Tanka Tuesday Weekly POETRY CHALLENGE STARS | Theme Prompt No. 200

For our 200th poetry challenge, Marsha Ingrao picked an impressive theme for us this week. The illusion of power is a thought-provoking subject. What is illusion? Smoke and mirrors? Or…?

The only real things in life are the unexpected things. Everything else is just an illusion.

Watkin Tudor Jones

And what about the illusion of power? We equate the word “power” with the ability to influence others… OR—

“All power is from within and therefore under our control.” .

Robert Collier

Here’s everyone who added their links to Mr. Linky and who worked with the theme: The Illusion of Power. Congratulations on a job well done!

1.willowdot218.Donna Matthews15.Pat R
2.Padre9.Gwen Plano16.Cheryl
3.Trent McDonald10.Goutam Dutta17.Dolores
4.kat11.Jude18.Sue Vincent
5.My Forever. blog12.s. s.19. Reena Saxena
6.Jules13.anita dawes 20.YOUR NAME GOES HERE!
7.Colleen Chesebro14.Aphrodite Beamish  

This week I selected Sue Vincent’s poem, “Illusive #midnighthaiku” as the featured poem. What I like most about this tanka is how the reader can gather more than one meaning from her words. Sue has a gift for making her readers think. I like that about her poetry. Nothing in this world is black and white… only shades of gray.

What is an illusion? An illusion is something that deceives by producing a false or misleading impression of reality. Read her poem and see how this definition fits her words.

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

©Sue Vincent

Illusive #midnighthaiku

Cling to illusions
Eyes closed holding back the tides
Dreamer’s paradise
Neither will nor rueful strength
Delaying the dawning light

©2020 Sue Vincent

source: suevincent.com

See you tomorrow, Word Crafters, for another new month of poetry challenges!

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.

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