#TankaTuesday #Poetry Stars No. 251 | #SynonymsOnly or #TasteTheRainbow

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Welcome to our weekly poetry stars’ celebration. This week’s challenge was to write a butterfly cinquain including a color OR we could choose synonyms for the words, “crinkle & peddle,” 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.

Exciting news! Pat is back! She had blog problems and has since created another blog: Hollyhocks & Daffodils: https://hollyhocksanddaffodils.wordpress.com.

Many thanks to everyone who joined in below:

1.s. s.9.The Versesmith17.Kerfe
2.Reena Saxena10.Laura McHarrie18.kittysverses
4.willowdot2112.Donna Matthews20.Ruth Klein
5.Francis the Frenchie13.D. Avery21.wildchild47
6.Harmony Kent14.Elizabeth22.wildchild47 (the rainbow)
7.Trent15.D. L. Finn23.Annette Rochelle Aben
8.Cheryl16.Gwen Plano24.Jane Aguiar

It looks like everyone enjoyed working with a specific form and a color! I was so happy to see some of you chose synonyms and the butterfly cinquain and a color. Bravo to you for putting in the extra work.

How many noticed how the addition of color made their poetry come alive? The imagery takes on new layers of meaning with color.

Firstly, I chose Trent’s poem to highlight below. What I loved about his butterfly cinquain was how he incorporated sound into his poem, as well as color. His choice of words makes this piece read (and sound) like a musical composition. When we use imagery like this, it makes your poetry sing!

"Trumpet Skies Descend"

distant voices call
golden tones play purple
birds unseen are heard in distance
embers grow soft, oboe to flute
the somber sky descends
heavy eyelids

© Trent P. McDonald

Because some of you still enjoy working with synonyms, I’ve also selected another poem to highlight. Cheryl wrote a senryu that made me smile! The words were crinkle & peddle and she did a great job with her choice of words.

a huckster of creams
plays up every wrinkle
your mirror betrayed

© Cheryl (The Bag Lady blog)

This week, I’ve asked Trent P. McDonald to choose the syllabic form prompt for the December 2020 #TasteTheRainbow challenge.

At the same time, Cheryl will choose the two words for us to find synonyms.

Please email your selection to me at least a week before the challenge to tankatuesdaypoetry@gmail.com. Thanks.

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.

18 thoughts on “#TankaTuesday #Poetry Stars No. 251 | #SynonymsOnly or #TasteTheRainbow

    1. It’s good isn’t it? I was always afraid folks wouldn’t like being told what form to write but they seem okay with it. I think letting you guys pick the form and leaving the choice of color up to the poets is a good compromise. ❤️

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  1. A lovely selection this week -infused with all things colourful, which does indeed enhance the impressions and words.

    And thanks for the shout-out – how kind and generous to note that I’m back and running, so to speak. 😀
    Looking forward to the next challenge, of course. In the other time (mean sounds, well mean 😉 ) – happy word crafting. And thanks again for all your hard work and efforts Colleen, and your enthusiasm. 💕

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