“Prosper,” lanterne series

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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.

Prosper

look
within—
clear your heart
embrace your truth
see

hark
tune in—
take notice
focus on sounds
hear

breathe
inhale—
deep exhale
open your mind
smell

sense
perceive—
get in touch
with your true self
live

© Colleen M. Chesebro

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

40 Comments

  1. 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.

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  2. 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?

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