#TankaTuesday #Poetry Stars No. 271 | #ThemePrompt

Welcome to our weekly poetry stars’ celebration. This week’s challenge was from Yvette M. Caldeiro, and we were to write our choice of syllabic poem, using the theme of beginnings & endings. We could use a form from the cheat sheet or a syllabic form from the Poetscollective.org.

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I wanted to let you know that I created this post using the WordPress App. I didn’t have any issues for the first time in a long time, which I think is a real plus. We’ve all used WP for so many years as web-based… but maybe the app is more stable? It sure worked better for me.

Many thanks to everyone who joined in below:

1.Reena Saxena8.Pat15.Annette Rochelle Aben
2.willowdot219.Goutam Dutta16.M J Mallon
3.Harmony Kent10.Eugenia17.kittysverses
4.Jules11.Donna Matthews18.Yvette M Calleiro (correct link)
5.Sarah David12.Sally Cronin19.Kerfe
6.D. L. Finn13.Colleen Chesebro20.Michael Todd (see below)
7.Gwen Plano14.Ruth Klein21.David: Skeptic’s Kaddish

What a great selection of “beginnings and endings” this week. Here are a few highlights:

Donna Matthews haiku: In this haiku, “yellow petals” is the kigo. It could be spring, summer, or fall with yellow petals blooming. She doesn’t tell us what to think, instead she simply shares her observations for us to draw our own conclusions. Read more about Haiku & Zappai:

We also have a poet who has been posting in the comments since he doesn’t have a blog. How cool is that? He calls in his poetry to the Speakeasy Cafe! Thank you Michael for the wonderful mention of Word Craft Poetry! 💜

Michael said: “I read this tonight, at our internet radio site. I was on from 34:40 to 48:54 …
I directed our audience to you, in care of Word Craft Poetry…”


Alley Allies (for Word Craft Poetry ~ Tanka Tuesday)

Strive for strike or spare,
trying my best. They keep score.
Colleen casts a glare,
I suggest barroom singing;
karaoke down the hall.

We’re Sonny and Cher,
waking up to Groundhog Day.
get to the part where,
she is miming me with clues.
I’m still wearing bowling shoes.

Michael Todd (2022)

I think it was the week for chōka poetry, because Sally Cronin’s chōka really captured the spirit of beginnings and endings. It was so creative!

This week, I selected Kerfe’s shadorma chain called May 22, to feature. Make sure you stop by her blog, because the art Kerfe created is a lovely addition to her words.

"May 22"

we mark time
with numbers, naming
circles, lines–
and then divided—each month
we begin again,

ending the
previous parcel
of days in
our minds—when
in fact they overlap—clouds,
sun, showers, flowers

© Kerfe Roig

This week, I’ve asked Kerfe to choose the prompt for next month’s theme challenge. Please email your words to me at least a week before the challenge to tankatuesdaypoetry@gmail.com. Thanks. 💜

See you tomorrow for the new challenge!

27 thoughts on “#TankaTuesday #Poetry Stars No. 271 | #ThemePrompt”

  1. Another wonderful week for poetry, Colleen! Michael Todd visits my blog every now and then sharing some of his delightful poetry. He has a blog on Blogger but hasn’t posted since 2021. I haven’t had issues with WP since it went down last week. I had to change themes again, which I found a great theme that I use to use a long time ago. I won’t go into detail about the issues I had with my old theme but the one I have now is much simpler to use. 😁


  2. Michael’s poem was quite entertaining. I also loved Sally and Kerfe’s poems. I enjoyed everyone’s take on my theme. I love seeing each poet’s perspective. Thanks for letting me be part of the process, Colleen! 🙂


  3. It was fun to read all the poems you highlighted. Michael’s hit’s close to home since we just finished (what we call) our ‘Old Farts’ bowling league for the season. We are taking the summer off! What a ‘score’ for Michael to find Tanka Tuesday. 😀


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