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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

©2020 Ruth
Winter magic sets in,
Santa Claus is coming to town*,

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

©2020 Kerfe
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
colors of love
on food plates and presents
I watch Christmas trees turn green with

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

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

©2020 Sarah

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

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.

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

  1. Everyone made such a beautiful effort, it’s like our way of saying thank you to Colleen for all her hard work and encouragement she has given us through the years. 💜💜💜

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  2. 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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