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
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”

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…


See you tomorrow for the new challenge!

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About Colleen Chesebro: WordCraftPoetry

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. Wowee! What an honour, Colleen. Thank you for this opportunity to choose the words for the July synonyms only week!

  2. I really liked Linda’s prompt words, but I had a bunch of projects to finish, and I never got a chance to write for this challenge. Excellent job by all. Congratulations, Anita!

  3. Congratulations to Anita and all who took part… I love reading, just wish I had more time to contribute… <3
    Love and well wishes <3

  4. Great choice. Congratulations to Anita. (K)

  5. Simple lovely! Congrats Anita!

  6. Congrats Anita! Love your choice Colleen. Well, it seems I’ve been on the blink as I remember starting a response to this prompt but didn’t get back to it. Next time😊.
    Will be by tomorrow


  7. Sis, the planet is short circuiting, lol. Congrats to Anita for her beautiful poem <3

  8. Wow! Sounds like a week of obstacles, Colleen. Congratulations to Anita! Great poem!

  9. Big congratulations to Anita and Jayne, I can’t wait to see what words they come up with

  10. A great collection again Colleen and thanks for all the effort that goes into putting this together.. and wonderful poem by Anita.. looking forward to the next challenge. ♥

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