to you in the bibliography in the back of the book.

If you do not want your poetry included in the book, please email me at tankatuesdaypoetry@gmail.com and let me know. I don’t want anyone to worry about copyright laws. Thanks.

Linda Lee Lyberg picked an impressive pair of words for us to work with this week for our #SynonymsOnly challenge: “Nimble & Enigma.”

Mr. Linky has provided the links to everyone’s poem below.

1.Padre8.Linda Lee Lyberg15.Sally Cronin
2.Kim9.joem18b16.Jude
3.Kim10.Jules17.Kerfe Roig
4.kittysverses11.Tessa Dean18.theindieshe
5.s. s.12.anita dawes19.Colleen Chesebro
6.Ritu Bhathal13.Elizabeth20.Vashti Quiroz- Vega
7.Dave Madden14.Sue Vincent

Everyone’s poetry has reached new heights in creativity. I’m so impressed! It just goes to show that with practice, we all become better poets.

I thought I had better explain my theory in selecting a poet to highlight in the Synonyms Only, Photo Prompt, and Theme Prompt challenges. There is no poet of the week this year. I’ve been selecting poets, intending to give everyone a chance for me to highlight their poetry and the opportunity to have a say in the prompts. Mainly, I want everyone to have fun!

So, this week I selected Anita Dawes to pick next month’s syllables! Anita’s poem is featured below. I like the magical quality to Anita’s word choice. My daughter is getting married on the Summer Solstice. I told Anita her poem reminded me of a pagan handfasting ceremony where the couple litterally ties the knot!

Congratulations, Anita Dawes, it’s your turn to pick the words for the Synonyms Only challenge for July 2020. Please Email me your choice of words at tankatuesdaypoetry@gmail.com before next month’s challenge.

Nimble & Enigma”

Knot
Your string
Then again
Make your best wish
Swift it will return
By age-old magic true
Agile mind, no puzzle there
The veil will part to let it through
Beware the partnership it returned
Darkest mystery made with you in mind…

©anitadawes2020

See you tomorrow for the new challenge!