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. <3

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!

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About Colleen Chesebro: WordCraftPoetry

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. Thank you very much, Colleen for your encouragement and efforts. The Christmas tree is sparkling. 🙂

  2. All of the cinquain collections are beautiful. 🙂

  3. The garland is so beautiful 💜

  4. 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. 💜💜💜

  5. This is just wonderful 🥰

  6. 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 <3 <3

  7. Lovely! It was so much fun to read these strung together, like peeking through decorated holiday windows.

  8. Wonderful, Colleen. Blessings to you in the New Year!

  9. I just read the cinquain Christmas tree garland, and I enjoyed it very much!

  10. Gorgeous post, Sis❣️ I loved all the poems! Enjoy the rest of the holiday season, and stay safe and healthy.♥️

  11. What a lovely presentation of poetry, Colleen! Each poem, a beautiful reflection of the season. Wishing you the best of luck with your move! 💖

  12. D.L. Finn, Author

    I loved the poet tree!

  13. A beautiful garland! (K)

  14. Gorgeous entries! Congrats to all! <3

  15. Love this, Colleen! Thanks so much for sharing. Cheers to all! xo

  16. A beautiful garland of holiday poetry, Colleen. ❤️🎄 Thanks so much for including my little poem.

  17. How beautiful. I love the way the poems belonged together. What a fitting tribute to the holidays. Wishing you a wonderful new year, Colleen. <3

  18. Wow, putting all the poems together is a poem of its own! What a great roundup.

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