#TankaTuesday #Poetry Stars No. 284 – #SpecificForm: 4/11

Welcome to our weekly poetry stars’ celebration. Yvette selected this week’s challenge. We were to write our syllabic poem using the 4/11 syllabic form created by Gwen Plano.

I was so pleased to see so many of you embrace this form. It just goes to show that syllabic poetry doesn’t have to be difficult to write. Eleven lines, with four syllables per line, says so much!

Just a reminder… don’t forget to add your published post link to Mr. Linky! 💜💚💛

Many thanks to everyone who joined in below:

1.Reena Saxena 10.kittysverses 19.Margaret 21 
2.ben Alexander 11.anita dawes 20.theindieshe 
3.Gwen Plano 12.Harmony Kent 21.Colleen Chesebro 
4.willowdot21 13.Yvette M Calleiro 22.Jude 
5.The Versesmith 14.Kerfe 23.Smitha 
6.Cheryl 15.Jules 24.Vashti Q. Vega 
7.Balroop Singh 16.Annette Rochelle Aben 25.You’re next!
8.Sylvia Cognac 17.Ruth Klein   
9.Selma 18.D. L. Finn   

This was a tough week to select only one poem. I loved all of them! There was so much creativity! I read them over and over. 💜

A special thank you to Harmony Kent and Annette Rochelle Aben for their help in tweeting and sharing all our posts on social media. I couldn’t do this without you guys. 🙏🏻 ❤️

Check out Smitha’s poetry, photography, and artwork!

If you’re looking for a photographic vacation (I was) then you must read Margaret’s poem and enjoy the photos.

I selected Jules’ poem, “Airy Wonderland,” to feature. I loved the idea of staring at the clouds as the shapes take on new meaning. Cloud dreaming is a summer adventure; and as summer slips away, remember to grab those moments. Soon, autumn will present itself and summer will be a distant memory.

"Airy Wonderland"

Captivating
In all my days
Those puffy clouds
Taking on shapes
Images from those
Storied fables
White rabbit in
A spruced waist vest
Waiting to take
Me through the sky
Captivating

© JP/dh

This week, I’ve asked Jules to choose the specific form she’d like to practice for next month’s challenge. Please email your words to me at least a week before the challenge to tankatuesdaypoetry@gmail.com. Thanks.

September Specific Theme: Jules

August Photo Prompt: Reena

August Theme Prompt: Sarah

See you tomorrow for the new challenge!

Summer Magic, #TankaTuesday, #SpecificForm

This week, I finally found the time to write my poem for #TankaTuesday. The bathrooms are now a finished project! We even found time yesterday, to the paint the bare wood around the bottom of the deck. We hope to put up some plastic trellis around the base before summer’s end.

It was Yvette’s choice this week. She selected a form created by Gwen Plano called the 4-11, which is eleven lines of four syllables each.

NOTE: https://sodacoffee.com/syllables, the syllable counter we’ve used for years, now displays a 404 error page. In the past, they revamped the site and changed the address. I’m not sure if that is the case this time. So, use the syllable counter at How Many Syllables: https://www.howmanysyllables.com/syllable_counter/. Be aware that How Many Syllables sometimes is off in the count. Double check your syllable count.

Summer Magic

Summer magic
still shines—grab it!
Dance with fireflies,
waltz with fairies,
tell ghost stories
around the fire...
bond together.
Autumn hovers
in the raindrops.
Remember the
summer magic.

© Colleen M. Chesebro

I can’t believe we’re half way through August! Before you know it, summer will be a distant memory. Spend these last weeks with your family, enjoying time together. It’s all so precious. 💜

Join me and learn how to write syllabic poetry! Word Craft: Prose & Poetry is available in print and ebook versions on Amazon.com.

“The Dress,” #99-word Story

The Carrot Ranch August 8, 2022, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story about “the one who left the dress.” A 1940s-era dress still hangs in an abandoned house. Who left it and why? You can take any perspective and write in any genre. It can be a ghost story. Or not. Go where the prompt leads! Submit by August 13, 2022.

Join in! It’s lots of fun to see what you can create!

Mildred hung the dress on a peg in the changing room she shared with the other actresses. She shivered. This place gave her the creeps. She’d felt odd ever since she’d arrived.

As a Betty Grable look-alike, Mildred often stood in for the star. But today, they had filmed the scene in this abandoned shack in the woods.

“Jack, in here,” a woman’s voice called out. “It’s still here.”

“What’s still there?”

“The dress. You know, the dress Mildred Setterfield wore as a stand-in for Betty Grable in the movie, “Suspense”. She died of an aneurism in this cabin.”


Check out the stories of last week’s challenge: Sweet as Cherries

Colleen’s Kindle: July 2022 Reads

The Book Review Club!

I’ve been exploring the Kindle Unlimited offers on Amazon, and I’ve been happy with everything I’ve found. This has become an affordable way for me to feed my voracious book reading habit. For book reviewers like me, this is an excellent way to read books. It’s also a great way for authors to up their readership and still get compensated for the read. If you have your book available through Kindle Unlimited… thank you! Now, let me introduce you to some novels I absolutely loved! ❤

Check out all the books!! https://amzn.to/3HTne4X

I’m still behind in reviews, so here goes… my Kindled Unlimited Reads for July 2022! Click the image to find the book on Amazon.com.

The Bone Wall: A Post-Apocalyptic Search for Truth, by D. Wallace Peach.

The Bone Wall is a dystopian fantasy novel about twin sisters, Rimma and Angel. Somehow, the two women are bound by some sort of magical means. Interestingly, when they are together, only one is visible at a time.

When the walls of heaven fail, they find themselves thrust into a perilous world torn apart by two warring factions that will stop at nothing to gain control of the planet. Now, the sisters must survive amongst the warring factions, but they must also withstand a rapidly decaying planet. This book is about a broken world.

Angel typically takes the path of peaceful conflict resolution. She always looks for the good in everyone in any situation. Meanwhile, Rimma would rather act first and ask questions later. For Rimma, life is about seeking revenge. Together, they must keep each other safe.

D. Wallace Peach writes in beautiful, almost poetic prose that takes my breath away. Several themes come to mind: how light and shadow exist together, along with good and evil—one can’t exist without the other. The theme of religious righteousness also threads its way through the novel.

This is a complex novel with a message that resonates in today’s world.

The author’s note states: “… What if we continue to poison our land, water, and air in the name of progress and profit? What if we continue to blast our way through conflicts on a global and personal scale? What if we abandon compassion, no longer our brothers’ and sisters’ keepers? What becomes of us when righteousness is blind?”

A fan of Peach’s work, this novel has found its way into my heart. Beware… it is dark and gritty—just like true life! This book will ask you to reexamine your own preconceived beliefs. What if…?


Life & Soul: Book 2 in the Soul Poetry Series by Harmony Kent.

Life & Soul, a collection of freestyle poetry, is divided into six sections: Lonely Soul, Seeking Soul, Brief Soul, Friendly Soul, Loving Soul, and the Life of a Soul. The Soul takes center stage in this author’s poetry through a deep exploration of emotions through friendship, loneliness, love, and lost love.

Written as a poetic memoir, Life & Soul shares events from the author’s life which resonated deeply with me. From a past filled with self doubt blooms the new life of a poet, unfolding before our eyes like a rare flower to behold.

The poetry in the Loving Soul chapter is the most satisfying. These poems are the culmination of a journey filled with life’s lessons. My favorite poem in the collection is called, “No Stringy Things,” which sums up the chapter perfectly, “This is to truly love oneself and one another.” This was a lovely, soul-satisfying read!


Hues Of Hope: Selected Poetry by Balroop Singh

Hues Of Hope is a collection of reader’s favorite poems from the poet’s other published poetry books. Most of these poems explore the emotion (or virtue) of “hope” and how to find inspiration in a chaotic world.

Filled with positivity, Hues of Hope alludes to a range of colorful emotions all portrayed in poetic form. I confess, I had many favorites: Oasis of Peace, Moments to Hold, and, of course, Emerging from Shadows, one of my very favorite poems, by this poet.

I’ve read this book twice, and each read reveals more to love about this poet’s word choice and alliteration. If you love freestyle poetry, you will enjoy this exploration into the complexities of life.


Grimm Up North: A Yorkshire Murder Mystery (DCI Harry Grimm Crime Thrillers Book 1) by David J. Gatward

Well, I’ve found another series I love and this time it’s a crime thriller. The best part… the book takes place in Wensleydale, England, the home of one of my favorite British shows, “All Creatures Great and Small.”

The book begins with DCI Harry Grimm working in Bristol in the major crimes division. He ends up in Wensleydale, in north Yorkshire, transferred by his boss. An IED wounded Grimm when he served in the military, so his face suits his name. He’s a rather intimidating character.

Harry doesn’t know what to think about the peaceful villages and rolling hills of the dales. Sheep dot the hills everywhere, and he can’t believe his bad luck at having been sent there. There is no police station. Instead, it’s located inside the community center.

When a girl goes missing on her way to school, a chain of events leads the storyline in plenty of twists and turns. Harry assembles a police team with a great mix of characters that follow into the subsequent books.

There is a family mystery at play here as well, which exposes more and more of that plotline as the subsequent books in the series unfold. Each book is a self-contained mystery with good plots and interesting characters. If you love British mysteries, you will love this series.


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TankaTuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 284, 8/9/22, #SpecificForm: 4-11

WELCOME TO #TANKATUESDAY!

Last month, I asked Yvette Calleiro to select a syllabic form for us to learn more about. Her choice was a form that Gwen Plano created, called the 4-11. You can find her 4-11 form HERE.

FAST FACTS

Gwen says the 4-11 is a stanza of eleven lines, four syllables each line. The beginning line also repeats as the last line. Here is Gwen’s example.

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

PoetsCollective.org

sodacoffee.com/syllables

RhymeZone.com

synonyms.com 

thesaurus.com

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

THE RULES

  • Write your syllabic poem. Try not to use “ing” ending words to satisfy the word count.
  • Post it on your blog. Include a link back to the challenge in your post. (copy the URL: https:// address of this post into your post).
  • Copy your link into the Mr. Linky below (underlined with a hyperlink). You might have to delete your previous entry.
  • Please click the small checkbox on Mr. Linky about data protection.
  • Read and comment on some of your fellow poets’ work.

The screenshot below shows what Mr. Linky looks like inside. Add your name, and the URL of your post. Click the box about the privacy policy (It’s blue). As everyone adds their links to Mr. Linky, you can view the other submissions by clicking on the Mr. Linky link on the challenge post. All the links will show in the order of posting.

MR. LINKY BELOW

Follow the schedule listed below:

August Specific Form: Yvette

 August Photo Prompt: Reena

 August Theme Prompt: Sarah

Now, have fun and write some 4-11 poetry!

#TankaTuesday #Poetry Stars No. 283 | #TastetheRainbow, Chakra Color Poetry

Welcome to our weekly poetry stars’ celebration. This week’s challenge was to write our choice of syllabic poem, using a chakra color. We could use a form from the cheat sheet or a syllabic form from the Poetscollective.org.

Many thanks to everyone who joined in below:

1.Sylvia Cognac7.Gwen Plano13.Colleen Chesebro
2.ben Alexander8.Cheryl14.Pat
3.Balroop Singh9.anitadawesauthor@ btinternet. com15.Annette Rochelle Aben
4.Harmony Kent10.Jules16.Reena
5.Eugenia11.Vashti Quiroz- Vega17. You’re next!
6.Laura McHarrie12.Ruth Klein  

Great job this week, poets! 🥳

I don’t know about anyone else, but I enjoyed the challenge of choosing a chakra color to write about. When you use color in your poetry, it helps others connect emotionally to your poem.

When we employ the psychology of color, our symbolism deepens in meaning. For example, I used the color blue, which can also allude to one being sad or morose. However, when we employ the chakra color theory to our symbolism, we learn the color blue is associated with “heaven, or pure mind.”

Jules chose the green (heart chakra). She used the color in specific ways. Kaeru (the frog) is green, and she wrote about love in her haibun. Notice how the symbolism in her poem deepened the meaning. Those connections to the heart chakra came through loud and clear. Usually, the color green implies jealousy, but not when we use chakra color theory.

Don’t be afraid to experiment with color theory in your poetry and other writings: https://www.verywellmind.com/color-psychology-2795824

August Specific Form: Yvette

August Photo Prompt: Reena

August Theme Prompt: Sarah

See you tomorrow for the new challenge!

“Blue of Pure Mind,” chōka & hanka

Image by Peter Lomas from Pixabay
the blue throat chakra...
a nexus to the divine
blue hues of heaven
serene, calm, tranquility
found in a blue sky,
slow down, make time to be still
listen to your voice
obey the stillness within
blue the color of pure mind

uncluttered by thoughts
in silence, one can perceive
blue—the purest mind
open wide... the throat chakra 
your seat of creativeness

© Colleen M. Chesebro

This week for #TankaTuesday, I asked everyone to select one of the seven chakra colors to feature in their poetry. Color is a powerful poetic tool, and when used in poetry, it helps to convey our thoughts and feelings.

I wrote a chōka followed by a hanka (tanka) according to the cheat sheet:

The chōka (long poem) was the storytelling form of Japanese poetry from the 1st to the 13th century. It is unrhymed and written in alternating five and seven-syllable lines that end with an extra seven-syllable line. The early form consisted of a series of katuata joined together. (A katuata is 5-7-7 (19) onji, or 5-7-5 (17) onji) and is required for your poem. It is composed of any number of couplets made up of alternating 5-7 onji (sound syllables) per line. In English, we can only treat the onji as a syllable. A nine-line chōka is 5-7-5-7-5-7-5-7-7 or 5-7-7-5-7-5-7-7-7. Chōka often were followed by one or more short poems called hanka, or “envoys,” summarizing, supplementing, or elaborating on the contents of the main poem. Often, a tanka would serve as an envoy.”

Word Craft Poetry Cheat Sheet

#TankaTuesday Weekly Poetry Challenge No. 283: #Tastetherainbow-“Chakra” Color Poetry

Hello everyone. Happy August! This week for #TankaTuesday, choose your own syllabic form and a chakra color to feature in your poem. If the form is from the #TankaTuesday cheat sheet, let us know so we know where to look for directions. If it’s a new form, share how to write it and where you found the instructions.

This week let’s add something special to our color poetry. I want you to concentrate on the Chakra colors, and select one of those to feature in your poem. What are the chakra colors?

Chakra Colors In Order

Let’s begin by looking at each of your chakras and their color correspondence in order:

Image Credit: https://7chakrastore.com/blogs/news/chakra-colors

Here is a link that will explain the chakra colors: https://www.chakra-anatomy.com/chakra-colors.html

Take a few minutes to reflect on the chakra colors. What color are you drawn to? When you picture the most vibrant color, what color do you see? What does it remind you of, what emotions do you associate with it, and how does it make you feel? Describe the impact this color has (on you and/or the world around you). What insights can you glean from this color and your interpretation of it?

Now write your poem… minding the rules of the form you chose.

💜 💜 💜

Color Meanings – The Power and Symbolism of Colors

Color Symbolism in Literature: What Do Colors Mean in Literature and Poetry?

Symbolism – Definition & Examples

💜 💜 💜

P.S. 🌈 Taste the Rainbow refers to colors. You do not have to write about a rainbow in your poem. Just include a color in your poem. 🌈


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

PoetsCollective.org

sodacoffee.com/syllables

synonyms.com 

thesaurus.com

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

THE RULES

*Write your poem and post it on your blog.

*USE sodacoffee.com/syllables to count your syllables. That way, we are all using the same syllable counter.

*Include a link back to the challenge in your post. (copy the https:// address of this post into your post).

*Copy your link into the Mr. Linky below (underlined with a hyperlink).

*Please click the small checkbox on Mr. Linky about data protection.

*Read and comment on some of your fellow poets’ work.

*Like and leave a comment below if you choose to do so.

The screenshot below shows what Mr. Linky looks like inside. Add your name and the URL of your post. Click the box about the privacy policy (It’s blue). As everyone adds their links to Mr. Linky, you can view the other submissions by clicking on the Mr. Linky link on the challenge post. All the links will show in the order of posting.

See the URL in the browser image below. This is what the URL of your post will look like after you published your poem. Cut and paste that address into Mr. Linky below:

Follow the schedule listed below:

Upcoming #TankaTuesday Prompt Poets

💜 August Specific Form: Yvette

💚 August Photo Prompt: Reena

💛 August Theme Prompt: Sarah

Now, have fun and write some chakra color themed poetry!

#TankaTuesday #Poetry Stars No. 282, #ThemePrompt: “The Longest Day”

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.Harmony Kent7.ben Alexander13.theindieshe
2.Reena Saxena8.I deleted Margaret’s extra link14.Margaret 21
3.willowdot219.D. L. Finn15.Mayuri Srivastava
4.Gwen Plano10.Annette Rochelle Aben16.Ruth Klein
5.Cheryl11.Jules17.Jane Aguiar
6.Sarah David12.Colleen Chesebro18.You’re next!

Whew! What a week! I’ve been working on some creative projects this week, so I’ve been extra busy. Our contractor should finish the last bathroom on Tuesday! I can’t wait for this chapter of home renovations to be over.

👉🏻 🥳 👉🏻 I came across this blog post by Ken Hume HERE about writing poetry with your whole life. This is a great read! Please stop by Ken’s blog and share your thoughts. 👏🏻

Harmony picked a tough theme this week. What did your longest day look like? This week, I went with Sarah David’s shadorma poem, “Solstice.” The summer solstice was my first thought on the theme of the longest day. I liked the flow of this poem. Sarah captures the essence of the summer solstice in so few words.

Solstice

summer’s breath
blistering sunrise
glowing still
long past day
simmering into sunset
lengthening shadows

© Sarah David

This week, I’ve asked Sarah David to choose the theme prompt for next month’s challenge. Please email your words to me at least a week before the challenge to tankatuesdaypoetry@gmail.com. Thanks.

Upcoming Prompt Poets

Specific Form: Yvette

Photo: Reena

Theme: Sarah

See you tomorrow for the new challenge!