#TankaTuesday #Poetry Stars No. 285 | #Ekphrastic #photoPrompt

Just a few notes: It looks like I’ve settled all my WP issues with a return to WP.com. I’ve also returned to my MAC roots with the Safari browser. That seems to have calmed everything down as well. Safari is a slower browser, but as my Mac ages, it might be better. We shall see.

As security and tracking become bigger issues, all the browsers are scrambling to devise ways to make us safer. Unfortunately, for authors and bloggers, those trackers help us connect to Amazon and other sites where we sell our books.

Check your browser settings and find what works best for you. For example, no matter what I did on the Firefox browser, I had to sign into every single blog post to comment. That’s crazy! Bye-bye Firefox!

I think the Pro plan was a trial of sorts where WP tried to offer those of us on WP.com more functionality. Remember, they were going to give us two options: pro or free… Obviously, this didn’t work. If you still have issues receiving posts or can’t leave me comments, let me know. I think that was all part of the non-functionality of the Pro plan.

My Mail Poet plugin is a thing of the past, so please stay in touch with my email sign-up below. I’ve lost all the names and addresses of my previous subscribers, so if you want to stay in touch, please sign up below. This blog serves as my author blog, too. Thanks. 💜

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. Reena Saxena provided a piece of her artwork as our prompt inspiration.

Many thanks to everyone who joined in below:

1.Reena Saxena8.Annette Rochelle Aben15.D. Wallace Peach
2.willowdot219.kittysverses16.Ruth Klein
3.Harmony Kent 10.Jules17.Gwen Plano
4.s. s.11.Balroop Singh18.Vashti Quiroz- Vega
5.Britta Benson12.Cheryl19.Yvette M Calleiro
6.Eugenia13.Colleen Chesebro20.theindieshe
7.ben Alexander14.ladyleemanila21.Lisa Tao Talk

I enjoyed this week’s poetry so much. With all my WP woes, it was a great escape! This week I wanted to feature Britta Benson’s poem “Seen through Pane.” I love when synchronicity happens, and this had to be one of those times! Bravo to Britta for her Brevette & her Etheree poems:

t r a p p e d


"Seen through pane"

spot, wing
print of life.
Mug on window
sill. Handpainted, still.
Butterflies multiply
in odd, mysterious ways!
Late flowers wait on other sides,
anticipate colour, feast, touch. Why
won’t that perfect specimen flutter by?

© Britta Benson

This week, I’ve asked Britta Benson to choose the prompt for next month’s challenge. Britta, please email your photo to me (with credits) at least a week before the challenge to: tankatuesdaypoetry@gmail.com. Thanks.

💜 September Specific Theme: Jules

💚 September Photo Prompt: Britta

💛 August Theme Prompt: Sarah

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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.

25 thoughts on “#TankaTuesday #Poetry Stars No. 285 | #Ekphrastic #photoPrompt

  1. A delightful poem from Britta. I loved all the whimsical poems that Reena’s artwork inspired. It was super fun to read the responses. Thanks, Reena and Colleen, for the wonderful challenge. ❤

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  2. I’m happy your WP issues are no more, Sis!
    Congratulations to Britta! She wrote a beautiful Etheree. Thanks to you and Reena for this challenge. It was lots of fun!🥰

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  3. Congrats to Britta! I ended up going with the Premium plan. The WP Happiness Engineers were a great help. They backed up my blog and brought it back to where it was current. Then I had a domain nightmare because the old domain from Blue Host was still lurking, even though I transferred it to WP.com. I moved to my other another domain, and everything seems to be going well. What an ordeal this was and I am relieved it’s over. 🤪

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