#TankaTuesday #Poetry Stars No. 284 – #SpecificForm: 4/11

Welcome to our weekly poetry stars’ celebration. Yvette selected this week’s challenge. We were to write our syllabic poem using the 4/11 syllabic form created by Gwen Plano.

I was so pleased to see so many of you embrace this form. It just goes to show that syllabic poetry doesn’t have to be difficult to write. Eleven lines, with four syllables per line, says so much!

Just a reminder… don’t forget to add your published post link to Mr. Linky! 💜💚💛

Many thanks to everyone who joined in below:

1.Reena Saxena 10.kittysverses 19.Margaret 21 
2.ben Alexander 11.anita dawes 20.theindieshe 
3.Gwen Plano 12.Harmony Kent 21.Colleen Chesebro 
4.willowdot21 13.Yvette M Calleiro 22.Jude 
5.The Versesmith 14.Kerfe 23.Smitha 
6.Cheryl 15.Jules 24.Vashti Q. Vega 
7.Balroop Singh 16.Annette Rochelle Aben 25.You’re next!
8.Sylvia Cognac 17.Ruth Klein   
9.Selma 18.D. L. Finn   

This was a tough week to select only one poem. I loved all of them! There was so much creativity! I read them over and over. 💜

A special thank you to Harmony Kent and Annette Rochelle Aben for their help in tweeting and sharing all our posts on social media. I couldn’t do this without you guys. 🙏🏻 ❤️

Check out Smitha’s poetry, photography, and artwork!

If you’re looking for a photographic vacation (I was) then you must read Margaret’s poem and enjoy the photos.

I selected Jules’ poem, “Airy Wonderland,” to feature. I loved the idea of staring at the clouds as the shapes take on new meaning. Cloud dreaming is a summer adventure; and as summer slips away, remember to grab those moments. Soon, autumn will present itself and summer will be a distant memory.

"Airy Wonderland"

In all my days
Those puffy clouds
Taking on shapes
Images from those
Storied fables
White rabbit in
A spruced waist vest
Waiting to take
Me through the sky

© JP/dh

This week, I’ve asked Jules to choose the specific form she’d like to practice for next month’s challenge. Please email your words to me at least a week before the challenge to tankatuesdaypoetry@gmail.com. Thanks.

September Specific Theme: Jules

August Photo Prompt: Reena

August Theme Prompt: Sarah

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.

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