#TankaTuesday #Poetry Stars No. 248 | PhotoPrompt

Sorry, I’m late this morning! I had scheduling woes! ❤


Pure Haiku OPEN to submissions! Pure Haiku is once again OPEN to submissions on the theme of Ghostlight. The deadline is midnight (UK Time) on 31st October 2021. Please use the image on Pure Haiku to inspire you to write a maximum of 5 traditional haiku! Don’t miss this opportunity to get your poetry published on Pure Haiku! Please read the submission requirements carefully. Good luck!

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Tilini – The Himalaya, 2021 photo credit © sangeetha

Welcome to our weekly poetry stars’ celebration. This week’s challenge was to write our syllabic poetry based off the photo above from Sangeetha, (MindFills), 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:

2.The Versesmith8.willowdot2114.Ken Gierke / rivrvlogr
3.Reena Saxena9.Jules15.Balroop Singh
4.D. L. Finn10.sangeetha16.Ruth Klein’s Scribbles
5.Padre11.Gwen Plano17.theindieshe
6.Laura McHarrie12.Elizabeth18.You’re next!

This week’s poetry inspired by cherry blossoms was a welcome change from autumn here in Michigan. I enjoyed how you all explored the use of your senses in your poems. Check out this poem from Ruth Klein’s Scribbles. After reading, I swear I could smell and taste my own grandmother’s cherry pie! This is a wonderful haiku!

I selected Lisa Nelson’s (The Versesmith) haiku this week because I was taken with what she saw in those gnarled cherry branches. I immediately thought of an old woman’s (crone) arthritic hands, adorned with a pink topaz ring. The imagery in this poem really spoke to me!

gnarled fingers
adorned in jewels
pink topaz

©2021 Lisa Smith Nelson. All Rights Reserved

This week, I’ve asked Lisa Nelson to choose the photo for next month’s challenge. This can be a photo or a piece of artwork. Please include the image credits. Email your words to me at least a week before the challenge to tankatuesdaypoetry@gmail.com. Thanks.

I’ve done the work of researching these syllabic forms for you. Word Craft: Prose & Poetry is available as an Ebook and a Print book. mybook.to/WordCraftProsePoetry Let’s write syllabic poetry together! ❤

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.

8 thoughts on “#TankaTuesday #Poetry Stars No. 248 | PhotoPrompt

  1. REMEMBER WHEN! Remember when! We took a glance at each other, Like the pigeons on the grassland- Of the winter garden. Remember when! We kept the distance so closed, The key and the padlock-yes! Depending on each other. Remember when! We walked through the lane, With our hands cuddled together Like the new bride and bridegroom REMEMBER WHEN! We smiled and twinkled our eyes And fade away with the day in awe. When we promised each other-life REMEMBER WHEN! We stepped on thorns, deep in them We walked through the flame, A huge flame of fire, but together REMEMBER THAT ! And then you can make a twist, A twist of your vows, A twist of your commitment.

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    Colleen M. Chesebro posted: ” Sorry, I’m late this morning! I had scheduling woes! ❤ POETRY NEWS Pure Haiku OPEN to submissions! Pure Haiku is once again OPEN to submissions on the theme of Ghostlight. The deadline is midnight (UK Time) on 31st October 2021. "

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