#TANKA TUESDAY #POETRY CHALLENGE NO. 216 #SYNONYMSONLY

WELCOME TO TANKA TUESDAY!

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This week, SALLY CRONIN selected the words:

Eager & Hope

Remember… You must use synonyms for these two words in your poem, don’t use the words themselves. Check your poetry forms… Japanese poetry has rules. Review the cheat sheet below. ❤

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

View Cheatsheet

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.

writerlywords.com

Find out how many syllables each word has.

howmanysyllables.com

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

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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 syllabic poetry!


#TANKA TUESDAY Weekly #POETRY CHALLENGE NO. 209, Last challenge of 2020

WELCOME TO TANKA TUESDAY!

For the LAST poetry challenge of 2020, I want you to write a poem about hope, using your favorite poetry form (it doesn’t have to be syllabic). Please make these poems inspirational to others.

No negativity and No politics! We’ve all had enough politics to last us another lifetime.

After you’ve written your poem, tell us why the specific form you chose is your favorite. Why does that form resonate with you? If it’s a new form, teach us how to write that specific form.

I’ll stop by and comment throughout the week as time allows. There will be NO recap post on Monday, January 4, 2021. Make sure and visit the other participant’s post through Mr. Linky or from the ping-backs on the challenge post.

Tanka Tuesday will resume on January 18, 2021.

Please sign up below for our weekly newsletter to stay in touch. I’ll see you all in Michigan! (Be aware that my time zone will change. In Michigan, I’ll be posting on Eastern Standard Time).

THE RULES

  • Write a poem about hope, using whatever form you wish. 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.
  • 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.

Find your poetry writing happy place!

By clicking submit, you agree to share your email address with Word Craft ~ Prose & Poetry to receive a weekly blog recap of posts. It’s the best way to never miss another poetry challenge post again! Use the unsubscribe link in those emails to opt-out.

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Now, have fun and write some poetry!


“Stone Ghosts” – A #ButterflyCinquain

Image by JamesDeMers from Pixabay

“Stone Ghosts”

stone ghosts
the false idols
of a treasonous past
dedicated to slavery
hateful
tokens of white supremacy
the darkness of death waits
Patriarchy
shattered

©2020 Colleen M. Chesebro

Today, I heard the phrase, “stone ghosts” and felt compelled to put pen to paper (or fingers to the keyboard). The name resonated and touched a chord deep within my soul.

We’re at the pinnacle of a great change. I feel the ripples of hope flowing like waves across the land. Taste the salt of your tears, for the stone ghosts are falling. This American carnage will be defeated.

So Mote it be!

Silver’s Weekly #Tanka #Poetry Prompt Challenge #3 Hope & Wait

Happy Tuesday everyone! Welcome to the TANKA CAFÉ. Are you ready to get your poetry groove on? Then, you’re in the right place! Pull up a chair, order some coffee or tea and let’s write some TANKA poetry.

Here are some great sites that will help you write your Tanka.

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 for all of my Haiku and Tanka poems. Click on the “Poetry Workshop” tab to create your Tanka. Here are the rules for the Tanka form: howmanysyllables.com

Poets.org gives the definition and the rules for the writing of a Tanka. Please note the following from the site:

“In many ways, the tanka resembles the sonnet, certainly in terms of treatment of the subject. Like the sonnet, the tanka employs a turn, known as a pivotal image, which marks the transition from the examination of an image to the examination of the personal response. This turn is located within the third line, connecting thekami-no-ku, or upper poem, with the shimo-no-ku, or lower poem.”

Writing a Tanka is like writing a Haiku (5/7/5) and adding two more lines. See how much more of a “visual image” you get in your mind’s eye?

My example:

Did you recognize the pivot in the third line? We start talking about my solitude, and then we switch to talking about the leaves of red and gold. The words are all connected and are talking about my response to autumn. It is important to try to join your feelings into your Tanka.

Visit Jean Emrich at tankaonline.com. She gives excellent instructions on how to join your feelings into this poetry form.

I will publish the Tanka Tuesday prompt at 12: 03 A.M. Mountain Standard Time (Denver
time). That should give everyone time to see the prompt from around the world.

How Long Do You Have and Your Deadline: You have a week to complete the Challenge with a deadline of Monday at 12:00 P.M (noon). This will give me a chance to add the links from everyone’s Tanka post from the previous week, on the new prompt I send out on Tuesday. I urge everyone to visit the blogs and comment on everyone’s Tanka poem.

The rules are simple.

I will give you two words that you need to use (in some form) in the writing of your Tanka.

The two words can be used in any way you would like to use them. Words have different definitions and you can use the definitions you like. Feel free to use synonyms for the words.

To do a Ping Back: Copy the URL (the HTTP:// address of my post) for the current week’s Challenge and paste it into your post. You may also place a copy of your URL of your Tanka Post in the comments of the current week’s Challenge post.

People from the challenge may visit you and comment or click like. I also need at least a Ping Back or a link in the comments section to know you participated and to include you in the Weekly Review section of the new prompt on Tuesday.

BE CREATIVE. Use your own photos and create “Visual Tankas” if you wish, although it is not necessary. You can use FotoflexerPicmonkey, or Canva.com, or any other program that you wish to make your own images. Click the links to go to the programs.

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

You may copy the badge I have created to go with the Tanka Tuesday Challenge Post and place it in your own post:

HERE’S WHO JOINED US LAST WEEK FOR OUR 2nd  CHALLENGE USING THE WORDS – MAGIC & GLITTER:

Resurrected Heart | The Poetry Channel

Silver’s Weekly #Tanka #Poetry Prompt Challenge #2 Magic & Glitter | Annette Rochelle Aben

Magic & Glitter | thoughts and entanglements

Silver’s Weekly #Tanka #Poetry Prompt Challenge #2 Magic & Glitter – ladyleemanila

Tanka – Magic/Glitter | Mother Willow

magic greets the eye | rivrvlogr

Blinding rhetoric – Ontheland

Tanka | Potholes in the Road of Life

Tanka 2 for Today | Potholes in the Road of Life

Sunrise – Leara writes and other creative things…

Starry Sky – My words, My life

Sunrise – Leara Writes & Takes Pics

Nature – Naa Prapancham, My World

Silver’s Weekly #Tanka #Poetry Prompt Challenge #2 Magic & Glitter – Two on a Rant

Green Fairy | Lemon Shark Reef

Your Tanka poems made me smile with joy! You guys are the best! Thanks for sharing the beauty of your words.

Are you ready to write a Tanka?

Here are our two words for this week’s challenge: HOPE & WAIT (any forms of the words)

For hope, I used aspiration

For wait, I used waiting

“My Dream”

An aspiration –

A dream of ink on paper,

Words swirl in my head

Stories begging to be told,

Books waiting to be written.

by
Colleen Chesebro

Come on… I know you want to do it. Share your Tanka poem with us! Don’t forget to link to this post. See you next week!

PROOF! The 1917 Fairy Photos

In my journey reading through fairy and nymph research for my book, The Heart Stone Chronicles – The Swamp Fairy, I discovered a fascinating story about a couple of young cousins, Elsie Wright (1900-88) and Frances Griffiths (1907-86) who lived in Cottingley, Yorkshire, England. All five photos are from an article on Wikipedia.

In 1917, these two young women shocked the world with photos of fairies they took using their father’s camera. The media were in an uproar over the photos and at the time, spiritualist and writer, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle even used them to illustrate an article he wrote about fairies. It had to be true if the author of Sherlock Holmes believed it, right?

Public reaction to the photos was always mixed. Some people believed the photos were real while others thought they were faked. At the beginning of the 1980’s both Elsie and Frances admitted they had faked the photos. However, Frances said that the fifth and final photograph was the real deal.

Here are the five photos. I found it interesting that if the girls did fake the images they were excellent artists. One article I read said the girls used hat pins to balance the cutouts in their photos so they would not topple over.

The first of the five photographs, taken by Elsie Wright in 1917, shows Frances Griffiths with the alleged fairies.

The second of the five photographs, showing Elsie with a winged gnome.

Frances and the Leaping Fairy, the third photograph.

The fourth photograph, Fairy Offering Posy of Harebells to Elsie.


Fairies and Their Sun-Bath, the fifth and last photograph of the Cottingley Fairies

The key to discovering that the first four images are not real can be found in the first photograph. In the left-hand corner is a waterfall. The photos were taken with a camera that did not have high speeds like they do today. It took about 10 seconds to snap that photograph. That is why the waterfall is blurred. If you apply the same logic to the fairies then, we should not be able to see their wings as they would be beating rapidly. Their wings should be blurred.

The fifth photograph is the one that seems authentic to me. The fairy figures have a mystical almost transparent look to them. The tiny flowers in the image seem to be in scale in relation to the fairy figures. The irony of the whole situation is that the girls faked the first four photos and then possibly stumbled upon the real thing by accident. Who would believe them?

You must remember that in the 1920’s photographs were still a relatively new advancement in culture. People believed what they saw in photos. By the 1980’s people became much more questioning and cynical. Here is a video where Frances’ daughter appeared on the BBC’s Antiques Road Show. This is a keen look into the dynamics of the photos.

I think that is why fairy lore beckons to us. We all want so badly to believe in the magic and wonder as seen through the eyes of a child again. The fairy tale takes us on a journey to “happily ever after,” a place that does not exist for many people in real life. The battle of good vs. evil, with good triumphing, in the end, makes us feel hope that our circumstances are only temporary. Hope is a powerful mechanism in believing in positive outcomes in our lives. Hope allows us to keep moving forward in life.

Always remember. Magic appears when you least expect it!

I believe in fairies, do you?

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Melting point – #WQWWC

Sue shows us TRUE HOPE. Please read this excellent poem and learn about Nick’s story. He is a shining beacon of hope to us all!! ❤

Sue Vincent's Daily Echo

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It was already hot, only dawn and I’m melting

The sun in the heavens is already pelting

I want to crawl into the fridge to keep cool

I am staying indoors, I am nobody’s fool.

*

But in that I am wrong, for I do have a duty…

My son is my boss though, in that there is beauty.

He will understand that I’m achy and hot

He is bound to be gentle with Mum, is he not?

*

He’s all bright and smiley, he likes the hot weather,

I’m wilting and limp, but I keep it together…

“Let’s garden today,” said my son and employer.

Is that in my contract…perhaps get a lawyer?

*

He feeds me with honey for energy levels

Then says something nice, he’s a sneaky young devil

He plies me with compliments, even says ‘please’…

Then I’m out with the rose bushes, spiders and bees.

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#WQWWC – Writers Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge – “Hope”

Happy Hump Day! We’re almost to the end of the week! WHEW!

It’s time to get your quote selected. Get your creativity groove revved up so you can come up with a creative story, poem, or whatever else you would like to share about your quote. Remember, we have a week, so there is no great hurry! Take your time and just have fun!

Ronovan is in charge this week and he chose the theme of “HOPE”


Image credit:
lovequotesmessages.com

Please make sure to link to Ronovan’s post HERE. He also explains how to follow the challenge and gives us a link-back to last week’s post so you can see how creative everyone else was. In addition, Ronovan and I share your posts on social media for added exposure! Thanks for joining us.

I hope you will find the time to visit the blogs who participated last week for the theme of Memories. This is a great way to meet some new bloggers and to read some amazing writing!

Here’s who joined us last week for our theme of “MEMORIES” – Cue the music J

Lady Lee Manila

Morpeth Road

Haddon Musings

Judy E. Martin

Always a Writer

Annette Rochelle Aben

Method Two Madness

Magnanimous Word

L. C. W. Allingham

Postcard from a Pigeon

Thoughts and Entanglements

Zen & Pi

Imaniking Blog

Soul Gifts – Telling Tales

Ramblings of a Writer

Meanings & Musings

Chasing Life & Finding Dreams

~*~


Image credit: Quotesideas.com

The Questions of Life

How do you know the choices you make are correct for that exact moment in time?

How do you know which path to choose?

Should I go right, or should I turn left?

What if the path that leads forward is the one less traveled?

How do you know what is right for you?

How do you choose?

H O P E

Hope springs eternal and points the way –

It is always the brightest star in the sky,

A light that guides us on our path.

Hope is courage,

Hope is conviction,

Hope is faith,

So dream big and live large –

The universe is waiting for YOU!

~*~

Somehow, in these turbulent times, spreading a message of hope is the most uplifting thing we can do. There is so much hate and discord. It seems like we all have to be the same, think the same, believe in the same things… what happened to being individuals?

No matter what your personal belief system is, we should all respect each other’s opinions and strive to make things better for us all. Not, just a few, but all of us.

We are one race – the human race.

Hugs to you all! ❤ Remember, miracles happen every day!

RonovanWrites #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #79 Crystal & Hope

Welcome to this week’s Haiku sponsored by Ron, from Ronovan Writes. The challenge words this week are “crystal and hope.”

I am really excited to share that on Saturday, I will meet my first blogging buddy in person! Wendy Darling and I are both living in Colorado only 100 miles apart! Isn’t that amazing? It just seems fitting that I would dedicate this haiku to our first meeting!

Wendy is an author, illustrator, and a narrator! Her debut novel was published in 2014 and is called Silver Lightning. (Click the link to see her book on Amazon).

Here is a bit about Wendy:

Wendy Anne Darling was born in England, spent her high school years in South Africa, and moved the U.S. in 1989. She describes her accent as ‘mid-Atlantic’; her friends in the U.S. think she sounds British and her family in England say she’s totally American now! Wendy has two gorgeous daughters and two phenomenal grand-kids and lives near Boulder, Colorado with a view of the Rocky Mountains that inspires her every day.

Wendy’s love affair with books started early; her grandmother would bring her piles of slightly imperfect books, courtesy of her job with the Oxford University Press, and her love of reading led her to write her own stories and poetry from a very young age. She has read the entire The Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit aloud twice; once to her sisters and again for her daughters and does a mean Gollum!

Wendy is a writer, a narrator of Amazon Audible audio books, and an artist. She has degrees in Visual Communications and Paralegal Studies, studied Theater for a while at CU-Boulder and has acted in several plays, including ‘A Taste of Shakespeare.’ When she’s not reading, writing or drawing, she’s watching anything Sci-Fi and is a huge fan of Doctor Who. Silver Lightning is her debut into publishing, and the cover is her own artwork.

I am calling this haiku, “First Meeting.” Here is how I used the two words: Crystal = gem, and Hope = expectation.

An expectation –

meeting a friend the first time,

I know she’s a gem!

Thanks for stopping by! Wendy and I will take pictures and share our visit with you all next week!

Peace Through Kindness

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Each month, I ask myself, “How do I promote peace?”

The topic of “world peace” seems so broad and intimidating.  It really does not have to be unless we let it seem so daunting that we are unable to grasp its true meaning.  Do not look at the broad picture only.  Keep carving the meaning of peace down until you have something that you can hold on to that helps you define what peace truly means to you.

This month, I want to promote peace through the kindness of ourselves and how we act toward other people.  Kindness in words is a big deal to me.  You can destroy a person with only a few words.  We in the WordPress blogging community are actually quite kind to each other, offering inspiration, hope, and a sense of caring.  Great.

Now, how do you treat the members of your family?

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In my opinion, peace in a family is attainable by recognizing that each person brings something unique to the family unit.  We are not all alike by any means.  Just because our genes are shared within a family does not mean that we are all the same.  Our differences make us human and loveable.  When judgments or perceptions against each other are shelved and forgotten, that is when peace silently slips into your home.  You do not even notice until you sense the quiet.

Be Kind

Peace obtained through kindness is an easy task.  Say, “please,” and “thank you,” to each other.  Mind your snarky/funny comments by keeping them in perspective so that you do not do more harm than good to your family members.  Take responsibility for your actions and do not blame others for your own mistakes.

Create peace in your family by loving each other – flaws and all.  Be willing to change.  That is the key.

Thanks for stopping by today.  I enjoyed our chat,

Silver Threading

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