#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 so you can find everything in one place. The main page of wordcraftpoetry.com also contains helpful links, and other widgets. If you’re looking for something, this might be the place to start. Don’t forget the navigation widgets on the right-hand side of the blog. I have them spit between word craft poetry, Colleen Chesebro, and Word Weaving poetry journal.

The good thing about cleaning is how the action of cleaning forces you to work in the moment. As I concentrated on the different tasks, I realized how good it felt to step away from the computer for a bit. I’m working on another book, and with all of my other projects, it’s easy to get worn out. This winter was especially cold and long, so I did something for myself. I created a yoga room! This will give me a place to exercise a few times a week. Now that the weather is warmer, I’ll have gardening chores to attend to. I bet you will too!

Everyone remember, this challenge is a time when you can step away from the challenges of life and immerse yourself in the written word. If it doesn’t work for you, don’t stress. Stop by to write poetry when you can. ❤️

Many thanks to everyone who joined in below:

1.Reena Saxena7.Jules13.Yvette M Calleiro
2.ben Alexander8.Gwen Plano14.Ruth Klein
3.Harmony Kent9.Sarah David15.M J Mallon
4.willowdot2110.Balroop Singh16.D. Wallace Peach
5.Annette Rochelle Aben11.Sally Cronin  
6.D. L. Finn12.theindieshe  

D. L. Finn shared such a lovely image of dolphins. I was so impressed with everyone’s poetry this week. Thanks for joining in!

There were a couple of reasons why I chose David’s garland cinquain. I was mesmerized by how each verse flowed into the next, sharing the life of these gentle creatures. The flow of the stanzas mimicked the rhythm of the sea. The final cinquain, summed up the poem in a spectacular way. This is a delightful poem!

A Garland Cinquain

An ekphrastic poem

tactile closeness
complex social networks
mothers and calves; pair-bonded males
tight ties

a world of words
piercing high frequencies
sound waves cut through murky waters

sweet exchanges
love, pathos, joy, warnings
collaborative, synchronized

sex for pleasure
mates belly–to–belly 
nuzzle, click, rub, pectoral pat

long memories
enduring relationships
shared emotions; dreams, ideas
one pod

a world of words
love, pathos, joy, warnings
nuzzle, click, rub, pectoral pat
one pod

© David Bogomolny

This week, I’ve asked David to choose the Ekphrastic photo prompt for next month’s challenge. Please email your image 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.

34 thoughts on “#TankaTuesday #Poetry Stars No. 270 -Ekphrastic #PhotoPrompt

  1. Well done David that’s a wonderful poem I truly loved it. And thanks to Colleen too for all her support 💜. Well done everyone else 💜


  2. David Bogomolny… Your poem is a physical masterpiece. Your means of closure (Garland 6th) flowed seamlessly. Well done, Good Man, well done… I would, however, consider going back and applying a title. One never knows when a lyrical piece becomes “timeless” and finds its way to future generations.


  3. Congrats to David on his beautiful poem, and thanks to you, Colleen for giving us such a wonderful opportunity to express ourselves. ❤️


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