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 using the theme of “Lessons from Nature,” suggested by Sarah.
Happy Birthday Tanka Tuesday! On August 27th, we’ve completed our sixth year of writing syllabic poetry together. In the beginning, I gave two prompt words, which for the first challenge were “harvest & moon.” In those days, we only wrote tanka poems. The rest of the forms came later. Thanks so much for your creativity, and all the gifts of your time. I look forward to every week we spent together. 💜 💚 💛
Many thanks to everyone who joined in below:
|2.||Reena Saxena||11.||D. L. Finn||20.||Vashti Quiroz- Vega|
|3.||Harmony Kent||12.||Sylvia Cognac||21.||Ruth Klein|
|4.||Selma||13.||Gwen Plano||22.||Margaret 21|
|5.||ben Alexander||14.||Jude||23.||sally cronin|
|7.||Britta Benson||16.||sangeetha||25.||Jane Aguiar|
|8.||Ritu Bhathal||17.||Colleen Chesebro||26.||You’re next!|
|9.||Cheryl||18.||Annette Rochelle Aben|
Last week we discussed haiku and the use of a kigo (season word) in this form. My research bears out the use of a kigo in this form (see below).
For this challenge, if you write a haiku without a kigo, please call it “micro-poetry” or “haiku-like,” or “pseudo-haiku.” The same rules would apply to a haibun, as that form contains a haiku.
🆕 I’ve added a widget on the front Welcome page of this blog, and also a side widget with a link to kigo season words. At the bottom of the season word page, there is a 23 page PDF download you can save for your own use HERE.
Sites of Interest:
GraceGuts, Michael Dylan Welch
Tofugu: Haiku, A Whole Lot More than 5-7-5
Graceguts: Further Reading, Haiku Fundamentals and Advanced Haiku
Books for Reference:
The Haiku Handbook, by William J. Higginson & Penny Harter
Haiku: A Poet’s Guide, by Lee Gurga
The Lessons from nature theme hit the spot for me this week. As usual, the poetry was outstanding. Here are a few poems that caught my eye:
Sally Cronin: Her Etheree, Size Doesn’t Matter, shows us how syllabic poetry makes lovely “spoken” poetry, as well!
Ritu Bhathal: Tanka, Lessons from Nature reminds us a perfect lesson from Mother Nature.
This week, I went this Sangeetha’s haiku. Her kigo is “new straw.” This kigo gives you a hint at the season, which in this context refers to late autumn. This haiku also alludes to the passage of time, moving from season to season.
journey to winter new straw drink dew drops sun-kissed one last time © Sangeetha
This week, I’ve asked Sangeetha, from Mindfills, to choose the theme prompt for next month’s challenge. Please email your words to me at least a week before the challenge to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks.
💜 September Specific Theme: Jules
💚 September Photo Prompt: Britta
💛 September Theme Prompt: Sangeetha
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See you tomorrow for the new challenge!