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Daily haiku

Daily haiku: 4/29/22

Photo by Valeria Boltneva on Pexels.com purple lilacs— the fragrance of springtime at the ball park © Colleen M. Chesebro

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My Poetry

Yellow Daffodils, #TankaTuesday

For this week's #TankaTuesday challenge, Yvette M. Calleiro, selected the theme of beginnings and endings. I tried to allude to beginnings and endings without using the words. It proved to be difficult for me today... Here's a bit of tanka prose to reflect on. Photo by Monica Turlui on Pexels.com yellow daffodils bloom amidst the… Continue reading Yellow Daffodils, #TankaTuesday

Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challenges

#TANKATUESDAY Weekly #POETRY CHALLENGE NO. 271, 4/26/22, #THEMEPROMPT

WELCOME TO TANKA TUESDAY! Are you ready for a theme prompt? Yvette M. Calleiro from last month's challenge picked the theme: This month's theme is: Beginnings & Endings This is an excellent article on writing poetry! Have a read... you never know what you will learn! Here are some sites that will help you write… Continue reading #TANKATUESDAY Weekly #POETRY CHALLENGE NO. 271, 4/26/22, #THEMEPROMPT

Colleen's Books

The WordCrafter “Poetry Treasures 2: Relationships” Book Blog Tour!

It's been a tremendous thrill for me to have some of my poetry featured in Poetry Treasures 2: Relationships along with several other fine poets. Robbie Cheadle and Kaye Lynn Booth, have assembled and published the book and are now hosting a blog tour! From Writing to Be Read: This is Day 1 of the… Continue reading The WordCrafter “Poetry Treasures 2: Relationships” Book Blog Tour!

Prior Years Poetry Stars

#TankaTuesday #Poetry Stars No. 270 -Ekphrastic #PhotoPrompt

Welcome to our weekly poetry stars' celebration. This week’s challenge was to write our choice of syllabic poem, using a form from the cheat sheet or a syllabic form from the Poetscollective.org. I've been doing a lot of spring cleaning at my house and on the blog. I'll continue to update the challenge cheat sheet… Continue reading #TankaTuesday #Poetry Stars No. 270 -Ekphrastic #PhotoPrompt

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Learning Syllabic Forms

Kigo: Japanese Season Words for Crafting Haiku

Kigo (季語, "season word") is a word or phrase associated with a particular season, most often used in traditional forms of Japanese poetry such as haiku, renga and renku. Photo by Evgeny Tchebotarev on Pexels.com Wikipedia provides an excellent definition of haiku: "Haiku is a short verse genre written in one line in Japanese and… Continue reading Kigo: Japanese Season Words for Crafting Haiku

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Learning Syllabic Forms

Haiku & Zappai

Haiku is a form with three or more lines following the short-long-short, 3-5-3, 2-3-2, (5-7-5 traditional) of approximately twelve syllables. Haiku are written about nature, the seasons, a beautiful moment in nature, an emotional experience while in nature, or change. No title. (Kigo required). No rhyming. Season word list: https://yukiteikei.wordpress.com/season-word-list/ & https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_kigo.  My version of How to write haiku HERE. Photo… Continue reading Haiku & Zappai

Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challenges

#TankaTuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 270 #PhotoPrompt

WELCOME TO TANKA TUESDAY! This challenge explores Ekphrastic poetry, inspired by visual art or photographs. D. L. Finn provided the photo for this month's challenge: Write your poem using a syllabic form from the cheat sheet or from the poetscollective.org/poetryforms. This is a photo, but there are some great tips in this article on how… Continue reading #TankaTuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 270 #PhotoPrompt

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My Poetry

Reflections on Today

Today I celebrate another birthday... it's another year around the sun. As my thoughts turn inward, I greet the day with a thankful heart. I'm thankful I found the love of my life early on. We've had so much together. I'm grateful for family and friends, some more like family than mere friends. I'm thankful… Continue reading Reflections on Today

Prior Years Poetry Stars

#TankaTuesday #Poetry Stars No. 269 | #SpecificForm: tanka prose

Welcome to our weekly poetry stars' celebration. This week’s #TankaTuesday challenge was to write tanka prose. Some of you missed the prose part... but that's okay because our challenges are about practice. Go back to the challenge post HERE and read about tanka prose. It's important to learn the forms. It's that time of year again...… Continue reading #TankaTuesday #Poetry Stars No. 269 | #SpecificForm: tanka prose