#TankaTuesday #Poetry Stars No. 293 | #SpecificForm-Troiku

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.

Many thanks to everyone who joined in below:

1.ladyleemanila9.Li/ Lisa17.Kerfe
2.ben Alexander10.Balroop Singh18.theindieshe
3.Jude11.The Versesmith19.Colleen M. Chesebro
4.Paula Light12.Anita Dawes20.Annette Rochelle Aben
5.Laura McHarrie13.Gwen Plano21.Ruth Klein
6.Reena Saxena14.s. s.22.You’re next!

The troiku is a fun freestyle or syllabic form. I stayed within 17 syllables for each stanza, but some of you didn’t and that’s fine. I think the idea was to create the troika sleigh effect by connecting each of the stanzas with a line from the main haiku.

Another bonus to this form was that you didn’t need a kigo, as these were micro-poetry instead of real haiku. Any subject worked.

In fact, Lisa-The Versesmith, specifically wrote her troiku with senryu! I would say most of our verses were zappai, which was fine because that is what the creator of the form was after.

You all did a wonderful job. I hope you had fun. Next year, we will work with more free-style forms by mixing them with some of our syllabic forms. It will be good for our creativity!

Reena really got into the spirit of the form! I love the layout of the stanzas. It makes this form so visually pleasing to the eye. I see the troika sleigh! Of course, WordPress makes this a more difficult layout because you have to add each stanza as a separate block with the appropriate justification. But it looks so good! Bravo to Reena! 👏🏻

Night Jasmine

evenings amplify
fragrance permeating air
see night jasmine bloom
evenings amplify
perfect execution of
daytime thoughts and deeds
fragrance permeating air
pulls you to the source—is it
a weed or blessing
see night jasmine bloom
darkness cannot obstruct moons
writers spin stories

© Reena Saxena

This week, I’ve asked Reena Saxena to choose the specific form for November’s challenge. Please email your words to me at least a week before the challenge to tankatuesdaypoetry@gmail.com. Thanks.

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