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In a few short weeks, Christmas has once again snuck up on us! Happy Holidays everyone. Congratulations to everyone who finds the time to jump into this challenge. I know many of us are alone for the holidays, so I want to let you know that I will have a challenge up for the next two Tuesdays: 12/22 and 12/29. If you’re bored… hop on and get creative!

My first poetry challenge in January will (hopefully) be on the 18th! Fingers crossed that I have Wi-Fi by then in the new house.

January will be busy! A special thank you goes out to Frank J. Tassone, who graciously went through my manuscript for Word Craft ~ Prose & Poetry. He’s acted in the capacity as my Japanese poetry content editor for the book. I couldn’t have done this without his knowledge and expertise. Thank you, Frank!

I have the first round of edits to complete and then the book is on the way to my regular editor to see if we need any more edits. I’m thrilled that I will publish this book in the coming months. It is truly a dream come true.

Many thanks to everyone this week for all the lovely poetry written this week using the image below. Here’s everyone who joined in:

1.Trent McDonald8.anita dawes15.Goutam Dutta
2.willowdot219.kittysverses16.Linda Lee Lyberg
3.s. s.10.kat17.Vashti Quiroz- Vega
4.The Versesmith11.D. L. Finn18.Kerfe Roig
5.Ritu Bhathal12.Jules19.D. Wallace Peach
6.Robbie Cheadle13.Eugenia20.theindieshe
7.Jude14.Myrna21.Ruth Scribbles

We had a great turnout of poets who accepted my extra challenge of creating a wakiku to accompany my hokku.

Here is my hokku based on the image.

hazy reflections—
crows gather to remember
the gifts of summer

The different wakiku’s follow:

Seasons whisper to the deer.
Gently as they ride with crows.

Pyramids built on hot sands
Dream reflections of lost time…

As winter slowly creeps in
Burying those sweet memories.

a brief moments of respite
dispelled like a soap bubble

migrating thoughts never lost
peaceful times for spirits loved

ancestors speak in voices
carried by skies singing wings


I really enjoyed this collaborative style of poetry. Renga can be a lot of fun to write. We will have to try this again. I’ll see you tomorrow for another Tanka Tuesday challenge, Word Crafters!

Happy Winter Solstice!

Many Yule blessings—
may the joy of gratitude
find its way to you

©2020 Colleen M. Chesebro

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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. Happy holidays 🎄⛄🎅🛷😀

  2. Seasons greetings, Sis 💜💜💜

  3. Enjoy the holiday season and thanks for bringing a bit of poetry into our lives. Take care! ♥

  4. Not sure how you are coping, what with moving and all, but so glad you are, Colleen!

  5. Beautiful post, glad your prompt is staying to keep us company. Hugs and kisses

  6. Happy Winter Solstice to you, too, Colleen!

  7. Looking forward to that book! (K )

  8. Your beautiful prompt inspired a lot of muses! Happy holidays, Colleen, and thanks for the year of poetry. Your challenges were a wonderful diversion and break from the stress that seemed to hover over. And congrats on the progress with your book. I’m looking forward to it. 🙂 Merry Christmas and here’s to a happy, healthy, creative new year! <3

  9. Well dang. I forgot about Mr Linky.

  10. To all: May your shared lights make your lives bright!
    Happy first day of Winter everyone!! My days will get marginally longer. 🙂

    Colleen, Thanks in advance for the last two prompts of December. Here’s hoping your move goes smoothly and the unpacking is full of joy at the discovery of rearranging all of the belongings you’ve decided to keep!

    I enjoyed the different wakiku. ~ Jules

  11. Happy Solstice, Happy Holidays–and good luck with the move–and the book, too!

    • Many thanks, Merril. This solstice is special and includes the junction between Saturn and Jupiter. We are now in the new age of Aquarius! YES! Good energy will return and push out the destructive influences of the last four years. Happy Holidays, my friend. <3

  12. D.L. Finn, Author

    Happy Winter Solace, Colleen. I love all the different takes on Waikui!

    • A Blessed Yule to you, Denise. Wasn’t that fun experimenting with the renga. I love collaborative poetry. Especially when we all play off one another’s poems. Happy Yule. <3

  13. Thank you so much for the mention, Colleen! Happy Winter Solstice and have a joyous holiday season, And good luck with your move. ❤️

  14. Thank you Colleen, see you tomorrow 💜💜💜

  15. Yay you Sis. I don’t know how you do it. Next week I’m taking a well needed blogging break. Congrats to wonderful poets. <3

  16. Could only manage an etheree this week, Colleen… Happy holidays! https://jenanita01.com/2020/12/22/colleens-weekly-tanka-tuesday–poetry/

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