#TankaTuesday #Poetry Stars No. 258 | #ThemePrompt: Memories-Sweet & Sour

Welcome to our weekly poetry stars’ celebration. This week’s challenge was to write our choice of syllabic poem, using the theme of memories: sweet & sour. As usual, we select a form from the cheat sheet or a syllabic form from the Poetscollective.org for our syllabic poetry.

👀 Check out the poetry contest on EveryWritersResource.com: The Only Love Haiku You’ll Ever Write Contest. (This is a perfect example of blurring the lines between senryu and haiku. The contest asks you to write haiku, but we all know we write about love using the senryu form). Enter your senryu poetry now! 👀

Many thanks to everyone who joined in below:

1.Reena Saxena6.Veera11.Selma
2.Jules7.Ken Gierke / rivrvlogr12.Ruth Klein
3.ben Alexander8.Annette Rochelle Aben13.theindieshe
4.Harmony Kent9.Yvette M Calleiro14.Colleen Chesebro
5.Gwen Plano10.anita dawes  

This theme is an easy theme to write about because we all have memories that are precious and some, well, not so much! The theme deals with human emotions, so if you were looking for a quick form, senryu would have been the perfect choice.

Check out Yvette M. Calleiro’s tanka, and Jules’ shadorma for some great examples on the theme.

Ken Gierke’s senryu series tugs your heart strings. There is so much emotion in this verse. The last senryu is so poignant!

life well lived
loved by all you touched

final hours
darkness closes in
by your side

treasured last moments

moving on
behind, beside you
without you

© Ken Gierke

This week, I’ve asked Ken to choose the prompt for next month’s challenge. Please email your words to me at least a week before the challenge to Colleen@wordcraftpoetry.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.

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