Welcome to our weekly poetry stars celebration. This week’s challenge was to choose synonyms for the words, “sanctuary and follow,” 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.

Many thanks to everyone who joined in below:

1.Annette Rochelle Aben8.Jules15.Sangeetha
2.Cheryl9.Donna Matthews16.Tricia Heriz- Smith
3.kittysverses10.Myrna Migala17.Sally Cronin
4.D. L. Finn11.Ruth Klein’s Scribbles18.theindieshe
5.Gwen Plano12.Jude19.Colleen Chesebro
6.anita dawes13.Elizabeth  
7.Goutam Dutta14.Ken Gierke / rivrvlogr  

Thanks so much for joining in this challenge! I know the words were tough, but it’s always fun to see what you can come up with. You’ve all outdone yourselves! Remember, this isn’t a contest, I select someone each week and highlight their work. It also gives you the opportunity to choose the words for next month’s challenge.

This week, I chose Ruth Klein’s Abhanga series to highlight. I love the gentle rhyming in an Abhanga poem. This form is most effective when two or more stanzas are added to make a longer form. Ruth wrote about something that is dear to her heart, and you can feel how important this moment in time is to her through her words.

"Where Magic Happens"

each morning I retreat
to be free of the walls
and hear the birds calling,
where I can write  

a haven to bird watch—
they sing, hidden from view
trees are their refuge, true,
blessed be trees  

the heat, today extreme
I sit and melt away
waiting, watching, each day
magic happens

©️Ruth Klein aka RuthScribbles

This week, I’ve asked Ruth Klein to choose the two words for next month’s synonyms-only challenge. Please email your words 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!

23 thoughts on “#TANKATUESDAY #POETRY STARS | #SynonymsOnly: Sanctuary & Follow

          1. Willow, that is the nicest thing to say. Thank you. I’m good with my poetry and writing. I’m sure this was a wakeup call to remind me that I needed to believe in myself much more. ❤


    1. Thanks Franci. Yes. I’m not impressed with the new widgets. They work fine, but I couldn’t use the Vivaldi Browser any more. I had to go back to Google Chrome, which seems to be the only browser that works on WP for me. The old editor plugin will be gone in December 2021. Folks need to get prepared for more changes to come. ❤

      Liked by 1 person

      1. I use both Firefox and Vivaldi for everything. The widgets seemed to take a long time to load on both browsers. There were some advantages once I got used to them. Yep, I am glad I learned blocks a little at a time. ❤️

        Liked by 1 person

          1. Well, the old editor stopped working for premium and free blogs months ago. This is the plug-in for self hosed and the business plan that is discontinued December of 2021. Most people are using the new editor, I believe.


Comments are closed.