Spirit Invasion. A garland cinquain collaboration

Jude shares a layer to our challenge: He asks for Cinquain Collaborators! How cool is that?

tales told different

There was a time we did not believe.
When mist was merely moisture,
And the distant rumble in the night,
Was but thunder from afar.
There was a time all shadows were bound to objects.
Shaped by light,
Afraid of darkness.

That time is no more.
Now we have seen
Now we have felt
And now we are aware
But so are they!

Ice cold
Back and forth those,
eyes hastily juggle
Cries of flocking bats, cut through pained-

They prowl lost caves
Tunneling beneath us
And the earth rumbles in disgust

defiant, that
swarm from quarters unknown.
Beyond the grey mountains rustle
Up wind

The veil
Nature’s facade
Ripped from valley to peak
Evil catching the scent of good!

The changing winds
Things, more than meets the eye
Red alleyways of serpentine-

Ice cold
They prowl lost caves
Swarm from quarters unknown

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TANKA TUESDAY POETRY STARS | Poets choice no. 209

Hello from snowy Michigan!

What a tremendous success our first poetry challenge of 2021 was! Bravo to those of you who tried a new form and taught us how to create it! Many thanks to everyone who joined in below:

1.ladyleemanila10.Padre19.Goutam Dutta
2.Trent McDonald11.Zander20.theindieshe
3.Tina Stewart Brakebill12.D. L. Finn21.Vashti Quiroz- Vega
4.Dave Madden13.s. s.22.Marsha Ingrao
5.Jules14.anita dawes23.M J Mallon
6.Ritu Bhathal15.Jude24.Kerfe Roig
7.willowdot2116.Gwen Plano25.Ruth
8.The Versesmith17.Cheryl  
9.Donna Matthews18.kittysverses  

Kerfe Roig’s poem, “Renderings,” using the Badger Hexastitch form caught my attention. This form is syllabic and written in six lines with a 2/4/6/6/4/2 structure. It is unrhymed with optional rising and falling end-words, which I think is an interesting twist.

I re-
turn to the earth
reflected as shadow–
silhouette echoing
the places I
have been

©2021 Kerfe Roig

The optional rising and falling end-words often refer to the intonation or rhythm of speech. I also believe from the examples that the rising and falling end-words often end in “ing,” but not always. (See the second poem below). This is a made up form and sometimes that makes it difficult to understand what the creator intended.

Another explanation for the rising and falling end-words could be simply writing a definite beginning and end where everyone can interpret the meaning, like in the third poem below. Kerfe used a similar interpretation, beginning with “I re-” [return] and ending with “have been.”

Or, the rising and falling end-words could be opposites, like in the first poem below:


Fall down
consider tears--
crawl to where grandpa sits
grab onto grandpa's leg
grin like a fox--
stand up

© Lawrencealot - February 16, 2014
rooted in mind,
not tasting ripe berries,
the oozing summer scent,
window open,

~~Phil Wood
First flight,
small granddaughter
visits Grandma with Dad,
Mom, brother and sisters
in soccer play-offs
back home.

--Judi Van Gorder

This is a fun form to experiment with. The syllable count has a pleasant rhythm. This year, Word Crafters, we will have a list of optional forms to choose from, including the twelve forms we’ve been using for the last few years. I’ll add the Badger Hexastitch to that list, which I will publish soon.

See you tomorrow for Tanka Tuesday!

TANKA TUESDAY POETRY CHALLENGE STARS | Theme Challenge: Holiday Traditions ~ Cinquain

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Last I week I challenged all of you to write a holiday themed cinquain poem with a syllable count of 2/4/6/8/2. I’m so happy you shared your holiday traditions with us. Many thanks to everyone who joined in below:

1.Padre 9.Jules (flash fiction) 17.Ruth 
2.Jude 10.The Versesmith 18.kittysverses 
3.Ritu Bhathal 11.Kat 19.Kerfe Roig 
4.theindieshe 12.Merril D. Smith 20.S. Anne Davis 
5.Trent McDonald 13.Eugenia 21.Annette Rochelle Aben 
6.willowdot21 14.Chel Owens 22.Colleen Chesebro 
7.Cheryl 15.Goutam Dutta 23.Reena Saxena
8.myforever 16.s..  24. Sarah Brentyn

However, in my mind’s eye, I envisioned each of our cinquain poems strung together like a garland wrapped around our “poet-tree.” I’ve added your cinquain poems below, flowing in a visual garland from left to right. I’ve only added one of your cinquain poems, so please visit the links to the blogs to read the other poetic surprises not included. ❤

Word Craft ~ Prose & Poetry’s POET TREE

Now, close your eyes and imagine a garland made from our cinquain poems (and a few other kinds of poetry) wrapping around the tree.

the longest night
of celestial darkness
brings us the return of sunshine— 

©2020 Colleen
Loving tokens 
Not presents expensive
No gold or incense from three kings
Love gifts

©2020 Padre
Each one, teach one
Share skills, ask a question
Many cooks, yet better dishes

©2020 Jude
Handmade glass bulbs
Ancient songs about birth
Cheap ornaments bought in childhood

©2020 Trent
Family time  
Festive sharing of love  
Presents given, food all eaten  

©2020 Ritu
Memories to
Hand down, decorating
The hearth and tree, cosy, cooking.

©2020 Willow
Early risers
Children forage stockings
Moms and dads still faking sleeping

©2020 Cheryl
Back then
Stockings were hung
By the chimney with care
I loved them more than all the gifts
 ©2020 Lisa
night of winter
fair planets kiss, glowing
age of Aquarius dawning

©2020 kat
to the laughter,
chocolate-chased giggling and
bageled love feasts. Sweet echoes that

©2020 Merril
beyond joyful
sleigh bells jingle jangle
snow flakes fluttering to and fro

©2020 Eugenia
Still, still
Sweet, silent night
Whispered stable story
Glad tidings sung of hist’ry writ

©2020 Chel
Multi-Cultural, Global  
Merrymaking, revelry, bonding  
Inducing sense of hope  

©2020 Goutam
at last
finding herself
completely unprepared
gobsmacked under a mistletoe
first kiss

©2020 mindfills of s.s.
chutney dressing
children open presents
giving smiling laughing hugging

©2020 Ruth
Winter magic sets in,
Santa Claus is coming to town*,

©2020 Aishwara (Kitty's Verses)
tree lights sparkling
music and kitchen cheer
exchanging gifts of Love Actu

©2020 Kerfe
Frosting fingers
Rolling the memories
Forming shapes of childhood
Baked love

©2020 Ann
Sis makes mincemeat pies
Father sends brother fruit cakes
My hips keep growing

©2020 Annette Rochelle Aben
colors of love
on food plates and presents
I watch Christmas trees turn green with

©2020 Reena
To have other
Poets and storytellers
To explore seasonal greetings

©2020 Jules
Snowflakes drifting
Darkness descends softly
Emerging sunlight proffers hope

©2020 Sarah

Thanks for being my poetry stars! See you tomorrow for the last challenge of the year!


Image by Vlad Vasnetsov from Pixabay

In a few short weeks, Christmas has once again snuck up on us! Happy Holidays everyone. Congratulations to everyone who finds the time to jump into this challenge. I know many of us are alone for the holidays, so I want to let you know that I will have a challenge up for the next two Tuesdays: 12/22 and 12/29. If you’re bored… hop on and get creative!

My first poetry challenge in January will (hopefully) be on the 18th! Fingers crossed that I have Wi-Fi by then in the new house.

January will be busy! A special thank you goes out to Frank J. Tassone, who graciously went through my manuscript for Word Craft ~ Prose & Poetry. He’s acted in the capacity as my Japanese poetry content editor for the book. I couldn’t have done this without his knowledge and expertise. Thank you, Frank!

I have the first round of edits to complete and then the book is on the way to my regular editor to see if we need any more edits. I’m thrilled that I will publish this book in the coming months. It is truly a dream come true.

Many thanks to everyone this week for all the lovely poetry written this week using the image below. Here’s everyone who joined in:

1.Trent McDonald8.anita dawes15.Goutam Dutta
2.willowdot219.kittysverses16.Linda Lee Lyberg
3.s. s.10.kat17.Vashti Quiroz- Vega
4.The Versesmith11.D. L. Finn18.Kerfe Roig
5.Ritu Bhathal12.Jules19.D. Wallace Peach
6.Robbie Cheadle13.Eugenia20.theindieshe
7.Jude14.Myrna21.Ruth Scribbles

We had a great turnout of poets who accepted my extra challenge of creating a wakiku to accompany my hokku.

Here is my hokku based on the image.

hazy reflections—
crows gather to remember
the gifts of summer

The different wakiku’s follow:

Seasons whisper to the deer.
Gently as they ride with crows.

Pyramids built on hot sands
Dream reflections of lost time…

As winter slowly creeps in
Burying those sweet memories.

a brief moments of respite
dispelled like a soap bubble

migrating thoughts never lost
peaceful times for spirits loved

ancestors speak in voices
carried by skies singing wings


I really enjoyed this collaborative style of poetry. Renga can be a lot of fun to write. We will have to try this again. I’ll see you tomorrow for another Tanka Tuesday challenge, Word Crafters!

Happy Winter Solstice!

Many Yule blessings—
may the joy of gratitude
find its way to you

©2020 Colleen M. Chesebro

READ: The magic of December 21, 2020


Kerfe Roig picked an impressive pair of words for us to work with this week for our #SynonymsOnly challenge: “mingle and drift.”

Here’s everyone who joined in:

1.rogblog6668.The Versesmith15.Pat R
3.willowdot2110.Padre17.Merril D. Smith
4.Dave Madden11.Christine18.Kerfe Roig
5.Trent McDonald12.anita dawes19.Ruth Scribbles
6.Jules13.Aphrodite Beamish20.Colleen Chesebro
7.Ritu Bhathal14.Donna Matthews  

Remember, when you add your post to Mr. Linky, it needs to be the address of your published post. The short link doesn’t work. I managed to find you through the ping-backs and corrected Mr. Linky.

Many heartfelt thanks to everyone who joined in. There were some great poems this week. YOU GUYS ARE

Check out Aphrodite Beamish’s shadorma. If there is anything we need more of, its humor.

I also enjoyed Kerfe Roig’s reverse nonet. Her art work was done on rice paper, which I think is spectacular. One of my favorite textures.

Merril D. Smith’s shadorma sequence is filled with the rich imagery of the first night of Hanukkah.

Jude’s crown cinquain showed great creativity by adding bits of prose between the cinquain stanzas. He says, “I write this so we may not judge all those who may not conform to society’s expectations of what life or love should be.

See you tomorrow for the new challenge!


Many thanks to everyone who joined in this week. There was so much fabulous poetry! Here’s everyone who joined in for the Poet’s Choice for Tanka Tuesday:

1.Padre 10.D. L. Finn 19.Marsha Ingrao 
2.Jude 11.willowdot21 20.Kat 
3.Reena Saxena 12.Gwen Plano 21.s. s. 
4.Trent McDonald 13.The Versesmith 22.Linda Lee Lyberg 
5.Ken Gierke / rivrvlogr 14.Goutam Dutta 23.M J Mallon 
6.Cheryl 15.anita dawes 24.theindieshe 
7.Dave Madden 16.Aphrodite Beamish 25.Kerfe Roig 
8.Ritu Bhathal 17.Ruth Scribbles 26.You’re next!
9.Jules 18.Donna Matthews   

Check out the DIFFERENT syllabic poetry FORMS:

Kerfe Roig wrote an Abhanga Poem, which is an Indian syllabic poetry form with syllable counts of 6, 6, 6, 4, and lines 2 and 3 rhyming.

Dave Madden wrote a Rispetto, an Italian form of poetry, consisting of eight lines. Not only do the lines follow a specific rhyming pattern—ababccdd—but each must consist of exactly eleven syllables. 

Jules wrote a Dodoitsu. This is a poem with 26 syllables: 7 in the first, second and third lines, and 5 in the last line. (7/7/7/5).

Remember, the first of the month’s challenge is where we try a new syllabic poetry form. The rest of the month we work with the forms on the poetry challenge cheat sheet.

The first two or three weeks in January 2021, I’ll be moving. I have no idea how quickly I’ll get Wi-Fi hooked up in order to host the challenge. I’ll be up and running as soon as possible. Would anyone like to host the challenge in my absence?

In the meantime, drop me a line in the comments and let me know what you like, or don’t like in the challenges. I’d like to introduce some syllabic poetry forms with rhyming schemes next year. I’ll teach you through a few posts about rhyming schemes and how to use them so they will be easy to incorporate into new forms.

I also want to know what you are looking for in a poetry challenge. I want to grow the challenge and the audience. Tell me what you think.

See you tomorrow for Tanka Tuesday!


Our theme prompt for this week came from Sue Vincent. She selected one of her own haiku for us to use as inspiration for our own syllabic poetry:

clouds cover the moon, 
beyond dawn's pale horizon 
sun rises unseen  

©2020 Sue Vincent

I love using another piece of poetry as inspiration. Our perceptions are all different and there were many ways you could look at the poem. Congratulations everyone. You all did a fabulous job!

1.Reena Saxena7.Bella13.Sue Vincent
2.Padre8.My Forever. blog14.kittysverses
3.Trent McDonald9.anita dawes15.Jude
4.Jules10.Anne Davis16.Colleen Chesebro
5.Dave Madden11.Donna Matthews17.M J Mallon
6.Ritu Bhathal12.theindieshe18.Kerfe Roig

This week Padre’s poetry caught my attention. He chose the line from Sue’s haiku: “sun rises unseen” as his prompt.  He created a double mirrored cinquain (two mirrored cinquains).

A mirror cinquain comprises two five-line stanzas consisting of a Crapsey cinquain (five-line, non-rhyming poem featuring a syllable structure of 2/4/6/8/2) followed by a reverse cinquain (syllabic pattern of two, eight, six, four, two).

Congratulations, Padre! You get to select the theme for next month’s #theme challenge. Please email me at tankatuesdaypoetry@gmail.com with your idea. Thank you.

Halloween, Tree, Silhouette, Moon, Fog, Bats, Creepy

“Night Dwellers,” Double Mirrored Cinquain

Night time 
The darkest realm
The nocturnal dwellers
Scarcely aware of the coming

A place by night dwellers eschewed
They prepare for their sleep
In the dawn hour’s

Night time
The darkest realm
The nocturnal dwellers
Unaware of the coming sun
Spread wings

Is the bright times of the daylight
For they in darkness rest
At the sunrise
They sleep

©2020 Padre

source: https://padresramblings.wordpress.com/2020/11/24/night-dwellers/

See you for the new challenge tomorrow!


Diana Peach’s selection for our Ekphrastic PhotoPrompt is an image by John Bauer, whose artwork is concerned with landscape and mythology. There is so much emotion in this one piece. It spoke to all of us.

Many congratulations to everyone who joined in!

1.Reena Saxena8.D. L. Finn15.Vashti Quiroz- Vega
2.Trent McDonald9.s. s.16.H. R.R. Gorman
3.My Forever. blog10.anita dawes17.M J Mallon
4.willowdot2111.Dolores18.Kerfe Roig
6.Dorinda Duclos13.Jude20.Colleen Chesebro
7.D. Wallace Peach14.Goutam Dutta  

Please check out everyone’s poetry. There is something here for everyone. Read: Jude, Kerfe, and Diana’s poetry for that little something extra. Read MJ Mallon’s poem and take a trip on the dark side!

This week I selected Dolores from Ada’s Poetry. I enjoyed her senryu and tanka, all inspired by the above image.

Congratulations, Dolores, it’s your turn to pick challenge name for next month’s challenge. Please Email me your choice at tankatuesdaypoetry@gmail.com before next month’s challenge.

in the deep pool a woman
becomes a child

enchanted weald
the tree nymph
become a real girl
love given to false-hearted 
doomed to sorrow and pain
woodland brook
dryad plays shelters
lost faun

©2020 Ada's Poetry

source: https://adaspoetryalcove2.wordpress.com/2020/11/19/tanka-tuesday-ekphrastic-photoprompt/


Each week our challenge has a twist and this week it was to find synonyms for the words: “imagine & gratitude.” Kat Myrman selected some fine words. Congratulations to all the poets who participated. You are all stars!

Here’s everyone that joined in:

1.Padre 7.Dave Madden 13.Kerfe Roig 
2.Trent 8.Cheryl 14.Donna Matthews 
3.willowdot21 9.Goutam Dutta 15.M J Mallon 
4.Jules 10.anita dawes 16.Linda Lee Lyberg 
5.Kat 11.Elizabeth Adams 17.Pat R 
6.Larry Trasciatti 12.s. s. 18.

Shadorma poems seem to dominate the stage this week. There were so many great poems. I could barely choose just one poem.

Ultimately, I went with Kerfe Roig‘s shadorma, “VETERANS DAY NYC 2020” There was a poignancy there not only for Veteran’s Day, but for the whole of 2020. Kerfe’s word, “ghost-boots” lends imagery to her words. I could hear the ghostly clicking of heels marching down the street in formation. This shadorma really touched my heart.

Congratulations, Kerfe, it’s your turn to pick the synonyms for next month’s challenge. Please Email me your choice at tankatuesdaypoetry@gmail.com before next month’s challenge.


salutes spaced
between vehicles–
ghost-boots march
in formation—echos caught
in mind’s eye–the tears

©2020 Kerfe Roig

Kerfe adds:

“As with seemingly every celebration in 2020, the Veteran’s Day parade today here in NYC was largely symbolic–”a caravan of 100 vehicles with no spectators”–a shadow of the usual ceremony of 20-30,000 participants.”

source: https://kblog.blog/2020/11/11/veterans-day-nyc-2020/

See you tomorrow for the new challenge!


What an exciting week it has been. The American election process is almost over, and we have a President Elect Biden, and the first WOMAN Vice President Elect, Kamala Harris! I’m proud to be an American, again.

My news pales in comparison. The gypsy’s are on the move once again. After an interesting series of events, we’ve put our house up for sale and are moving to Michigan. I grew up in Wisconsin, so for me this will be like going home. The real estate market is hot here in Arizona and in Michigan. It just made little sense to wait until spring and maybe miss out on the interest rates. We have several friends in Michigan, so it will be fun to know some folks for a change. As usual with us, things move fast. I’ll keep you all in the loop. It will be interesting driving cross-country with kitty-girl, Freyja. ❤

Congratulations to all the Tanka Tuesday Poetry Stars from this week:

1.Kim9.D. L. Finn17.Sue Vincent
2.Trent McDonald10.Reena Saxena18.Linda Lee Lyberg
3.Padre11.Gwen Plano19.Ken Gierke / rivrvlogr
4.Jules12.willowdot2120.Kerfe Roig
5.Dave Madden13.Donna Matthews21.kat
6.Cheryl14.Annette Rochelle Aben22.
7.My Forever. blog15.Goutam Dutta  
8.s. s.16.anita dawes  

See you tomorrow for the new challenge!