#TankaTuesday #Poetry Stars No. 274 | #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. David, from the Skeptic’s Kaddish, provided the photo below.

Many thanks to everyone who joined in below:

1.Reena Saxena9.Cheryl17.Colleen Chesebro
2.ben Alexander10.Jules18.Ruth Klein
3.Harmony Kent11.Veera19.s. s.
4.willowdot2112.Kerfe20.Sally Cronin
5.Gwen Plano13.Ken Gierke / rivrvlogr21.Annette Rochelle Aben
6.Lauren Swanberg14.Yvette M Calleiro22.Jude

When David sent me this photo, I immediately saw the potential in the image. It was a photo of his father taking photos. The best part—we couldn’t see what he was seeing. That left so much room for speculation on our parts. In my humble opinion, this is the perfect inspiration for crafting great poetry! At the same time, the photo was deeply personal to our friend, as his father had passed.

© David, The Skeptic’s Kaddish

The exploration of “what was beyond the photo lens” resulted in some of the best poetry I’ve read in a long time. Could this be a lesson for us in finding inspiration? The next time you find yourself stuck because you don’t know what to write about, imagine yourself behind the lens of a camera… what do you see?

I found Reena’s gogyohka, written in breathy phrases, to be a powerful read!

This tanka by Tzvi Fievel shares some amazing imagery!

Willow’s nonet, The Lens of the Soul, written both forward and backward is an excellent example of the nonet form. When you read the poem the first way, you get one meaning, but the more powerful meaning comes from reading the poem in the reverse.

through the lens of the omnipotent
to soar high beyond the body
to attain the higher plain
past the confines of life
further than the eye
the horizon
life beyond
captured
truth

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truth
captured
life beyond
the horizon
further than the eye
past the confines of life
to attain the higher plain
to soar high beyond the body
through the lens of the omnipotent

© Willow Willers

This week, I’ve asked Willow to choose the #PhotoPrompt for next month’s challenge. Please email your photo (with credits) to me at least a week before the challenge to colleen@wordcraftpoetry.com. Thanks.

See you tomorrow for the new challenge!

34 Comments

  1. Thank you Colleen I am so honoured to have my poem chosen. Thank you David for sharing your beautiful photo so full of possiblities.
    Well done to Reena and Tzvi Fievel and also to everyone who entered.💜💜💜

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