#Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 221 #SynonymsOnly

WELCOME TO TANKA TUESDAY!

Welcome! Check out the NEW main menu item: Poetry Book Publishing Links to find poetry book publishing links, including links to literary journals and poetry magazines accepting submissions of poetry. If you know of a link to add to this list, let me know by email to tankatuesdaypoetry@gmail.com. ❤

This week, Jude chose the words for you to select your synonyms:

Search & Lost

For the Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challenge, you can write your poem in the forms defined on the Poetry Challenge Cheat sheet below:

View Cheat-sheet

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

synonyms.com This site even has a link so you can install the extension on Google Chrome.

thesaurus.com For Synonyms and Antonyms. When your word has too many syllables, find one that works.

https://www.sodacoffee.com/syllables Find out how many syllables each word has. I use this site to compose my poems. A simple yet very powerful syllable counter for poems and text which will count the total number of syllables and number of syllable per line for poems like haikus, limericks, and more. NOTE: the site address has changed.

howmanysyllables.com This site does the hard work for you. It’s up and working again.

I don't get it

THE RULES

  • Write a poem using one of these forms: Haiku, Senryu, Haiga, Tanka, Gogyohka, Haibun, Tanka Prose, Cinquain, and its variations, Etheree, Nonet, Shadorma, Badger Hexastich (hexastich for short), and Abhanga. Don’t forget the Diatelle, which is an optional form found here.
  • Post it on your blog.
  • 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.

Follow the schedule listed below:

Don't forget

I will visit your blog, comment, and TWEET your POETRY. 

If you add these hashtags to the post TITLE on your blog (depending on which poetry form you use) your poetry may be viewed more often on Twitter:

#Haiku, #Senryu, #Haiga, #Gogyohka, #Tanka, #TankaProse, #Renga, #SoloRenga, #micropoetry, #poetry, #5lines, #Haibun, #Prose, #CinquainPoetry, #Etheree, #Nonet, #Shadorma, #Badger Hexastich, #Abhanga, #Diatelle

Now, have fun and write some poetry!


#TANKA TUESDAY #POETRY STARS | #PoetsChoice

Welcome to our weekly poetry stars celebration. This week’s challenge was poet’s choice, always a favorite!

I always look forward to the beginning of the month because you all can choose a syllabic form of your choice. It’s always fun to see the creativity! This week’s poetry was filled with lovely photos, drawings, and even a painting!

Heather wrote a cinquain swirl HERE which was a unique form.

Selma wrote a metered abecedarian poem HERE. It ended up as 13 syllables per line!

Make sure and stop by and read Kerfe’s haiku HERE along with her painting!

Many thanks to everyone who joined in below:

1.Reena Saxena10.Ken Gierke / rivrvlogr19.Heather
2.Trent McDonald11.Laura McHarrie20.Donna Matthews
3.Selma12.theindieshe21.Heather 2
4.Gwen Plano13.Dorinda Duclos22.Jules
5.Annette Rochelle Aben14.Ritu Bhathal23.Ruth
6.willowdot2115.Erlyn Olivia24.Sally Cronin
7.Padre16.anita dawes25.Erlyn Olivia 2
8.Laura17.Kerfe Roig26.Dr. Crystal Grimes
9.Cheryl18.M J Mallon 27.
28.
 Kat
and Pat

Have a ZEN Monday… See you tomorrow for a new challenge!

#TANKA TUESDAY #POETRY CHALLENGE NO. 220, #POET’SCHOICE

WELCOME TO TANKA TUESDAY!

Chloe & Sophie come home today! Let’s celebrate the first of the month!

Happy April! It’s the first of the month and you know what that means! Word Crafters, choose your own syllabic poetry form, theme, words, images, etc. It’s up to you! This opportunity only happens once a month!

WAIT…

Are you looking for inspiration for your syllabic poetry? Find an image on Pixabay.com or experiment with “found poetry” to find some inspiration. Another option is to try some magnetic poetry. You still have to count syllables, but it’s like putting together a puzzle! Use this opportunity to try a new form!

The Poet’s Collective features an index of Syllabic Poetry Forms. Check it out!

This challenge is a true poet’s choice! Use any syllabic poetry form that you’d like. As long as there are syllables to count, you’re good to go! Be creative. If your form is something new, teach us how to write it. Have fun!

For this challenge, you can write your poem in the forms defined on the Poetry Challenge Cheatsheet below, and/or any other syllabic form you’d like to try.

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

synonyms.com 

This site even has a link so you can install the extension on Google Chrome.

thesaurus.com

For Synonyms and Antonyms. When your word has too many syllables, find one that works.

https://www.sodacoffee.com/syllables Find out how many syllables each word has. I use this site to compose my poems. A simple yet very powerful syllable counter for poems and text which will count the total number of syllables and number of syllable per line for poems like haikus, limericks, and more. NOTE: the site address has changed. I created an account for easy access.

How Many Syllables.com Counts your syllables and helps you find rhyming words too!

I don't get it

THE RULES

*Write a syllabic poem of your choice. If you write a “seventeen-syllable poem” add that to your post. No need to call it a haiku or senryu unless you are writing the English forms.

*Post it on your blog.

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

*Copy your published 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:

I will visit your blog, comment, and TWEET your POETRY. 

If you add these hashtags to the post TITLE on your blog (depending on which poetry form you use) your poetry may be viewed more often on Twitter:

#Haiku, #Senryu, #Haiga, #Tanka, #Tanka Prose, #micropoetry, #renga, #solo-renga, #poetry, #5lines, #Haibun, #Prose, #CinquainPoetry, #Etheree, #Nonet, #Shadorma, #Gogyohka, #Badgerhexastich, #Abhanga, #SyllabicPoetry, #Diatelle, #Seventeen-SyllablePoem

Now, have fun and write some poetry!


#TANKA TUESDAY #POETRY STARS | Specific Form: #Haiku & #Senryu

Welcome to our weekly poetry stars celebration. This week’s challenge was to work with the specific forms of Haiku and Senryu in English. These forms have rules. They are not just seventeen-syllable poems as most of you found out this week.

I understand many of you do not write your poetry for anything other than your personal enjoyment, and there is nothing wrong with that. However, when you label your poem as a haiku or senryu, (and not a seventeen-syllable poem) you should follow the rules… especially if you enter these poems in contests, or for publication in journals or anthologies. Also, anything published on your blog is a form of publication which is something to be mindful of.

We use the 5-7-5 form to practice with because it makes the composition easier with more syllables, and when you’re learning that’s a huge help. When you are writing haiku or senryu for contests or for submission to journals always use the short-long-short form, not the 5-7-5.

I’ve changed the Poetry Cheat-sheet to reflect the addition of a “seventeen-syllable poem” to use if your intent is to just have fun and not follow the rules of haiku or senryu. That takes the pressure off!

The biggest takeaway from this week should be learning what the juxtaposition was in haiku and senryu. Remember, combine lines one and two, first. Are you left with a coherent message? Next, take lines two and three. Do you get a different meaning from these lines? If so, you’ve created juxtaposition!

Here is Reena Saxeena’s senryu poem:

love rules
hearts, then minds
-let go

©2021 Reena Saxeena

Lines one and two: “love rules, hearts, then minds”

Lines two and three: “hearts, then minds—let go”

There are two distinct messages in this poem that merge and flow into the last line—let go! What a great message this is!

Many thanks to everyone who joined in below:

1.Erlyn Olivia10.Reena Saxena19.Kerfe Roig
2.anita dawes11.Ritu Bhathal20.Colleen Chesebro
3.Padre12.theindieshe21.Ruth Scribbles
4.Trent McDonald13.Pat22.s. s.
5.Jules14.Donna Matthews23.Selma
6.willowdot2115.Laura McHarrie24.kat
7.Annette Rochelle Aben16.Selma25.Sally Cronin
8.D. L. Finn17.Heather26.kittysverses
9.Gwen Plano18.Ken Gierke / rivrvlogr27.

There some other great haiku and senryu, as well:

Ruth Scribbles

Ken Gierke / rivrvlogr

kat

As many of you already know, my newest book, “Word Craft ~ Prose & Poetry – The Art of Crafting Syllabic Poetry,” is a bit closer to becoming a reality.

Last Monday, I sent the book off to my editor. I also want to thank Frank J. Tassone, my mentor, and American Haijin, for kindly editing the Japanese forms in this book. His help and kindness have been invaluable. I’ll keep you posted on the progress of the book and when to expect publication.

I have another surprise up my sleeve… stay tuned for more of that news next month!

Our two new fur-babies come home today! Welcome, Chloe and Sophie! I’ll share photos tomorrow! ❤

In Memoriam: Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent

It is with a heavy heart I share with you the passing of our friend and poet, Sue Vincent. Sue was a pillar in our poetic community, always ready to jump into a poetry challenge. And, most importantly, she was always there to offer a kind word of encouragement.Through the years, I’d come to love her Midnight Haiku, and other writings about England, a place dear to my heart.

In her honor, I share a double Etheree poem Sue wrote a few years ago that I keep on my desk. This poem is the true essence of Sue’s spirit. May the faeries help her find her way to the other side so that she may find peace. Thanks for being part of our journey. ❤

pure
nature
walked lightly
by those who see
untrammeled beauty
following the pattern
crafted by the architect
even the smallest has its place
in the endless cycle of being
an unbroken chain of relationships
from the feral claw of the predator
to the cooing of the mourning dove
from mountaintop to ocean's depth
each life a star to guide us
towards understanding
eye to eye mirrored
we see ourselves
in the dance
living
free

©2019 Sue Vincent

Poet, Jim Webster shares an amazing tribute to Sue HERE.

#TANKA TUESDAY WEEKLY #POETRY CHALLENGE NO. 219, #SpecificForm

WELCOME TO TANKA TUESDAY!

Welcome! New links added daily! Check out the NEW main menu item: Poetry Book Publishing Links to find poetry book publishing links, including links to literary journals and poetry magazines accepting submissions of poetry. If you know of a link to add to this list, let me know by email to tankatuesdaypoetry@gmail.com. ❤

It’s the FIFTH week of the month! Are you ready to work on a specific form?

Let’s talk HAIKU and SENRYU

Japanese poetry forms follow special rules. Just because you have seventeen syllables to play with doesn’t mean you should just write whatever you want. Take the time to learn the forms and understand why haiku is nature related and why senryu is written about the human condition.

HAIKU IN ENGLISH: Traditional Haiku in English is written in three lines with five syllables in the first line, seven syllables in the second line, and five syllables in the last line: 5/7/5, for a total of seventeen syllables written in the present tense.

  • Haiku do not rhyme, nor do they contain metaphors and similes. The use of an implied metaphor is acceptable.
  • The current standards for creating Haiku in English suggest a form with three lines and syllables of 3/5/3 (11 syllables). Even the more abbreviated haiku version with three lines and syllables of 2/3/2 (7 syllables) is now thought of more favorably than the traditional 5/7/5 format.
  • Most haiku are written about nature, the seasons, a beautiful moment in nature, an emotional experience while in nature, or change. A haiku should share a special moment of awareness with the reader.
  • There is often a seasonal word used to explain the time of year, called a kigo, which is a seasonal description, such as: Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter, and New Year’s. There should only be one kigo per haiku. It’s up to the poet to decide if they want to include a kigo in their poem.
  • Most haiku do not contain titles.
  • The use of punctuation is optional in the creation of the haiku.
  • Three or more haiku written together are considered a series or sequence.

SENRYU IN ENGLISH: Traditional 5/7/5, Current 3/5/3, and Current 2/3/2 syllable structure. A Senryu is written about love, humor, a personal event, and should have irony present.

  • Traditional Senryu in English is written in three lines with five syllables in the first line, seven syllables in the second line, and five syllables in the last line: 5/7/5, for a total of seventeen syllables written in the present tense.
  • Senryu do not rhyme, nor do they contain metaphors and similes.
  • The current standards for creating Senryu in English suggest a form with three lines and syllables of 3/5/3 (11 syllables). Even the more abbreviated senryu version with three lines and syllables of 2/3/2 (7 syllables) is now thought of more favorably than the traditional 5/7/5 format.
  • A senryu is written about love, human foibles relating to a personal event, and should have an element of irony present somewhere in the form.
  • Senryu focus on the awkward moments in life making the human, not the world around them, the subject of their creative endeavor. Senryu poetry deals with the human condition: focusing on sexual matters, family relations, religion, politics, and anything that touches on the pain we experience through sorrow, prejudice, oppression, anger, and frustration.
  • Humor and sarcasm are two of the most favorable elements in a senryu.
  • Use precise, simple language and be direct and explicit in your word choice.
  • Senryu are blunt and do not deal in sentimentality.
  • Three or more senryu written together are a series or sequence.

What makes a good haiku? It must have juxtaposition present. Let’s take one of my poems from last week to illustrate:

nymphs tied to tree homes...
souls married, inter-wreathed as one—
love blossoms in spring

The way I check for juxtaposition is to see if I’ve compared and/or contrasted the elements of my poem. I talk about the nymphs tied to their trees, their souls married and inter-wreathed as one being. That is because the tree and the spirit are connected-one in the same within the tree. My pivot is the last line where I share that love blossoms in spring. (And yes, love is something you would talk about more in a senryu) Good catch!

First, I take the first line and second line and combine them:

nymphs tied to tree homes, souls married, inter-wreathed as one

Next, I take the second line and the third line and combine them:

souls married, inter-wreathed as one, love blossoms in spring

Now the meaning has changed with a more human approach to marriage and how love often blooms in spring. This technique helps the poet see if the paired entities are similar or different. The two parts of the haiku resonate with one another to produce a new meaning. The last line or pivot should make your poem memorable.

This combining of lines works with the 5-7-5 form, but not always with the shorter forms. I’ve been able to use this technique most of the time with the shorter forms. Experiment!

I’ve compared the symbiotic relationship between the dryad and the tree to love blooming in spring. But I’ve also compared souls married and inter-wreathed as one to love blooming in spring.

Did you ever wonder when to use ellipses (…)? Use ellipses when you are moving toward a point.

How about an em dash (—)? Use an em dash when you are moving away from the common point.

We use the above punctuation to create our cutting word, or kireji, which is a concept in Japanese Haiku, but not in English Haiku. Instead we use gaps, line breaks and basic punctuation to do the ‘cutting’ work. That’s why we use ellipses and the em dash.

The New Zealand Poetry Society shares the Power of Juxtaposition. #Recommended READ

One of my favorite senryu poets (he calls them “Screw You Haiku”) is Michael, from the Afterwards Blog. He understands this form so well. Check out this senryu poem HERE. He writes some pretty funny limericks, too!

Here is a senryu I wrote a few weeks ago:

still waters warming— 
I turn, craving your caress
your snores wake the dead

You can combine the lines in this senryu the same as we did in the haiku above.

still waters warming—I turn, craving your caress

I turn, craving your caress, your snores wake the dead

This poem is filled with sexual innuendo and humor. The irony is apparent: one spouse wants to have sex while the other is snoring and still asleep. It figures… right? See how “human” this moment is?

Have fun with these forms. I can’t wait to see what you create.

For this poetry challenge, you can write a haiku and/or senryu on any subject you choose.

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

synonyms.com 

This site even has a link so you can install the extension on Google Chrome.

thesaurus.com

For Synonyms and Antonyms. When your word has too many syllables, find one that works.

howmanysyllables.com

Find out how many syllables each word has. I use this site to compose my poems. Click on the “Workshop” tab, then cut and paste your poetry into the box. Click the Count Syllables button on the button. This site does the hard work for you.

I don't get it

The RULES

  • Write a poem using a form of your choice using haiku or senryu on any subject. Follow the rules of each form.
  • Post it on your blog.
  • 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.

Follow the monthly schedule listed below:

On April 1st, we kick off National Poetry Month. One of my goals for this year is to write a haiku poem a day on colleenchesebro.com. I hope you will join me. Look for my April 1st post.

Now, have fun and write some poetry!


TANKA TUESDAY POETRY CHALLENGE STARS | #PhotoPrompt

Welcome to our weekly poetry stars celebration. This week’s challenge was to choose synonyms for the words, “loose and tight,” using one of these forms: Haiku, Senryu, Haiga, Tanka, Gogyohka, Haibun, Tanka Prose, Renga, Solo-Renga, Cinquain, and its variations, Etheree, Nonet, Shadorma, Badger Hexastich (hexastich for short), and Abhanga.

Remember… the first of the month you can write any syllabic poetry form of your choice. The rest of the time, we write our syllabic poetry in one of the forms listed, and we follow a schedule (posted below). I do this for a couple of reasons. It requires those of you who would like to enter contests or to submit your poetry to literary journals to learn how to follow their rules. This challenge gives you that practice. Besides, why enter a challenge if you don’t follow the rules? That’s the challenge part. ❤

ALSO: Make sure you are grabbing the URL of your “published” post when you link back to the challenge and in Mr. Linky. If you need extra help with these features, let me know and I will help you. ❤

Many thanks to everyone who joined in below:

1.Reena Saxena6.D. L. Finn11.Ruth Scribbles
2.Trent McDonald7.Heather12.Ritu Bhathal
3.willowdot218.Jules13.kat
4.theindieshe9.anita dawes14.Colleen Chesebro
5.Cheryl10.Jude15.M.J. Mallon
Image credit: D.L. Finn

Wowser! D.L. Finn’s photo was filled with magic! Please take a moment to read her post about the photo HERE.

This week, I selected Anita Dawes‘ Etheree poem to feature because she picked up on the model wearing a mask which turned her poem into a poignant view of our current world status. Truthfully, I thought little about the mask, which goes to show how normal mask wearing has become. I thought there was great pathos in the photo and clearly, Anita felt many emotions as well.

The classic Etheree form should be unrhymed and focus on one subject or idea. The poem should have great rhythm and flow. Etheree should have a title, but sometimes less is more. This is a great form to experiment with.

Look at filler words when you’re writing your poetry. Not everything has to be stated in a sentence. Phrases are acceptable. We don’t have to spell out everything to our readers. Let them pick up your meaning through adjectives and breathy phrases.

Words like: the, so, that, by, which, etc. add nothing to the poem. Think in descriptive words, and use verbs to convey action. Just because you have X number of syllables to use doesn’t mean you want to waste them with words that add no meaning to your poem. This is especially true when you are writing the Japanese forms of haiku, senryu, tanka, etc.

This week, I’ve asked Anita Dawes to choose the prompt for next month’s challenge. Please email your photo and the photo’s credits to me at least a week before the challenge to tankatuesdaypoetry@gmail.com. Thanks.

My
Broken
Friend, I hug
The world swallowed
By the hand of greed
I can give so little
Face covering a small step
It is hoped each will do their best
To stop the tears of pain and heartbreak
So the world can spin in harmony once more…

© Anita Dawes 2021

See you tomorrow for the new challenge!

#TANKA TUESDAY WEEKLY #POETRY CHALLENGE NO. 218 #EKPHRASTIC #PHOTOPROMPT

WELCOME TO TANKA TUESDAY!

Welcome! Check out the main menu item: Poetry Book Publishing Links to find poetry book publishing links, including links to literary journals and poetry magazines accepting submissions of poetry. I update these links (sometimes daily) as I find more publishing opportunities. If you know of a link to add to this list, let me know by email to tankatuesdaypoetry@gmail.com. ❤

It’s time for an Ekphrastic #PhotoPrompt

This challenge explores Ekphrastic writing inspired by visual art (photographs). D.L. (Denise) Finn from last month’s challenge provided the photo for this month’s challenge. Interpret this photo through the eyes of a poet.

Image Credit: D.L. Finn

For the Tanka Tuesday Challenge, write your poem in the forms defined on the Poetry Challenge Cheatsheet (click the link below):

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

writerlywords.com/syllables/

A simple yet powerful syllable counter for poems and text which will count the total number of syllables and the number of syllable per line for poems like haikus, limericks, and more.

synonyms.com 

This site even has a link so you can install the extension on Google Chrome.

thesaurus.com

For Synonyms and Antonyms. When your word has too many syllables, find one that works.

How Many Syllables

This site counts syllables and helps you find words that rhyme.

I don't get it

THE RULES

  • Write a poem using one of these forms: Haiku, Senryu, Haiga, Tanka, Gogyohka, Haibun, Tanka Prose, Cinquain, and its variations, Etheree, Nonet, Shadorma, Badger Hexastich (hexastich for short), and Abhanga. Don’t forget the Diatelle, which is an optional form found here.
  • Post it on your blog.
  • 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.

Don't forget

I will visit your blog, comment, and TWEET your POETRY. 

If you add these hashtags to the post TITLE on your blog (depending on which poetry form you use) your poetry may be viewed more often on Twitter:

#Haiku, #Senryu, #Haiga, #Gogyohka, #Tanka, #TankaProse, #Renga, #Solo-Renga, #micropoetry, #poetry, #5lines, #Haibun, #Prose, #CinquainPoetry, #Etheree, #Nonet, #Shadorma, #Badger Hexastich, #Abhanga, #Diatelle

So, Word Crafters… who wants to have fun and write some poetry?

Head over to the Carrot Ranch ‘Saddle Up Saloon’ and write some Double Ennead Poetry Here.


Announcing the WINNERS of the Sue Vincent Rodeo Classic

Shared from Carrot Ranch.com:

When the Rodeo came to town, Rough Writers from around the world answered the call. You came, you sat in the saddle, you rode the bull, and you joined the parade.

Most important, you were inspired by our wonderful friend, Sue Vincent. Sue has been battling terminal cancer, and we’re thrilled that she is around to see the winners (though I admit I cheated and let her know the top winner a little early). Participants were allowed and encouraged to donate to help Sue and her family, but we believe the photo she provided as the prompt was worthy of any prize.

Her photo prompted 63 wonderful 99 word stories and 99 syllable poems; if the average picture is worth 1,000 words, then we can be certain her prompt is way above average!

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The Winners are announced at carrotranch.com

#TANKA TUESDAY POETRY STARS | Theme prompt: Immortality

Welcome to our weekly poetry stars celebration. This week’s challenge was to write about “immortality” using one of these forms: Haiku, Senryu, Haiga, Tanka, Gogyohka, Haibun, Tanka Prose, Renga, Solo-Renga, Cinquain, and its variations, Etheree, Nonet, Shadorma, Badger Hexastich (hexastich for short), and Abhanga. The Diatelle form is also an option.

Remember… the first of the month you can write any syllabic poetry form of your choice. The rest of the time, we write our syllabic poetry in one of the forms listed, and we follow a schedule (posted below). I do this for a couple of reasons. It requires those of you who would like to enter contests or to submit your poetry to literary journals to learn how to follow their rules. This challenge gives you that practice. Besides, why enter a challenge if you don’t follow the rules? That’s the challenge part. ❤

ALSO: Make sure you are grabbing the URL of your “published” post when you link back to the challenge and in Mr. Linky. If you need extra help with these features, let me know and I will help you. ❤

Many thanks to everyone who joined in below:

1.Padre11.kat21.Donna Matthews
2.Reena Saxena12.Laura McHarrie22.D. L. Finn
3.Gwen Plano13.Myforever Myrna Migala23.Jude
4.Trent McDonald14.Erlyn Olivia24.The Bee Writes…
5.theindieshe15.ladyleemanila25.Kerfe Roig
6.Jules16.Selma26.Ruth Scribbles
7.willowdot2117.Ritu Bhathal27.Sally Cronin
8.Eugenia18.kittysverses28.Pat
9.Cheryl19.Merril D. Smith  
10.Annette Rochelle Aben20.Colleen Chesebro  

There was some truly amazing poetry this week. Immortality can mean something different to everyone. Here are a few poems that expressed different interpretations of what immortality means to them:

Trent McDonald

willowdot21

Erlyn Olivia

Annette Rochelle Aben

Sally Cronin

Ruth Scribbles

I chose Kat Myrman’s Abhanga quatrain (series of four, four-line stanzas) to feature this week. The Abhanga has that lovely rhythm 6/6/6/4 syllables, L2 and L3 rhyme: x a a x, x being unrhymed. I’ve shared her poem below. Notice how the four quatrains written together form a longer poem? Just because the form is four lines long, doesn’t mean you can’t write more than one stanza. Japanese poetry is different, however. Always follow the instructions carefully on those forms.

This week, I’ve asked Kat Myrman 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.

"mere mortals"

it shouldn’t surprise us
how nonchalantly death
steals away our breath
in just a blink
without considering
that we have things to do
life to live, we’re not through
no death don’t care
the cruel fact of it is
when it’s your time to go
you can bet death will show
ready or not
immortality’s not
for mere mortals like us
just accept it, don’t fuss
enjoy the ride

©2021kat

Fly free… don’t forget tomorrow we’ll write more poetry! See you then…

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