Welcome to our weekly poetry stars celebration. This week’s challenge was to write our poetry 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, Abhanga poetry) inspired by Trent McDonald’s photo shown below:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA: Image credit: Trent McDonald

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 who would like to enter contests or to submit their poetry to literary journals to learn how 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 challenging part. ❤

Many thanks to everyone who joined in below:

1.Cheryl 9.TJS Sherman 17.Vashti Quiroz- Vega 
2.ladyleemanila 10.anita dawes 18.Ruth Klein aka Ruth Scribbles 
3.Gwen Plano 11.Elizabeth 19.kittysverses 
4.Eugenia 12.sangeetha 20.Sally Cronin 
5.Ken Gierke / rivrvlogr 13.Balroop Singh 21.Kerfe Roig 
6.Jules 14.theindieshe 22.
7.Trent McDonald 15.Jude   
8.Padre 16.Marsha   

The challenge this week explored Ekphrastic writing inspired by visual art (photographs). When you write poetry based on a painting or photograph, we work with symbolism and metaphors. I asked everyone to not just describe what they saw in the image. I suggested we check out How to Write Ekphrastic Poetry and learn how to apply some techniques used in that article to our own poem.

I think you all did that and more! Photo prompts always bring out some of the best poetry and you guys did not disappoint! A few of these poems really stood out. Please check out:

Ken Gierke / rivrvlogr

TJS Sherman



Sally Cronin

anita dawes

Kerfe Roig’s poem, “Cascade,” was outstanding. This Badger hexastich says it all with only a few words. Kerfe captured the essence of the waterfall. I felt the poem was a metaphor for living life to the fullest. Well done!

Painting by Kerfe Roig

sheer and continuous
sparkled currents rising
in reflection

© Kerfe Roig

This week, I’ve asked Kerfe Roig to choose the photo for next month’s challenge. Please email your words to me at least a week before the challenge to tankatuesdaypoetry@gmail.com. Thanks.

Don’t forget to connect with the Word Craft Journal of Syllabic Verse at wordweavingpoetryjournal.com to learn the theme of this first journal.

See you tomorrow for the new challenge!

21 thoughts on “#Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Stars: #PhotoPrompt

  1. I too enjoyed all the posts I read. Lemme catch up with the ones I missed. Thanks Colleen for Tanka Tuesday.


      1. I’m still putting it together. This time it will have both free verse and symbolic poetry so it will take more planning than my first poetry book:) My fairy book is releasing this week though and why I’ve been quiet lately.

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