Welcome to our weekly poetry stars celebration. This week’s challenge was to choose synonyms for the words, “loose and tight,” using one of these forms: Haiku, Senryu, Haiga, Tanka, Gogyohka, Haibun, Tanka Prose, Renga, Solo-Renga, Cinquain, and its variations, Etheree, Nonet, Shadorma, Badger Hexastich (hexastich for short), and Abhanga.

Remember… the first of the month you have the opportunity to write any syllabic poetry form of your choice. The rest of the time, we write our syllabic poetry in one of the forms listed, and we follow a schedule (posted below). I do this for a couple of reasons. Those of you who would like to enter contests or submit your poetry to literary journals are required to follow their rules. This challenge gives you that practice. Besides, why enter a challenge if you don’t follow the rules? That’s the challenge part. ❤

Many thanks to everyone who joined in below:

1.ladyleemanila10.Laura McHarrie19.The Versesmith
2.Henry. C11.D. L. Finn20.Jude
3.Trent McDonald12.Myrna at myforever21.Vashti Quiroz- Vega
4.theindieshe13.Anita Dawes22.Ruth
5.Ritu Bhathal14.kittysverses23.M J Mallon
6.s. s.15.Cheryl24.Sally Cronin
7.willowdot2116.Gwen Plano25.Annette Rochelle Aben
8.Dave Madden17.Erlyn Olivia26.Kerfe Roig

I’m having WordPress issues again. My Safari browser won’t let me log in to most of your blogs, including my own. I have a workaround for now, but it only works part of the time. I’ll tackle this issue with WP tomorrow. I REFUSE to use Google Chrome. My MAC does not do well with that browser. Anyway, bear with me.

ALSO: Make sure you are grabbing the URL of your “published” post when you link back to the challenge and in Mr. Linky. I had two links this week that I couldn’t find the poetry for. If you need extra help with these features, let me know and I will help you. ❤

I was totally blown away by your poetry this week. Good job everybody! Ultimately, I chose Sally Cronin’s butterfly cinquain, “Fate’s Voice,” to be our star of the week.

This week, I’ve asked Sally Cronin to choose the two words for next month’s #SynonymsOnly challenge. Please email your words to me at least a week before the challenge to tankatuesdaypoetry@gmail.com. Thanks.

Fate’s Voice

the mind wanders
to explore the ‘what ifs’
of decisions made long ago
in life
designed to be inflexible
without the give and take
to allow fate
its voice.

©Sally Cronin 2021

See you tomorrow for the NEW Challenge!


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