Colleen’s Coffee Klatch: Jaye Marie, @JayeDawes2

Hello everyone! Welcome to Colleen's Coffee Klatch. Where I grew up, the Kaffee klatsch was all the rage. Folks (mostly women) would get together, share a cup of coffee, and catch up on their lives. Before I go on, please know the Coffee Klatch posts have moved to my author blog HERE, but I'm posting … Continue reading Colleen’s Coffee Klatch: Jaye Marie, @JayeDawes2


WELCOME TO TANKA TUESDAY! Here we are for another #TankaTuesday poetry challenge! Are you ready for a theme prompt? Sangeetha from Mindfills blog selected this month's theme: ⚡️The Nature of Lightning ⚡️ Use the above theme to write your choice of syllabic poem. Here are some sites that will help you write your poetry and … Continue reading #TANKATUESDAY Weekly #POETRY CHALLENGE NO. 291, 9/27/22, #THEMEPROMPT

#TankaTuesday #Poetry Stars No. 290 |#Ekphrastic #photoPrompt

Welcome to our weekly poetry stars' celebration. For this week’s challenge, Britta Benson selected a photo from her personal collection. Picture credit: Britta Benson. This photograph was taken inside St. Cecilia’s Church (built in 1739), Heusenstamm, Germany.  Now, I know some of you had issues with the photo of this sculpture. No matter what you think of … Continue reading #TankaTuesday #Poetry Stars No. 290 |#Ekphrastic #photoPrompt

#TankaTuesday 2023 Planning

I've started planning for the 2023 year of poetry challenges. I'm looking for constructive comments on what you would like to see in this challenge. Please let me know in the comments or email me at The last 2022 #TankaTuesday challenge will be 11/29/22. It's number 300, so we should celebrate! I have a … Continue reading #TankaTuesday 2023 Planning


WELCOME TO TANKA TUESDAY! Britta Benson selected the image this week. It’s an interesting photo. Remember, we can see what’s in the image, so write your poem using the image as an inspiration. Don’t just describe what you see in the photo. Think about metaphor and allegory. Think about the season. Also, think about the form you’re chosen. Some … Continue reading #TANKATUESDAY Weekly #POETRY CHALLENGE NO. 290 #EKPHRASTIC #PHOTOPROMPT

#TankaTuesday #Poetry Stars No. 289 |#SpecificForm: Shadorma

Welcome to our weekly poetry stars' celebration. For this week’s challenge, Jules selected the shadorma. The Shadorma comprises a six-line stanza (or sestet). Each stanza is written as 3-5-3-3-7-5 for a total of 26 syllables with no set rhyme scheme. When writing a Shadorma, I concentrate on a specific subject. Shadorma need a title. Many thanks to everyone who … Continue reading #TankaTuesday #Poetry Stars No. 289 |#SpecificForm: Shadorma

Something New…

WordPress gave me a credit for the WordPress Pro debacle which enabled me to recreate my author blog once again. Please note the site address is I had to add my middle initial, so this might be a bit clunky at first. It will take me a few days to migrate things over from Word … Continue reading Something New…

#TankaTuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 289, 9/13/22 #SpecificForm: Shadorma

WELCOME TO #TANKATUESDAY! Last month, I asked Jules to select a syllabic form for us to learn more about. Her choice was the the shadorma. FAST FACTS I researched the shadorma form for my book, Word Craft: Prose & Poetry. In Chapter 13, pg. 185, I share: "Shadorma poetry is purported to have originated in … Continue reading #TankaTuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 289, 9/13/22 #SpecificForm: Shadorma

Monday Morning Musing, haibun

This morning, a heavy gray pallor hems the edge of the sky to the woods. I hear no birdsong, no mourning dove calls, no chattering squirrels—only silence. The scent of autumn tickles my nose as the aroma of dew-clad grass greets me. A delicate breeze stirs the leaves, gray green with age; they rasp together … Continue reading Monday Morning Musing, haibun

#TankaTuesday #Poetry Stars No. 288 |#TasteTheRainbow Color Poetry

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 Many thanks to everyone who joined in below: 1.ladyleemanila9.Gwen Plano17.ben Alexander2.Reena Saxena10.The Versesmith18.Kerfe3.Jude11.Cheryl19.Laura McHarrie4.willowdot2112.Jules20.Roberta Eaton Cheadle5.Sylvia Cognac13.sangeetha21.Ruth Klein6.Britta Benson14.Colleen Chesebro22.You're next!7.Balroop Singh15.D. L. Finn  8.Ritu … Continue reading #TankaTuesday #Poetry Stars No. 288 |#TasteTheRainbow Color Poetry