#TANKATUESDAY #POETRY STARS | #ThemePrompt: Expedition

Welcome to our weekly poetry stars celebration. This week’s challenge was to write your poetry using the theme of “expedition” chosen by Donna Matthews, using one of these forms: haiku, senryu, haiga, tanka, gogyohka, haibun, tanka prose, renga, solo renga, chōka, cinquain, and its variations, Etheree, nonet, shadorma, Badger hexastich, Abhanga, diatelle, the Kerf poetry, and any of the syllabic forms from the Poetscollective.org.

I have a bit of news I thought I’d share. Sometimes the universe drops unexpected gifts or opportunities on your doorstep that you can’t ignore. At least, that is how it was for me. I’ve accepted a part-time receptionist position at my local hair salon. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would find a job that I could work at without impeding my own creative writing endeavors! It’s truly a gift!

With that being said, for the next couple of weeks, I’ll be working more hours in training than when the training ends. I’ll do my best to keep up with comments and approving linkbacks. Don’t panic if you don’t see your link back approved immediately. I’ll get there as soon as I can. ❤

Many thanks to everyone who joined in below:

1.Trent McDonald 9.Laura McHarrie 17.theindieshe 
2.Gwen Plano 10.D. L. Finn 18.Donna Matthews 
3.Jude 11.Marsha 19.Vashti Quiroz- Vega 
4.willowdot21 12.Annette Rochelle Aben 20.Anisha 
5.Eugenia 13.Elizabeth 21.Ruth Klein’s Scribbles 
6.The Versesmith 14.Selma 22.
7.Reena Saxena 15.Sally Cronin   
8.Jules 16.Kerfe Roig   

This week, Vashti Quiroz-Vega’s shadorma leaped off the page! How many of us are armchair travelers, connecting with exciting expeditions through reading? Me, me… I know I’m one!

This shadorma flows with the natural rhythm of her chosen words. I like that one of Emily Dickinson’s poems inspired Vashti to write this shadorma. It’s a great message and sums up the theme of an expedition taken through the reading of books.


I opened
a book and entered.
The words spread
out their wings,
and took me on a journey
far from where I’ve been.

© Vashti Quiroz-Vega

This week, I’ve asked Vashti Quiroz-Vega to choose the prompt for next month’s theme challenge. Please email your choice of theme to me at least a week before the challenge to tankatuesdaypoetry@gmail.com. Thanks.

Submissions are now closed for the first edition of the wordweavingpoetryjournal.com. Stay in touch! Follow Word Weaving on Twitter @word_weaving.

See you tomorrow for the new challenge!

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.

43 thoughts on “#TANKATUESDAY #POETRY STARS | #ThemePrompt: Expedition

    1. Absolutely! Right now I’m loving the new series “A Discovery of Witches.” It’s full of fantasy, history, and all kinds of magic. I’ve three books this week… I need to write reviews. Thanks so much, Merril. ❤

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    1. Thanks, Franci. It’s going to be hectic for a couple of weeks, but once I get into the swing of things I think it will be good for us. Anything I can do to contribute to my social security… I’m all for it. LOL! 😀

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