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. ❤

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. ❤

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!

39 thoughts on “#TANKATUESDAY #POETRY STARS | #PhotoPrompt

    1. Well, WP used to share our posts on our FB pages but haven’t in months. I have to manually share everything and that takes time. With Twitter it’s automatic as long as you have separate Twitter accounts, which I do. You can search #TankaTuesday and all the poetry come up. 😍💕

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          1. I’ve been using a free Facebook ad blocker called F.B. Purity. It eliminates most of the ads–although it doesn’t prevent all of the solicitations from Facebook to purchase their ads.

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          2. If I switch to the Firefox browser they have what is called the FB container. It works well. It blocks all the craziness. The issue for me is FB wants you to have 2000 followers on your page before they consider you relevant. As authors we used to be able to link our books to Amazon where you could click the buy button and it took you to Amazon from FB. That’s not available now. They want you to pay for everything. I think FB is good to connect with friends but useless as a sales aid for authors. The groups are interesting. Very few clicks, and not many comments. If the post takes you to the blog post then it is an Avenue to your post being read from FB… if it works. Twitter is much more straight forward. At least for me. 🤣❤️

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          3. I can’t help but think that Facebook is going to monetize itself out of existence at a certain point. From everything I’m hearing and seeing, I think my time would be better spent using Instagram (although FB does own it now . . . )

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          4. Many authors have ditched FB for Instagram. My account was hacked and cloned there so I shut it down. Instagram wanted me to prove who I was by taking a photo while holding my ID. I said no! There is no value in looking at pictures of books that you can’t link to, to buy… if you know what I mean. Instagram was another incredible waste of time for me. At least with Twitter you can click on the tweet (post) and end up at the original post. I can’t do that with FB most of the time. Also, no links in Instagram—just pictures. It makes no sense to me.

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          5. No links in Instagram either?? I need to seriously consider (or reconsider) what social media I want to put my time into. If I’m just spitting into the wind, I’m much better off putting the time into writing something new or creating videos, both of which I really enjoy. And blogging, of course!

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  1. Wonderful poetry this week! The image made our minds fly into a creative mood. I’m taking a break from the challenges, for now, recharging for the fall. Have a great rest of the Summer, Colleen!

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