Welcome to our weekly poetry stars celebration. As I’m moving away from FaceBook Pages, I’ve created a Twitter account for Word Craft: Prose & Poetry. Please follow @SyllabicPoetry where I will start sharing your posts this week. The Facebook page will be deleted in the next day or so. Thanks. <3

This week’s challenge was to craft a syllabic poem, inspired by the photo below, 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.

Cheryl shared the image this week, and it was popular! There is so much magic in this photo. I’m going to share a few of the poets who created extraordinary poems using different forms and combinations of forms. The shorter forms are as powerful as the longer forms. It all comes down to word choice and how you express your thoughts. Like a short story, poetry can tell a story.


Sangeetha: Mindfills


Dorinda: Night Owl Poetry

Ruth Scribbles

Many thanks to everyone who joined in below:

1.willowdot21 9.Jules 17.anita dawes 
2.Reena Saxena 10.Elizabeth 18.Dorinda Duclos 
3.Jude 11.Tricia Heriz- Smith 19.Sally Cronin 
4.Anisha 12.M J Mallon 20.kittysverses 
5.Eugenia 13.Annette Rochelle Aben 21.Merril D. Smith 
6.Sangeetha 14.Pat R 22.Colleen Chesebro 
7.D. L. Finn 15.Ruth Klein’s Scribbles 23.You’re next!
8.Brenda at Friendly Fairy Tales 16.Balroop Singh   

You all have outdone yourselves! Thank you for inspiring me every week with your poetic verses. I’m thrilled at your creativity. <3

I chose Merril D. Smith’s Crapsey cinquain series: Star-Storied to feature this week. I found this longer form Crapsey cinquain series to read like a mythical story told in verse almost like a Ballad. Each stanza moves the tale forward—all inspired by a single photo! Who thought the Crapsey cinquain could give you these results? It pays to experiment with those simpler forms we’ve been crafting for years. Give it a try!


storm-chased seas, waves
in white-foamed roiling crash
against the small trireme, fortunes

a tale unfolds,
ocean-dark legends, gods
and mortals interlocked, love lost
and found.

Slay now,
the snake-haired beast,
though she blood-births magic–
this winged-horse, muse-beloved, soars

and hear beyond
ancient, echoed voices,
flashes of ghost-light memory

each pulse,
part of time’s dust
in gleaming streams–glimmers
of what was, what is, what might be–

a place
in time, circling
round, like a comet bound
for space, yet ensorcelling each

© Merril D. Smith

This week, I’ve asked Merril D. Smith to choose the photo for next month’s Ekphrastic challenge. Please email your image to me at least a week before the challenge to tankatuesdaypoetry@gmail.com. Thanks.

See you tomorrow for the new challenge!