TankaTuesday Weekly #Poetry Challenge No. 315, 4/11/23


短歌 火曜日

In case you missed last week’s poetry, here are the poet’s links from the 4/4/23 specific form (shadorma with a twist) challenge:

1.Echoes of the soul10.Luanne Castle19.Yvette M Calleiro
2.ben Alexander11.Paula Light20.kittysverses
3.Reena Saxena12.Jules21.Ruth Klein
4.Gwen Plano13.Jude22.Colleen Chesebro
5.AJ14.Mark Bozeman23.Robbie Cheadle
6.Melissa Lemay15.wildchild4724.The Versesmith
7.willowdot2116.Kerfe25.You’re next!
8.Elizabeth17.Chu On This  
9.Cheryl18.Li/ Lisa

This week’s challenge is a photo prompt. This year, I’ve asked my friend, and photographer, Terri Webster Schrandt, from secondwindleisure.com to share her photos with us for inspiration. Terri runs a weekly photo challenge called Sunday Stills. Check it out HERE. She has graciously added some of our poetry to her challenge. What a great link-up between friends!

Terri says: “During the early days of the pandemic, in-person church services were unavailable on Easter Sunday, April 12. Driving home from an errand on the Friday before, I saw a car parked in front of my house and it was our pastor and his wife delivering the lilies many of us had pre-ordered for the Easter service.

Being able to talk with them in our cars lifted my spirits as did seeing the gorgeous lilies sitting on my porch.

Another snippet from that post: For many, the beautiful trumpet-shaped white flowers symbolize purity, virtue, innocence, hope, and life—the spiritual essence of Easter.

Here is the original post from 2020: https://secondwindleisure.com/2020/04/12/sunday-stills-lifted-spirits/

I also recognize not everyone celebrates Easter in the traditional Christian sense. I hope the filtered version of the lily I created 🙂 will inspire your readers.”

I know we’ve just missed Easter, but let this flower be the inspiration for your poem. I’m also sharing an update on my great granddaughter with her first Easter photo:

Oakley Mae will be six months old on April 26th! She’s happy and healthy! 🧡

Here are some sites that will help you write your poetry and count syllables:

Not sure how to write syllabic poetry? READ THIS FIRST: How to craft Syllabic Poetry

Tanka Tuesday Cheat Sheet





Word Craft: Prose & Poetry – The Art of Crafting Syllabic Poetry

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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.

53 thoughts on “TankaTuesday Weekly #Poetry Challenge No. 315, 4/11/23

  1. I’ve been enjoying being a part of Tanka Tuesdays, Colleen! I just adore that image of your sweet granddaughter too. We are back on the road tomorrow heading to Montana. I will enjoy catching up as folks link to my blog.

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  2. So wonderful to see how your great-granddaughter is thriving! I’ve tried out the symetrelle form since that’s one of the ones suggested for the W3 prompt this week. (K)

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  3. I can’t believe Oakley is 6 months already. Wow, time flies! She’s a little uncertain about sitting in all those flowers. 😀 ❤ A lovely response to the last prompt and a beautiful lily for the new one, Colleen. I hope you had a wonderful Easter. ❤


  4. Colleen, – Lovely little one!! Hard to believe our youngest family members are over a year and no more baby formula! Not quite walking but very close. …be back sooner or later.


  5. Love the picture, Terri. Imagine you lived in Montana, Colleen. You have lived in lots of interesting places and had some varied careers. BTW, your granddaughter is lucky to have you as a grandma. My grandparents were very instrumental in my upbringing and provided the extras my parents couldn’t provide – even in easier times. I didn’t raise children, but I can’t imagine doing it on my own without grandparents to help.

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    1. Oakley is my great granddaughter, LOL! Along with my granddaughter, they live in Texas. My daughter lives in Florida… you see, we’re spread all over the place. I hope too see them one day. 💖

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            1. My husband is 75. It was hard raising five kids. I won’t lie about that. Out of the five, my youngest daughter in Florida is the only part of our lives… so, it’s not all sunshine and roses raising kids. LOL! 🧡


              1. My hat is off to you. One reason that I went into teaching was to at least be around kids. I always told them they were my kids. But I definitely didn’t have to face all the problems that they went through. Vince spent many hard years alone raising his son. He was 25 when we married, and still pretty immature and dependent. I felt that I had some influence. He is an amazing person as an adult.


  6. Awww…. Your great granddaughter is beautiful what a wonderful photo to treasure… Thank you for sharing such a precious gift …
    Love and Hugs your way Colleen.. Oh and I hardly ever use the reader to comment.. I love to visit blogs in person and see their whole blog… Much better atmosphere than the reader.. 🙂 ❤ xxx Hope your problems with WP soon get resolved Colleen..
    Much love my friend x ❤

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    1. Thanks so much, Sue. Many of my poetry folks use the reader to find the challenge. I guess it’s easier for them. Anyway, depending on my time constraints I try to go directly to the blog, as well. WP said they are working on the HTML problem. 💜🤗

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