TankaTuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 285, 8/18/22 #Ekphrastic #PhotoPrompt

WELCOME TO TANKA TUESDAY!

This challenge explores Ekphrastic poetry, inspired by visual art or photographs. Reena provided a piece of her artwork for this month’s challenge. There’s plenty of imagery in her art, and it’s a great inspiration to write your poem. Remember what you’ve learned about the psychology of color in your poetry.

Write your poem using a syllabic form from the cheat sheet or from the poetscollective.org/poetryforms. Here is more information on how to write an Ekphrastic poem: How Do You Write an Ekphrastic Poem.

“Ekphrastic poems exist to respond to a piece of art critically, analytically, and reverentially.”

Ekphrastic poetry explained

On the Monday before the next challenge, I will select a poem from this week’s challenge to feature on the Monday recap. That poet will then choose the piece of artwork or a photograph (credits included) for next month’s challenge! Email your selection to me at tankatuesdaypoetry@gmail.com, a week before the challenge. Thank you.


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

How Many Syllables

A simple yet 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. (Be careful, sometimes this site is off in the count. Double check your syllables. SodaCoffee.com/syllables shows a 404 page).

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.

THE RULES

  • Write your choice of a syllabic poem from the cheat sheet or from the poetscollective.org/poetryforms.
  • 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:

Upcoming #TankaTuesday Prompt Poets

 💜 September Specific Form: Jules 

💚 July Photo Prompt: Willow

💛 July Theme Prompt: Harmony

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


#TankaTuesday #Poetry Stars No. 283 | #TastetheRainbow, Chakra Color Poetry

Welcome to our weekly poetry stars’ celebration. This week’s challenge was to write our choice of syllabic poem, using a chakra color. We could use a form from the cheat sheet or a syllabic form from the Poetscollective.org.

Many thanks to everyone who joined in below:

1.Sylvia Cognac7.Gwen Plano13.Colleen Chesebro
2.ben Alexander8.Cheryl14.Pat
3.Balroop Singh9.anitadawesauthor@ btinternet. com15.Annette Rochelle Aben
4.Harmony Kent10.Jules16.Reena
5.Eugenia11.Vashti Quiroz- Vega17. You’re next!
6.Laura McHarrie12.Ruth Klein  

Great job this week, poets! 🥳

I don’t know about anyone else, but I enjoyed the challenge of choosing a chakra color to write about. When you use color in your poetry, it helps others connect emotionally to your poem.

When we employ the psychology of color, our symbolism deepens in meaning. For example, I used the color blue, which can also allude to one being sad or morose. However, when we employ the chakra color theory to our symbolism, we learn the color blue is associated with “heaven, or pure mind.”

Jules chose the green (heart chakra). She used the color in specific ways. Kaeru (the frog) is green, and she wrote about love in her haibun. Notice how the symbolism in her poem deepened the meaning. Those connections to the heart chakra came through loud and clear. Usually, the color green implies jealousy, but not when we use chakra color theory.

Don’t be afraid to experiment with color theory in your poetry and other writings: https://www.verywellmind.com/color-psychology-2795824

August Specific Form: Yvette

August Photo Prompt: Reena

August Theme Prompt: Sarah

See you tomorrow for the new challenge!

#TankaTuesday #Poetry Stars No. 279 | #Color/Weather Syllabic Poetry

What a wild couple of weeks it’s been. The new floors are in! Both of the upstairs bathrooms will be gutted and replaced, starting today. So, if I appear distracted, I probably am! I can shut my door while the worst of the tear out takes place, so that will help. I will post the Word Craft Syllabic Poetry Contest results on July 13, 2022. This is a busy and exciting week!

This is the media room
This is the loft/yoga room (still a work in progress)

Welcome to our weekly poetry stars’ celebration. This week’s challenge was to write our choice of syllabic poem, using a form from the cheat sheet or a syllabic form from the Poetscollective.org. I asked everyone to use a color and a bit of weather to make our poetry interesting.

Many thanks to everyone who joined in below:

1.Reena Saxena10.Donna Matthews19.Echoes of the soul
2.anita dawes11.Harmony Kent20.Goutam Dutta
3.ladyleemanila12.ben Alexander21.Kerfe
4.kittysverses13.Balroop Singh22.Selma
5.The Versesmith14.Ruth Klein23.Sri
6.Britta Benson15.Jane Aguiar24.sally cronin
7.Cheryl16.D. L. Finn25.Colleen Chesebro
8.willowdot2117.Jules26.Paula Light
9.Annette Rochelle Aben18.Yvette M Calleiro 

I think everyone missed writing syllabic poetry! I know color poetry is a favorite and with the addition of weather in our poetry; the imagery was extra special. It was fun to see photos of where you live, as well. We’re all from around the globe. It’s like going on a picturesque, poetic journey with you all.

Here are a few that caught my attention:

Reena shares a poem about a monsoon.

Britta shares How to measure space-time on summer holidays.

Sally shares a crown cinquain called Drought.

See you tomorrow for the new challenge!

#TankaTuesday #Poetry Stars No. 276 | #TastetheRainbow-Color Poetry

Welcome to our weekly poetry stars’ celebration. This week’s challenge was to write our choice of syllabic poem, using a form from the cheat sheet or a syllabic form from the Poetscollective.org, featuring a color.

Many thanks to everyone who joined in below:

1.Reena Saxena10.Britta Benson19.Kerfe
2.Sri11.Eugenia20.Colleen: Word Craft Poetry
3.Jude12.Donna Matthews21.Smitha Vishwanath
4.Annette Rochelle Aben13.anita dawes22.sally cronin
5.Harmony Kent14.Elizabeth23.Ruth Klein
6.Gwen Plano15.D. L. Finn24.Pat
7.ben Alexander16.Balroop Singh25.You’re next!
8.willowdot2117.Jules  
9.Laura McHarrie18.theindieshe  

What a stunning week of color poetry! I’m always thrilled at the turnout for color poetry. Everyone seems to find inspiration from color.

The Countdown is on for the Word Weaving Poetry Contest! Are you ready to write some syllabic poetry? Stay Tuned…

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The Word Weaving Poetry Contest

See you tomorrow for the new challenge!

#TankaTuesday Weekly Poetry Challenge No. 277: #Tastetherainbow-Color Poetry

Hello everyone. Happy June and Pride Month! This week, choose a syllabic form and a color to feature in your poem. If the form is from the #TankaTuesday cheat sheet, let us know so we know where to look for directions. If it’s a new form, share how to write it and where you found the instructions. Think about the different ways you can use color in a poem.

💜 💜 💜

Color Meanings – The Power and Symbolism of Colors

Color Symbolism in Literature: What Do Colors Mean in Literature and Poetry?

Symbolism – Definition & Examples

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P.S. 🌈 Taste the Rainbow refers to colors. You do not have to write about a rainbow in your poem. Just include a color in your poem. 🌈


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

Not sure how to write syllabic poetry? READ THIS FIRST: How to Craft Syllabic Poetry

Tanka Tuesday Cheat Sheet

PoetsCollective.org

sodacoffee.com/syllables

synonyms.com 

thesaurus.com

Word Craft: Prose & Poetry—The Art of Crafting Syllabic Poetry

THE RULES

*Write your poem and post it on your blog.

*USE sodacoffee.com/syllables to count your syllables. That way, we are all using the same syllable counter.

*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.

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:

Now, have fun and write some color themed poetry!

“Tired,” #ShareYourDay, #TankaTuesday,

Our #TankaTuesday challenge this week was to share our day (or week) and write a piece of syllabic poetry to go with the image. I wrote a Badger’s Hexastich. My week was not interesting, to say the least.

Sophie, then Chloe—The Unicorn Cats

On Monday, we did some furniture moving, which is always exhausting. The temperature soared to 86 degrees and the humidity along with it. I developed a strange rash on my arms and chest.

On Tuesday, we had our yearly doctor appointments. The doctor believes that the sun caused the rash. I’m on low dose antibiotics for another issue and that makes my skin super sensitive. OR my thyroid levels were too high, OR… I’m allergic to something, OR its heat rash… It’s Saturday, and the rash is still there.

The doctor also gave us our Covid booster (#2) along with the new immunization for pneumonia. I have asthma, so this was necessary. As you can see, Chloe and Sophie, the Unicorn Cats, kept me company in bed. I’m feeling better today, just tired. I realized I hadn’t taken a break in ages, so maybe this was the time to slow down and go with the flow?

slow down
read a good book
heal your mind and body
rest and rejuvenate
restore the love
within

Listen to your body. It will let you know what it needs.

#TANKATUESDAY Weekly #POETRY CHALLENGE NO. 275, 5/24/22, #THEMEPROMPT

WELCOME TO #TANKATUESDAY!

Here we are for another #TankaTuesday poetry challenge! Are you ready for a theme prompt? Kerfe selected this month’s theme:

This month’s theme is:

“Useful”

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

Not sure how to write syllabic poetry? READ THIS FIRST: How to Start Crafting Syllabic Poetry

Tanka Tuesday Cheat Sheet

PoetsCollective.org

sodacoffee.com/syllables

synonyms.com 

thesaurus.com

Word Craft: Prose & Poetry – The Art of Crafting Syllabic Poetry

THE RULES

  • Write a poem based on the above theme using a syllabic form of your choice found on the cheat sheet OR from the Poetscollective.org using the theme above.
  • *USE sodacoffee.com/syllables to count your syllables. That way, we are all using the same syllable counter. 
  • 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 the https:// address link of your published post 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 2022 schedule listed below:

Join me and learn how to write syllabic poetry! Word Craft: Prose & Poetry is available in print and ebook versions on Amazon.com.

Now, have fun and write some syllabic poetry!


#TankaTuesday #Poetry Stars No. 274 | #PhotoPrompt

Welcome to our weekly poetry stars’ celebration. This week’s challenge was to write our choice of syllabic poem, using a form from the cheat sheet or a syllabic form from the Poetscollective.org. David, from the Skeptic’s Kaddish, provided the photo below.

Many thanks to everyone who joined in below:

1.Reena Saxena9.Cheryl17.Colleen Chesebro
2.ben Alexander10.Jules18.Ruth Klein
3.Harmony Kent11.Veera19.s. s.
4.willowdot2112.Kerfe20.Sally Cronin
5.Gwen Plano13.Ken Gierke / rivrvlogr21.Annette Rochelle Aben
6.Lauren Swanberg14.Yvette M Calleiro22.Jude

When David sent me this photo, I immediately saw the potential in the image. It was a photo of his father taking photos. The best part—we couldn’t see what he was seeing. That left so much room for speculation on our parts. In my humble opinion, this is the perfect inspiration for crafting great poetry! At the same time, the photo was deeply personal to our friend, as his father had passed.

© David, The Skeptic’s Kaddish

The exploration of “what was beyond the photo lens” resulted in some of the best poetry I’ve read in a long time. Could this be a lesson for us in finding inspiration? The next time you find yourself stuck because you don’t know what to write about, imagine yourself behind the lens of a camera… what do you see?

I found Reena’s gogyohka, written in breathy phrases, to be a powerful read!

This tanka by Tzvi Fievel shares some amazing imagery!

Willow’s nonet, The Lens of the Soul, written both forward and backward is an excellent example of the nonet form. When you read the poem the first way, you get one meaning, but the more powerful meaning comes from reading the poem in the reverse.

through the lens of the omnipotent
to soar high beyond the body
to attain the higher plain
past the confines of life
further than the eye
the horizon
life beyond
captured
truth

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truth
captured
life beyond
the horizon
further than the eye
past the confines of life
to attain the higher plain
to soar high beyond the body
through the lens of the omnipotent

© Willow Willers

This week, I’ve asked Willow to choose the #PhotoPrompt for next month’s challenge. Please email your photo (with credits) to me at least a week before the challenge to colleen@wordcraftpoetry.com. Thanks.

See you tomorrow for the new challenge!

#TankaTuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 274, 5/17/22 #Ekphrastic #PhotoPrompt

WELCOME TO TANKA TUESDAY!

This challenge explores Ekphrastic poetry, inspired by visual art or photographs. David, from the Skeptic’s Kaddish, provided the photo for this month’s challenge.

This is a photo of David’s father. Please be aware that he is no longer with us. David dedicated his blog to his father’s memory. You can read more about his journey HERE. With that being said, take a deep look at this photo. Don’t describe what we all can see. Look into the camera lens… what do YOU see? What is revealed to you? Now, write your syllabic poem.

© David, The Skeptic’s Kaddish

Write your poem using a syllabic form from the cheat sheet or from the poetscollective.org/poetryforms. Here is more information on how to write an Ekphrastic poem: How Do You Write an Ekphrastic Poem.

“Ekphrastic poems exist to respond to a piece of art critically, analytically, and reverentially.”

Ekphrastic poetry explained

On the Monday before the next challenge, I will select a poem from this week’s challenge to feature on the Monday recap. That poet will then choose the piece of artwork or a photograph (credits included) for next month’s challenge! Email your selection to me at wordcraftpoetry@mail.com, a week before the challenge. Thank you.


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

sodacoffee.com/syllables

A simple yet 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.

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.

THE RULES

  • Write your choice of a syllabic poem using a form from the cheat sheet or from the poetscollective.org/poetryforms.
  • 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:

Interested in self-publishing your poetry book? Learn how my services can help you make your dreams come true: HERE.

So, who wants to have fun and write some syllabic poetry?


#TankaTuesday #Poetry Stars No. 272 | #TastetheRainbow: Color Poetry

Welcome to our weekly poetry stars’ celebration. This week’s challenge was to add a color and write our choice of syllabic poem, using a form from the cheat sheet or a syllabic form from the Poetscollective.org.

I was thrilled with this week’s poetry. The psychology behind adding colors to our poetry adds layers of meaning. These deeper levels of meaning help a poet or writer develop the emotions in the reader that help to create persuasive themes or messages.

Many thanks to everyone who joined in below: (all links have been corrected)

1.ben Alexander 9.Donna Matthews 17.Ruth Klein
2.Harmony Kent 10.Cheryl 18.sally Cronin
3.Reena Saxena 11.Yvette M Calleiro 19.Elizabeth
4.Gwen Plano 12.Mayuri Srivastava 20.s. s.
5.Eugenia 13.willowdot21 21.M J Mallon
6.Jules 14.Balroop Singh 22.theindieshe
7.Colleen Chesebro 15.Kerfe 23.
Jane Aguiar
8.Tzvi Fievel 16.D.G. Kaye   

See you tomorrow for the new challenge!