TANKA TUESDAY POETRY CHALLENGE STARS | #Synonyms Only: “Eager & Hope”

Welcome to our weekly poetry stars celebration. This week’s challenge words were selected by Sally Cronin who chose the words, “eager & hope.” 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 we found synonyms for the two words and wrote our poetry.

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.Henry Chukwuma11.Tiffany21.Vashti Quiroz- Vega
2.Padre12.Cheryl22.anita dawes
3.Gwen Plano13.Jude23.Goutam Dutta
4.willowdot2114.s. s.24.Ritu Bhathal
5.theindieshe15.Pat25.Ruth Scribbles
6.Annette Rochelle Aben16.Heather26.Laura Eliza Haynes
7.Myforever Myrna Migala17.Donna Matthews27.M J Mallon
8.Tina Stewart Brakebill18.Erlyn Olivia28.Sally Cronin
9.D. L. Finn19.Selma29.D. Wallace Peach
10.Jules20.kittysverses30.Linda Lee Lyberg

First of all, I must congratulate all of you on the scope and magnitude of your poetry. Finding the right synonyms for the words, “eager and hope” certainly made your poems sing! Well done! As always, I like to highlight a few poems:

s.s. shared a haiku, called Waters Warming.

spring~ waters warming,
longing to float desires
on new paper boats

©2021 s.s.

What made the poem was the pivot, found in the last line, where she turns our attention to the imagery of new paper boats. This is what I call a hybrid haiku/senryu. We have the nature elements of the waters warming and a seasonal word: spring, like we use in a haiku. Yet, the poet adds a human response in the second line – “longing to float desires.” The entire haiku/senryu is really a metaphor for sexual desire and beginning a relationship anew. Metaphors make for great poetry!

Haiku are about nature, and senryu are written about human nature. Senryu can even be kind of raunchy and filled with sexual innuendo!

Selma, shared an impressive collection of poems called Eager & Hope.

Diana Peach shared a double ennead (99 syllable poetry I created for Carrot Ranch.com) that gives us a glimpse into her next book! This one is called The Sea Witch’s Bargain.

This week, I chose Jude to select the synonyms for next month. His haibun poem, Kissed by beauty. Between blessing and curse, is a tribute to the curse of beauty, or wanting to be seen as beautiful… when all his female character wanted was to be beautiful inside.

Jude writes his haibun prose as if it were freestyle poetry. I believe this works as well as writing sentences which is customary in a haibun poem. It’s creative and flows well with his haiku/senryu featured in bold print. I removed the images to concentrate on his words. Please visit his blog to get the full visual impact of this poem.

Remember haibun can be written as autobiographical prose, a travel journal, a slice of life, a memory, a dream, a character sketch, a place, an event, or an object. Focus on one or two elements. Haibun are really creative forms. Don’t be afraid to experiment.

The idea is to keep your prose simple, all excessive words should be pared down or deleted. Nothing should be overstated. The length can be brief with one or two sentences with a haiku, or longer prose with a haiku sandwiched between, to longer memoir works including many haiku, as Jude did below.

The haiku, or in this case, senryu should act as a comparison—different yet somehow connected to the prose, as it moves the story forward by taking the narrative in another direction.

Many beauties
No two alike
Yet none alone

Mirror Mirror on the wall
If you won’t tell me I’m beautiful
Then I’ll find someone who will.”

On the cusp of dawn
She creeps from a salacious night
Clothed in disillusionment
And shrouded in regret
All her life she’s been christened a beauty
Drunk on vanity
Intoxicated by the scent of desire
For even now, she craves to hear it
Even now, it still drags her from the thralls of misery
Addicted to the silver-tongued promises that whisper;
‘Fairest of them all’

Queen of night Orchid
Only when the full moon beams
Does your flower bloom

She wields elegance with exquisite poise
Picturesque in grace and humility
Adorned in timeless splendor
But her eyes are dolorous with longing
Her lips are brushed with the pains of conformity
And her hair is pinned by the restraints of tradition
She loves and despises her beauty
Wields it with nonchalance
Never choosing, yet always chosen
A heart turned to stone
And so, let all her lovers beware
For all hearts must bleed
As She has bled

Lilies of the vale
Siren scents of innocence
Poisoned with malice

In the spotlight of twilight
She sashays seduction
And flounces artistry
The belle of the ball
The peach of a gaze
A pipe dream to swooning eyes
And yet loneliness still dogs her
And love still evades her
For settling is not in her fabric
And many do not understand
That the beauty she craves,
Is the beauty within

Lush vermilion rose
A spectrum of gorgeous hues
What is your true shade?

She is blessed with divine beauty
In rags or riches, she still enchants
All who look upon her, love her
But she does not know how beautiful she is
How much passion she incites
And how duplicitous this world can be
For her amorous heart
Never sees the bad
But only the good
A blessing
And a curse

Bright yellow daisy
In a meadow of happiness
Whilst dark clouds hover

Beauty
Sweet, sour, and everything between
For just like love and hate
The line between blessing and curse,
Is so very thin

© judeitakali

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

See you tomorrow for a new weekly challenge!

Tanka Tuesday WEEKLY POETRY CHALLENGE STARS | #SyllablesOnly & #PhotoPrompt: Kat Myrman @likemercurycolliding & Diana Peach @Dwallacepeach

What an exciting week it has been. Thanks to everyone who put up with the switching of domain names between Word Craft Prose & Poetry and my author blog. I’m still working out the kinks… so please bear with me. If you see something wonky on my blog, please let me know. I appreciate you all! ~Colleen~

We combined challenges this week and I loved how you all picked up the themes and went with them. You’re such stars! Trent’s photo got us in the mood with a spectacular autumn scene. David Ellis’ words: “move and make” gave some some great synonyms to work with. Many thanks to you both!

Congratulations to all the poetry STARS who joined in this week!

1.Padre8.Dolores15.Linda Lee Lyberg
2.Trent McDonald9.Dolores16.Vashti Quiroz- Vega
3.Kat10.Dolores17.Pat
4.willowdot2111.kittysverses18.Kerfe Roig
5.Cheryl12.s. s.19.D. Wallace Peach
6.Jude13.Myforever. blog20.You’re next!
7.anita dawes14.Jules  

This week, for the #SyllablesOnly challenge, I selected Kat Myrman’s tanka prose, called “Just Breathe,” inspired by the photo by Trent McDonald and the prompt words Move (drift) and Make (forming) from David Ellis. This is such an excellent example of the divergence between forms. You have the prose portion that bears Kat’s thoughts and feelings. I bet most of us feel this way right now.

Notice how her tanka poem describes the beauty in the photo. Contrast that with her prose. This is what a juxtaposition is… Two separate thoughts that converge in one cohesive message. The link between the two is the phrase “just breathe…” something we all need to do for the next couple of months. ❤

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“just breathe”

I keep forgetting to breathe. The fear of dreadful unknowns fills my head. Though, not entirely unknown, having been ravaged by hate, unmanaged pandemics, misogyny, injustice, racism, bigotry, and a planet on fire for these last few horrible years, I am certain another four years of the same insanity would surely undo all that we hold decent and righteous and good. All of this hinging on a simple checkmark in a box, and on the outcome of a fragile, broken system. Not breathing seems a reasonable thing to do in times like these, though not very wise…

autumn’s reflection

ruddy treetops on blue glass

where swans drift slowly

barely forming waves, the air

still, cool as it fills my burning lungs

©2020 kat

The next poem I selected for the #PhotoPrompt challenge belongs to Diana Peach. Her creative double nonet also reflects the emotions of our current world! Notice how she flipped Trent’s photo! Now… how creative is that? Her poem reflects the topsy-turvy world of American politics, covid, and the general unrest we’re all sensing.

Trent’s photo upside down
A Beholder’s Eye

a beholder’s eye mirrors the mind
blind to the bafflement of lies
where seeing’s not believing
a world turned upside down
in clever madness
leading white swans
to slaughter
plucked of
heart
yet
wisdom
shall surface
for truth is love
unfurled on bright wings
beyond proud illusions
swans glide on tranquil waters
holding unguarded the others’
beloved reflections face to face

©2020 Diana Peach

Congratulations, Kat Myrman, it’s your turn to pick the syllables for next month’s #SyllablesOnly challenge. Please Email me your choice at tankatuesdaypoetry@gmail.com before next month’s challenge.

And… Congratulations, Diana Peach, it’s your turn to pick a photo for the #PhotoPrompt challenge for next month. Please Email me your choice at tankatuesdaypoetry@gmail.com before next month’s challenge.

See you tomorrow for a special celebration challenge!

Ritual #Tanka Tuesday | Myths of the Mirror

Source: Ritual #Tanka Tuesday

I’m sharing Diana Peach’s Crown Cinquain as part of this week’s Poetry Challenge Stars. This is amazing work. Notice how the stanzas flow from one to another telling the story of the image. ~Colleen~

Image ©2019 Willow Willers

Ritual

mehndi
love painted hands
palms offering the world
the beauty of hearts awakened
sacred

umber
scented color
my bridal ritual
bless me with joyful abundance
wisdom

sweet love
enchant my skin
butterflies transform me
lotus stirs my soul to flower
freedom

water
ripples of change
sunbirds carry my prayers
on gossamer dragonfly wings
reborn

guide me
auspicious art
drawn in ancient symbols
even the gods and goddesses
adorned

**

My first crown cinquain ever.
Written in response to Colleen Chesebro’s #Tanka Tuesday challenge.

Diana Peach: Myths of the Mirror

Colleen’s 2019 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 145 #PhotoPrompt

WELCOME TO TANKA TUESDAY!

Only two more weeks until Halloween!

Did you know that poetry books are all the rage right now? Have you ever heard of a poetry chapbook?

The Alliance of Independent Authors shares a fascinating article about self-publishing something called a chapbook (a U.K. term), which is a pamphlet here in the U. S. These chapbooks are only about 20 pages long. A full poetry collection is about 50 pages plus in length. Think of all the fun poetry you could write and publish.

Check out the TOP 100 FREE Poetry Anthologies on Amazon HERE

I also like the idea of short stories or flash fiction intermingled with poetry. Some of you who draw and create your own art could also incorporate your poetry with your own images. Do you realize there are 52 weeks in a year? If you took each of your weekly challenge poems and incorporated them into a book, you could publish a book each year! What other ideas do you have?

The article is worth a read if you are interested in publishing your poetry in a book form. Here is the link: https://selfpublishingadvice.org/poetry-chapbooks/

It’s the middle of the month challenge ~ time for a photo prompt!

This month we will use a photo prompt chosen by last month’s “Photo- Prompt” Poet of the Week ~ Diana Peach.

The image is from Pixabay, by Michael Seibt

Use the above photo as the inspiration for your poem. Ask yourself questions about what is portrayed in the image. What do you see? Be creative!

A couple months ago, Jane Dougherty and I came up with a fun idea. Whoever is chosen as the Photo-Prompt Poet of the Week will choose the photo for the next month’s photo-prompt challenge.

You can use Pixabay or any other creative commons photos – just give attribution to the photographer. If you would like to use your own photos, just let me know that. Please email the photo NLT 3 days before the next month’s photo challenge.

PLEASE support the other poets by visiting their blogs and leaving comments. Sharing each other’s work on social media is always nice too.

This challenge is for Haiku, Senryu, Haiga, Tanka, Haibun, Etheree, Nonet, Shadorma, and Cinquain poetry forms. Freestyle rhyming poetry is not part of this challenge. Thank you. ❤

For Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge, you can write your poem in one of the forms defined below. Click on the links to learn about each form:

HAIKU IN ENGLISH 

SENRYU IN ENGLISH

HAIGA

TANKA IN ENGLISH 

HAIBUN IN ENGLISH 

CINQUAIN & the variations on Cinquain-Wikipedia 

ETHEREE

NONET

SHADORMA

Here are some great 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.

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THE RULES

I will publish the Tuesday prompt post at 12: 03 A.M. Mountain Standard Time (Phoenix, AZ Time).  That should give everyone time to see the prompt from around the world. I publish the RECAP on Monday. It will contain the Poet of the Week and any Honorable Mention poetry.

You have one week to complete the Challenge with a deadline of Sunday, at 12:00 P.M. (Noon) Mountain Standard time – Phoenix, AZ, U. S. A.

The rules are simple…

Don't forget

As time allows, I will visit your blog, comment, and TWEET your POETRY. I have also been sharing some of your poetry on my Facebook Author Page.

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

#Haiku, #Senryu, #Haiga, #Tanka, #micropoetry, #poetry, #5lines, #Haibun, #Prose, #CinquainPoetry, #Etheree, #Nonet, #Shadorma #PhotoPromptPoetry

You may copy the badge I have created to go with the Weekly Poetry Challenge Post and place it in your post. It’s not mandatory:

Have fun and write some poetry!