My Poetry

Haibun (Tuesday): Give Me Shelter-dVerse

Mish is over at dVerse for haibun Monday, which I'm writing today... a day late. She says: "Michelle Beauchamp here, (aka Mish) happy to be your host as we blend prose and poetry into Matsuo Basho’s famous form. You can explore more about Basho here." Mish asks us to incorporate the theme of “shelter” into our… Continue reading Haibun (Tuesday): Give Me Shelter-dVerse

Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challenges

#TankaTuesday Weekly #Poetry Challenge No. 287, 8/30/22, #ShareYourDay

WELCOME TO #TANKATUESDAY! It's the fifth Tuesday of the month! #ShareYourDay is a way to get to know each other better. Take a photo and write a syllabic poem about your day. Don’t think on it too hard. Make it fun. The photo does not need to be a selfie. If you don't have access… Continue reading #TankaTuesday Weekly #Poetry Challenge No. 287, 8/30/22, #ShareYourDay

Prior Years Poetry Stars

#TankaTuesday #Poetry Stars No. 286 |#ThemePrompt

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 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… Continue reading #TankaTuesday #Poetry Stars No. 286 |#ThemePrompt

Daily haiku, My Poetry

Daily Haiku

A haiku to celebrate the approaching change of the seasons. The kigo is new coolness, shinryoo, early autumn. Photo by Yulia Ilina on dew-shine sparkles new coolness descends brown leaves crackle © Colleen M. Chesebro

My Poetry, Poets Supporting Poets

“Lessons From Nature,” senryu

Sarah selected the theme of "Lessons from Nature" for this week's #TankaTuesday theme prompt. The other morning, as I stood by the back door drinking coffee... I spied an animal I've never encountered before. Hey! I'm a city girl. What can I say? My neighbors have dogs, so I sent out an alert in our… Continue reading “Lessons From Nature,” senryu

Crafting Syllabic Poetry

Haiku vs. zappai

Let's do a refresher on haiku and zappai: Some of what I’m seeing lately is called zappai, or pseudo-haiku, which is not truly haiku. Just because a poem has three lines and twelve to seventeen syllables, doesn’t make it a haiku. If your poem does not feature a season word, it’s not a haiku. It’s haiku-like or… Continue reading Haiku vs. zappai

Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challenges


WELCOME TO TANKA TUESDAY! Here we are for another #TankaTuesday poetry challenge! Are you ready for a theme prompt? Sarah selected this month's theme: ☀️Lessons from nature☀️ Use the theme above to write your choice of syllabic poem. Your poem must include or be about a lesson from nature. Here are some sites that will… Continue reading TANKATUESDAY Weekly #POETRY CHALLENGE NO. 286, 8/23/22, #THEMEPROMPT

Prior Years Poetry Stars

#TankaTuesday #Poetry Stars No. 285 | #Ekphrastic #photoPrompt

Just a few notes: It looks like I've settled all my WP issues with a return to I've also returned to my MAC roots with the Safari browser. That seems to have calmed everything down as well. Safari is a slower browser, but as my Mac ages, it might be better. We shall see.… Continue reading #TankaTuesday #Poetry Stars No. 285 | #Ekphrastic #photoPrompt

Wordpress Tips

How to Add a Twitter Timeline Widget to WordPress

How many of you have been searching for a way to add a Twitter timeline to widgets? The old widget disappeared from WordPress. I've been going crazy searching for a solution. gave me the answer! How to Add Your Twitter Widgets Manually "...Our final method uses the Twitter Publish tool to add a Twitter widget in… Continue reading How to Add a Twitter Timeline Widget to WordPress


Things are looking up!

Things are looking up. It appears that WP has completed the migration of my posts from the ether of the pro plan back to the premium plan. I tried to catch all the links, but you know how this is. Let me know if something doesn't work. Otherwise, I think we're good to go! Hurray!… Continue reading Things are looking up!