#TankaTuesday #Poetry Stars No. 252 | #PhotoPrompt

The Holiday’s are Approaching

Books are splendid gifts to give for the holidays. I’ve read a few articles which said print books are taking longer to make and Amazon is trying hard to keep up with demands. Shop early and order soon. Support your community writers. I know I am! Email me if you have a poetry book I can add to our #TankaTuesday Poetry Book Store! Please support our community poets and buy someone you love a book for the holidays. 📚 ❤️

Word Weaving #1: A Word Craft Journal of Syllabic Verse (Kindle) purchase link

The Moons of Autumn: A Word Craft Journal of Syllabic Verse (print) purchase link

Image Credit: Butterfly on Asters by Lisa Smith Nelson

Welcome to our weekly poetry stars’ celebration. This week’s challenge was to write our syllabic poem inspired by the image above, 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.Reena Saxena10.The Versesmith18.Goutam Dutta
3.ladyleemanila11.Harmony Kent19.theindieshe
4.Padre12.Eugenia20.Ruth Klein
5.Trent McDonald13.Balroop Singh21.kittysverses
6.willowdot2114.Jules22.Francis-The Frenchie
7.s. s.15.Gwen Plano 23. Writer Ravenclaw
8.Selma16.wildchild47 24. Literature World

Please remember to add your link to Mr. Linky, so I don’t have to add you manually to the recap. Thank you. 🙏🏻

Your poetry was so impressive this week. I asked you to look beyond the obvious and you did! Some of you used your third eye to find the magic in the image. Thank you again to Lisa for selecting such an inspiring photo. Here are a few that really caught my eye:

Kerfe’s watercolor and haibun are full of magic. She shares some information about nature and complimentary colors that made this piece extra special. Notice how the haiku talks about another facet of the image? It’s perfect!

Sangeetha found magic in this photo!! She shares a romantic take on the image.

Wildchild47 used the photo to find inspiration in other ways. This is a good approach if a prompt doesn’t inspire you. Don’t be afraid to use a prompt as a stepping stone to more inspiration. Check out her imagery!

This week, I chose Balroop Singh’s tanka poems to feature. Balroop’s recent exploration into haiku and tanka has really paid off. I liked where her words took us, inspired by the image of the asters and the butterfly.

by nature’s nectar I thrive
Let me drink till dusk
kisses the sky and reminds you:
we are hypnotized by life


You took the sunshine;
alone I carve a new path
through the dark caverns
to gather tattered remnants
of dreams and grim emotions

© Balroop Singh

This week, I’ve asked Balroop Singh to choose the prompt for our last photo challenge of 2021. Please 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!

27 thoughts on “#TankaTuesday #Poetry Stars No. 252 | #PhotoPrompt”

  1. Another wonderfully inspired selection of poems as inspired by the fascinating image. Thanks again to Lisa for her selection and to you Colleen, for hosting! (My word, how busy you are – you should take some time and write for us too!)
    Looking forward to this week’s prompt. (and yes, thanks for the shout out here too)

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    1. We’re getting ready for a kitchen and first floor renovation so my time has been spent organizating, packing and moving things down to the basement. The entire month of December our house will be full of workmen. We’ll be living upstairs with no kitchen and a microwave. It will be interesting. LOL! I’m still have some blog issues… working through them best I can. ❤

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      1. oh, if I may? Hugs!
        Yeah, renos are massive undertakings – especially if it’s a kitchen or bathroom – the two most taxing but important spaces! So I totally understand … having to box and move things around and then store them in other spaces etc. At any rate – here’s hoping every single thing goes to plan and is smooth sailing so that you can then enjoy the “new” – and rest in comfort and glorious peace! I’m sure it’ll be worth all of the shaken-in-a-box-puzzle piece moments.

        And I hope the blog issues get sorted too – mine’s still a bit wonky lopsided, but eh, we’ll manage 😉

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        1. I think it was the Resonar theme. When I switched themes, the issues resolved. WP is heading toward another huge update so I think that has something to do with it. The reno… when that’s done we will have to tackle the upstairs bathrooms. It’s all very worn. We had no idea we would have to wait months for materials. It’s been hard to cope with. In the midst of all of this my hubby fell down the stairs into the garage and broke his scapula. So, he is sidlined as far as helping. It’s always something isn’t it? ❤

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          1. Oh wow – I hope he’s feeling much better now and mending well – and yes, how absolutely frustrating, to be sidelined.
            Yup – totally the same around these parts – materials in short supply, so plans are …. well, hard to work through in a timely fashion. I guess the best we can do is just breathe and keep our heads about as best we can. Sending good thoughts out to you both! 💕

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