WEEKLY POETRY CHALLENGE STARS | #ThemeChallenge: The Night Sky: Marsha Ingrao

Franci Hoffman from Eugi’s Causerie II selected the theme for us this week. The night sky was her pick, and it generated an amazing amount of poetry. Bravo, everyone. You kept me enthralled all week. ❤

Here’s everyone who joined in this week via Mr. Linky:

1.Padre11.Jules21.Dorinda Duclos
2.s. s.12.Ken Gierke / rivrvlogr22.Kat
3.Reena Saxena13.huwanahoy23.Kerfe Roig
4.anita dawes14.Marsha Ingrao24.Linda Lee Lyberg
6.Kim16.Goutam Dutta26.Merril D. Smith
7.Trent McDonald17.Gwen Plano27.Ruth Scribbles
8.Tina Stewart Brakebill18.Donna Matthews28.Pat R
9.theindieshe19.Jude29.M J Mallon
10.Myforever. blog20.Elizabeth

This week I selected Marsha Ingrao’s haiku sequence (including photographs) to pick next month’s theme.

I found her haiku garland to be really creative as it described different aspects of the night sky. In fact, she used all three haiku forms: 3/5/3, 2/3/2, and the traditional 5/7/5.

Did you know that many journals do not accept haiku written in the 5/7/5 format? I’ve not come across one yet, that does. If you do… Let me know.

Why is that? The reason is the way we count syllables in English compared to how the Japanese count onji (sounds). Modern haijin believes we should have fewer syllables to make our Haiku in English comparable to Japanese Haiku. So, fair warning… if you want your Japanese poetry published in a journal or other literary source, check out a previous edition of the journal first and count the syllables of the winning haiku. That is how you will know.

Congratulations, Marsha Ingrao, it’s your turn to pick the theme for next month’s challenge. Email me your choice at tankatuesdaypoetry@gmail.com before next month’s challenge.

Image by skeeze from Pixabay
Night blooms 
Promised dreams 
Daylight slumps and sleeps
Snoring with coyote's call
Signals predators
Mr. Moon
grumpy, sinister
Plots evil
Hides his face 
From tree owls lurking 
On the prowl
City Life
Lights control
City lights
glamor of the dark
Summer nights
spark the dark

©2020 Marsha Ingrao

source: https://tchistorygal.net/2020/09/22/haiku-the-night-skies-of-elderwood-maui-and-melbourne/

See you tomorrow for the new challenge!

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.

27 thoughts on “WEEKLY POETRY CHALLENGE STARS | #ThemeChallenge: The Night Sky: Marsha Ingrao

  1. Congratulations, Marsha. Not only were your haiku beautiful, but they were also instructive. Thank you on both fronts!

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  2. Wow! I got a comment on my notifications from Deb that I was picked this week! I’m so excited and thrilled. This has been a fun learning journey for me. Thank you so much, Colleen! 🙂

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