TANKA TUESDAY POETRY CHALLENGE STARS | Theme Challenge: Holiday Traditions ~ Cinquain

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Last I week I challenged all of you to write a holiday themed cinquain poem with a syllable count of 2/4/6/8/2. I’m so happy you shared your holiday traditions with us. Many thanks to everyone who joined in below:

1.Padre 9.Jules (flash fiction) 17.Ruth 
2.Jude 10.The Versesmith 18.kittysverses 
3.Ritu Bhathal 11.Kat 19.Kerfe Roig 
4.theindieshe 12.Merril D. Smith 20.S. Anne Davis 
5.Trent McDonald 13.Eugenia 21.Annette Rochelle Aben 
6.willowdot21 14.Chel Owens 22.Colleen Chesebro 
7.Cheryl 15.Goutam Dutta 23.Reena Saxena
8.myforever 16.s..  24. Sarah Brentyn

However, in my mind’s eye, I envisioned each of our cinquain poems strung together like a garland wrapped around our “poet-tree.” I’ve added your cinquain poems below, flowing in a visual garland from left to right. I’ve only added one of your cinquain poems, so please visit the links to the blogs to read the other poetic surprises not included. ❤

Word Craft ~ Prose & Poetry’s POET TREE

Now, close your eyes and imagine a garland made from our cinquain poems (and a few other kinds of poetry) wrapping around the tree.

Yuletide—
the longest night
of celestial darkness
brings us the return of sunshine— 
balanced

©2020 Colleen
Little
Loving tokens 
Not presents expensive
No gold or incense from three kings
Love gifts

©2020 Padre
Christmas
Each one, teach one
Share skills, ask a question
Many cooks, yet better dishes
Bonded

©2020 Jude
Music
Handmade glass bulbs
Ancient songs about birth
Cheap ornaments bought in childhood
Gingerbread

©2020 Trent
Christmas  
Family time  
Festive sharing of love  
Presents given, food all eaten  
Christmas  

©2020 Ritu
Christmas
Memories to
Hand down, decorating
The hearth and tree, cosy, cooking.
Sleepy.

©2020 Willow
Morning
Early risers
Children forage stockings
Moms and dads still faking sleeping
Joyful

©2020 Cheryl
Back then
Stockings were hung
By the chimney with care
I loved them more than all the gifts
Wrapped
 
 ©2020 Lisa
darkest
night of winter
fair planets kiss, glowing
age of Aquarius dawning
solstice

©2020 kat
Listen
to the laughter,
chocolate-chased giggling and
bageled love feasts. Sweet echoes that
linger

©2020 Merril
noel
beyond joyful
sleigh bells jingle jangle
snow flakes fluttering to and fro
Christmas

©2020 Eugenia
Still, still
Sweet, silent night
Whispered stable story
Glad tidings sung of hist’ry writ
Baby

©2020 Chel
Festival  
Multi-Cultural, Global  
Merrymaking, revelry, bonding  
Inducing sense of hope  
Commemoration 

©2020 Goutam
at last
finding herself
completely unprepared
gobsmacked under a mistletoe
first kiss

©2020 mindfills of s.s.
turkey
chutney dressing
children open presents
giving smiling laughing hugging
kinfolk

©2020 Ruth
Carols,
Decorations,
Winter magic sets in,
Santa Claus is coming to town*,
Christmas.

©2020 Aishwara (Kitty's Verses)
cookies
tree lights sparkling
music and kitchen cheer
exchanging gifts of Love Actu
ally

©2020 Kerfe
Cookies
Frosting fingers
Rolling the memories
Forming shapes of childhood
Baked love

©2020 Ann
Sis makes mincemeat pies
Father sends brother fruit cakes
My hips keep growing

©2020 Annette Rochelle Aben
painting
colors of love
on food plates and presents
I watch Christmas trees turn green with
envy

©2020 Reena
Lucky
To have other
Poets and storytellers
To explore seasonal greetings
Hurrah!

©2020 Jules
Winter
Snowflakes drifting
Darkness descends softly
Emerging sunlight proffers hope
Rebirth

©2020 Sarah

Thanks for being my poetry stars! See you tomorrow for the last challenge of the year!

62 thoughts on “TANKA TUESDAY POETRY CHALLENGE STARS | Theme Challenge: Holiday Traditions ~ Cinquain

  1. That was an inspirational image Colleen.. I so hope you had a beautiful Christmas.. And may the STARS shine down on all of us as we close this year down and enter into 2021… Lots of love and many many thanks for your friendship Colleen .. Here’s sending you love and many blessings for positive changes we each now have to step up and choose to create both within and without..
    Lots of love.. Sue ❤ ❤

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