“Prosper,” lanterne series

The #TankaTuesday challenge this week was to write a lanterne poem series. This is shape poetry and looks best centered on the page. It’s a cinquain (five lines) which comprises syllables of 1, 2, 3, 4, 1. I didn’t care for the structure of the lanterne given by Antonia Sorin, so I let the words flow. In this piece, the verbs serve a purpose and the stanzas flow more purposefully into something more meaningful. The title echoes the meaning of the poem.


clear your heart
embrace your truth

tune in—
take notice
focus on sounds

deep exhale
open your mind

get in touch
with your true self

© Colleen M. Chesebro

Listen to Rebecca Budd recite one of my poems from Word Weaving, A Word Craft Journal of Syllabic Verse:

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Colleen M. Chesebro is a Michigan Poet who loves crafting syllabic poetry, flash fiction, and creative fiction and nonfiction. Colleen sponsors a weekly syllabic poetry challenge, called #TankaTuesday, on wordcraftpoetry.com where participants learn how to write traditional and current forms of syllabic poetry. A published author, Colleen is also an editor of “Word Weaving, a Word Craft Journal of Syllabic Verse, also found on wordcraftpoetry.com. Colleen’s mission is to bring the craft of writing syllabic poetry to anyone who thinks they can’t be a poet. Recently, she created the Double Ennead, a 99-syllable poetry form for the Carrot Ranch literary community at carrotranch.com. Colleen’s poetry has appeared in various anthologies and journals including “Hedgerow-a journal of small poems,” and “Poetry Treasures1 & 2” a collection of poetry from the poet/author guests of Robbie Cheadle on the “Treasuring Poetry” blog series on “Writing to be Read." Colleen published “Word Craft: Prose & Poetry, The Art of Crafting Syllabic Poetry,” which illustrates how to write various syllabic poetry forms used in her Tanka Tuesday challenges; and a collection of poetry, flash fiction, and short stories called, “Fairies, Myths & Magic: A Summer Celebration,” dedicated to the Summer Solstice. She contributed a short story called “The Changeling,” in the “Ghostly Rites Anthology 2020,” published by Plaisted Publishing House. Find Colleen at Word Craft: Prose & Poetry at wordcraftpoetry.com.
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  1. That’s fantastic, Colleen – very meditative and calming. Toni x

  2. I agree–meditative and calming. A positive flow, Colleen!

  3. Thank you for giving us so many lovely lanterns, Sis! <3

  4. A good evocation of meditation. (K)

  5. Loved this poem, Colleen! It’s totally my vibe! 🙂

  6. so very beautiful, Colleen. Thanks

    And Mr Linky? Is he on a summer break? well deserved…

  7. Good poem to meditate on sis <3

  8. Goes along with actually listening to our intuition too! 🙂 💖

  9. Many thanks for giving me permission to recite your poetry, Colleen. I am honoured that you joined me on Tea Toast & Trivia to sharing insights on syllabic poetry. I have Word Craft Prose & Poetry on Kindle. Then my mother said that she wanted a “real book” which has just been delivered to my doorstep. But I confess, that I want a “real book” too.

  10. Lovely examples. And I’m here and ready with my attempts. But I can’t find Mr. Linky. Am I looking in the wrong place – i.e. here on this post?

  11. I like this, and I think the title really illuminates and sets the tone for what follows.

  12. This is a beautiful lanterne series, Colleen.

  13. Pingback: Word Craft Poetry⭐️#TankaTuesday #Poetry Stars No. 280, #SpecificForm: Lanturne or Lanterne

  14. Brilliant series Colleen.. serene.. and thought provoking ♥

  15. Love it, Colleen. Its effortless movement was very calming. 💗

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