#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
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


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


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


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!

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
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. ❤


“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
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!

Colleen’s Weekly #Poetry Challenge No. 52 ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL #Haiku #Tanka #Haibun: “SPIRIT & JOY”

Happy POETRY Tuesday everyone! Are you ready to get groovy with your poetry? Then, you’re in the right place!

Do you know what today is? It’s our Anniversary!


We’ve been writing Haiku, Tanka, and Haibun for one year now!

After you write today’s poem, you will have written 52 poems. That’s enough to fill a book of poetry!


Happy New Poetry Year!

Next week, we will have some new poetry forms to explore and try.

I would like to recognize all of you fine poets for participating each week, come rain or shine. There’s something to be said for your loyalty. I have learned and grew in my own writing because of all of you. In fact, it’s been GREAT fun learning together!

Thank You!

Image Credit: slideshare.net

I’ve been participating in the Carrot Ranch Literary Community Weekly Flash Fiction Challenge. It occurred to me that writing flash fiction was akin to writing Haiku. Each piece is abbreviated in style, yet must carry a powerful punch to make it a cohesive story. With that being said, I would like to invite you all to spread your wings. Carrot Ranch is hosting an exciting writing challenge during the month of October… and there are prizes!!

Click HERE to read about the Flash Fiction Rodeo!

For Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge you can write your poem in one of the three forms defined below:

HAIKU in English

TANKA in English


You can do one poem or try to do one of each. It’s up to you – YOUR CHOICE. The instructions follow below:


Are you new to writing the Haiku in English poetry form? Please read my page,  How to Write a Haiku in English.


Here is how I suggest writing the Tanka poetry form in English. Please read my page, How to Write a Tanka in English.


NatureWriting.com shares how to write a Haibun poem. Please follow the rules carefully.

Writing Haibun

“The rules for constructing a haibun are simple.

  • Every haibun must begin with a title.
  • Haibun prose is composed of terse, descriptive paragraphs, written in the first person singular.
  • The text unfolds in the present moment, as though the experience is occurring now rather than yesterday or some time ago. In keeping with the simplicity of the accompanying haiku or tanka poem, all excessive words should be pared down or deleted. Nothing must ever be overstated.
  • The poetry never attempts to repeat, quote or explain the prose.
  • Instead, the poetry reflects some aspect of the prose by introducing a different step in the narrative through a microburst of detail.
  • Thus, the poetry is a sort of juxtaposition – seemingly different yet somehow connected.

It is the discovery of this link between the prose and the poetry that offers one of the great delights of the haibun form. The subtle twist provided by an elegantly envisaged link, adds much pleasure to our reading and listening.

Some Common Forms of Modern Haibun

  1. The basic unit of composition– one paragraph and one poem

We guide our canoe along the shores of beautiful Lake Esquagama. It is nine o’clock at night on this evening of the summer solstice. As the sun begins to dim the lake becomes still as glass. Along the shore, forests of birch are reflected in its mirrored surface, their ghostly white trunks disappearing into a green canopy. The only sound is a splash when our bow slices the water. We stop to rest the paddles across our knees, enjoying the peace. Small droplets from our wet blades create ever-widening circular pools. Moving on, closer to the fading shore, we savour these moments.

as a feather
on the breeze
the distant call
of a loon

  1. The prose envelope – prose, then poem, then prose

Echoes of Autumn
I walk quietly in the late afternoon chill, birdsong silent, foliage deepened into shade, a rim of orange over darkening hills.

through soft mist
the repeated call
of one crow

Reaching the gate then crossing the threshold I breathe the scent of slow-cooking, the last embers of a fire, red wine poured into gleaming crystal, the table – set for two …

  1. Poem then prose

(Rather than begin with a single tanka, I wrote a tanka set or sequence, followed by the prose. In contemporary haibun writing, the poems are occasionally presented in couplets or in longer groups).

The Road to Longreach
the coastal fringe
of green and blue
behind the gateway
to the outback

wheat, sorghum
and cotton stubble
in the autumn sun
as hawks patrol above

faces to the sky
the last blaze of colour
in the dryland’s
barren outlook

brown soil
of the rural strip
surrenders to
brick red, burnt ochre
of the open range

and further out –
in orange dust
a single cornstalk
displays its tassel

Days pass as we move through the desolate landscape, carved into two parts by the road we travel on, a continual ribbon drawing us straight ahead into its vanishing point, where only spinifex grass and saltbush lies between us and our destination.

  1. The verse envelope — poem, prose, then poem

Winter Magic
silver light
thick hoar-frost
covers the window

Ice shapes resembling small fir trees stretch across the glass, while delicate snow flowers sparkle around them. Lost in its beauty, I move through this crystal garden as my warm fingers trace up and down, leaving a smudged pathway.
Mother’s voice interrupts, “Susan, come away from that cold window and get dressed or the school bus will leave without you!”

burning hoop pine
scent of a warm kitchen
oatmeal with brown sugar

  1. Alternating prose and verse elements

The Sentinel
I climb round and round close to the outside wall, to avoid the railing where the stair treads narrow about their central post. A semi-circular platform rests high above. Its glass windows provide a sweeping view. Counting the last few steps, I finally reach the top of the Moreton Bay Lighthouse, where I gaze in awe at the ocean below.

the rising sun
an endless pathway
of molten gold

Outside the lighthouse, lamp is rotating. I disengage it as there is no need for its warning light. Now the bold red and white stripes of the lighthouse itself will become the beacon. I study the turbulence of the deep waters churning the rocky shore below. The subtle changes in the wind, waves, and tides are entered in my log book – these brief markers of the ever-transforming seascape that surrounds me.

ebb tide
a foot print shelters
one tiny crab”

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


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


Find out how many syllables each word has. I use this site for all my Haiku and Tanka poems. Click on the “Workshop” tab to create your Haiku or Tanka.


I will publish the Tuesday prompt post 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) Denver time, U. S. A. This will give me a chance to add the links from everyone’s poem 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 poem.

The rules are simple.

I will give you two words that you need to use (in some form) in the writing of your poetry. This will be a challenge in writing your Haibun poem. Follow the rules carefully.

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 when the poetry form calls for it.

LINK YOUR BLOG POST TO MINE WITH A PINGBACK. To do a Pingback: Copy the URL (the HTTPS:// 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 post in the comments of the current week’s Challenge post.

Because of the time difference between where you are, and I am, you might not think your link is there. I manually approve all links. People participating in the challenge may visit you and comment or “like” your post. I also need at least a Pingback or a link in the comments section to know you took part and to include you in the Weekly Review section of the new prompt on Tuesday.

BE CREATIVE. Use your photos and create “Visual POETRY” if you wish, although it is not necessary. Use whatever program you want to make your images.

As time allows, I will visit your blog, comment, and TWEET your POETRY

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

#Haiku, #Tanka, #micropoetry, #poetry, #5lines, #Haibun, #Prose



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

HERE’S WHO JOINED US LAST WEEK FOR OUR 51st POETRY CHALLENGE USING THE WORDS – GIFT & SONG: (Please make sure to visit the other participants. Remember, we learn from each other. <3)

Colleen’s Weekly #Poetry Challenge No. 51 #Haiku #Tanka #Haibun: GIFT & SONG – All About Writing and more

Colleen’s Weekly #Poetry Challenge No. 51 #Haiku: GIFT & SONG – Mick E Talbot Poems

Floating Songs – Reena Saxena

The Gift of Poetry – Inky Quill Blog

The Gift – #Tanka | Trent’s World (the Blog)

Colleen’s Weekly #Poetry Challenge No. 51 #Tanka: GIFT & SONG – Mick E Talbot Poems

Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Prompt Gift & Song | Annette Rochelle Aben

#Tanka Tuesday 9/19/17…my entry for Colleen’s #poetry #haiku #haibun #tanka – Frank J. Tassone

Colleen’s Weekly #Poetry Challenge Gift & Song – Edwina’s Episodes

Colleen’s Weekly #Poetry Challenge No. 51 #Haiku : GIFT & SONG | But I Smile Anyway…

Colleen’s Weekly #Poetry Challenge No. 51 #Haiku #Tanka #Haibun: GIFT & SONG | The Shower of Blessings

Colleen’s Weekly #Poetry Challenge No. 51 #Haiku #Tanka #Haibun: GIFT & SONG | willowdot21

The Larrikin – By Sarah

My Melody – Smell The Coffee

Gift and Song – Colleen’s weekly poetry challenge – Afterwards

“Acceptance,” A Haibun – The Fairy Whisperer – Colleen Chesebro

Life Music | like mercury colliding…

Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge 51 – The Bag Lady

Reverse | method two madness

Gift & Song | thoughts and entanglements

The Gift (Haiku) | Darkness of His Dreams

Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge 51 – Stuff & What if

The Gift of Song (Colleen’s Weekly #Poetry Challenge #51 – #Haibun) | The Wolfe’s (Writing) Den

A Gift – Storie Cantabile

SONG OF THE HEART | Sweet aroma

#Poetry Challenge – Gift and Song – Robbie’s inspiration

Colleen’s Weekly #Poetry Challenge No. 51 #Haiku #Tanka #Haibun: GIFT & SONG | M J Mallon Author

Dawn Chorus – A Haiku – In Emma World

#Tanka: Nightingale | Charmed Chaos

Tanka: Gift/Song – Willow Poetry


Don’t FORGET! If you are selected as my Poet of the Week, your poem will also be featured in my bi-monthly newsletter.

Sign-up HERE.

This week’s Poet of the Week is Kat, from her blog called Like Mercury Colliding… Her Haibun/Tanka/Haiku, named Life Music, was my favorite this week. Her prose tells the story of her humble beginnings as a songwriter which then leads into her Tanka and Haibun.

Life Music

By Kat Myrman

Kat Myrman – Late 1990’s – South Central Virginia

Life Music

Before fiction, flash, and poetry, before this blog, I wrote songs. Or maybe it’s more accurate to say, I heard songs in my head and had the good sense to write them down.

Pages and pages of rhyming words set to melodies filled my head; a gift from the universe, I had supposed, that sustained me during some of the hardest times of my life: poverty, domestic abuse, isolation. I was a troubadour then, performing for my supper, more often than not, in living rooms, nursing homes, hospital rooms and meeting halls.

I never truly considered them “my songs” because they seemed to come from somewhere outside of myself. In retrospect, I realize that they were every bit me. My hopes, my dreams, my longings, wrapped mellifluously in simplicity to help me express what I was feeling, how things were and how they could be.

I still make music, but somewhere along the way, I stopped singing the words. These days I hum, and that suits me just fine. The earth, the trees, the wind, the sea; they all hum. I’m content in knowing that I am in good company.

sometimes the words come
like an old friend, familiar,
they meant something once
more than a sweet melody
desire set to music

what a gift they were
those streams of consciousness
these days I just hum


© 2017 Kat Myrman

Here are the two words for this week’s challenge: SPIRIT & JOY

(any forms of the words and don’t forget to use synonyms)