#TANKA TUESDAY #POETRY STARS #SynonymsOnly

Welcome to our weekly poetry stars celebration. This week’s challenge was to choose synonyms for the words, “search & lost,” 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 can 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. It requires those of you who would like to enter contests or to submit your poetry to literary journals to learn how to follow the rules. This challenge gives you that practice. Besides, why enter a challenge if you don’t follow the rules? That’s the challenging part. ❤

Many thanks to everyone who joined in below:

1.D. L. Finn10.The Versesmith19.Dorinda Duclos
2.ladyleemanila11.Jules20.Linda Lee Lyberg
3.Gwen Plano12.Annette Rochelle Aben21.Kerfe Roig
4.Cheryl13.Dr. Crystal Grimes22.M J Mallon
5.theindieshe14.Jude23.anita dawes
6.Laura McHarrie15.Myrna Migala24.Sally Cronin
7.Trent McDonald16.Ritu Bhathal25.Heather
8.willowdot2117.Goutam Dutta26.Colleen Chesebro
9.Erlyn Olivia18.ruthscribbles  

I could not believe all the great poetry this week! It’s been hard keeping up with NaPoWritMo, writing poems, and preparing for the big surprise at the end of the month! One thing is certain… you are all great poets and deserve stars!

Creativity is the name of the game in poetry. Who said you can’t combine some of the American forms with some prose thrown in to make longer poetry? Check out Jude’s poem, “The One thing we must never lose.” He combines shadorma and Abhanga poetry with a bit of prose to make a satisfying longer poem with a great message.

I loved all the creative Etheree poems this week, too. Check out Sally Cronin’s double reversed nonet: “Ageism.” Today (April 18th) is my birthday, so that poem really had me laughing! Thank you, Sally!

It was Ritu’s Etheree, “Search & Lost,” that grabbed my heart this week!

Set
Adrift
In my thoughts
Hunting wildly
Looking for the truth
The answers to my 'Whys'
Questions keep bombarding me
Will I find what I'm looking for?
Possibly not, but really, I know
The solution to all my woes... is me

©Ritu 2021

So, this week, I’ve asked Ritu to choose the prompt for next month’s challenge. Please email your words to me at least a week before the challenge to tankatuesdaypoetry@gmail.com. Thanks.


See you tomorrow for the new poetry challenge!

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