#TANKA TUESDAY #POETRY STARS | #Ekphrastic #PhotoPrompt #222

Welcome to our weekly poetry stars celebration. This week’s challenge was to write your poetry based off of the photo that Anita Dawes provided 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, and Abhanga poetry. Sorry… I had to edit this post. I was in a hurry and used the wrong format. ❤ I need an administrative assistant! LOL! 😀

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. ❤

Many thanks to everyone who joined in below:

1.ladyleemanila8.Gwen Plano15.theindieshe
2.Padre9.Jaye Frisina16.Heather
3.Reena Saxena10.anita dawes17.Jude
4.Trent McDonald11.willowdot2118.Sally Cronin
5.Cheryl12.Ken Gierke / rivrvlogr19.Ruth E Klein
6.Erlyn Olivia13.Pat20.Colleen Chesebro
7.Jules14.Balroop Singh  

Wow!! Didn’t you think we had some amazing poetry this week? I was totally blown away by Jude’s poem HERE. Check that out. He has discovered some creative ways to combine his love of writing with the syllabic forms. The epistolary format is a great way to showcase your poetry.

Please visit the rest of the poetry… it’s exceptional this week.

I chose to highlight Trent McDonald’s double-nonet this week. He rarely writes this form, but I enjoyed his thoughts prompted by the image. This piece has a great rhythm and flow. The questions at the end are there to make you evaluate your own values toward climate change. Bravo Trent!

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

Don’t forget to check out the Tanka Tuesday Book Store. Have you recently published a book with poetry in it? Let me know. I’ll add a link to your Amazon Author Page.

See you tomorrow for the new challenge!

New RELEASE: “Poetry Treasures”

I’m thrilled to announce the release of “Poetry Treasures,” a collection of poetry from the poet/author guests of Robbie Cheadle on the “Treasuring Poetry” blog series on Writing to be Read in 2020.

Open the book and discover the poetry treasures of Sue Vincent (Author), Geoff Le Pard (Author), Frank Prem (Author), Victoria Zigler (Author), Colleen M. Chesebro (Author), K. Morris (Author), Annette Rochelle Aben (Author), Jude Kirya Itakali (Author), and Roberta Eaton Cheadle (Author). 

This book is also available on Draft2Digital.

Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would find myself in the company of my favorite poets. If you’re not familiar with the blogging collaboration of Kaye Lynn Booth and Robbie Cheadle and more, at Writing to be Read, you will want to check out the opportunities for poets and writers.

Currently, the book is in kindle form. The print version will be available soon.

Announcing the WINNERS of the Sue Vincent Rodeo Classic

Shared from Carrot Ranch.com:

When the Rodeo came to town, Rough Writers from around the world answered the call. You came, you sat in the saddle, you rode the bull, and you joined the parade.

Most important, you were inspired by our wonderful friend, Sue Vincent. Sue has been battling terminal cancer, and we’re thrilled that she is around to see the winners (though I admit I cheated and let her know the top winner a little early). Participants were allowed and encouraged to donate to help Sue and her family, but we believe the photo she provided as the prompt was worthy of any prize.

Her photo prompted 63 wonderful 99 word stories and 99 syllable poems; if the average picture is worth 1,000 words, then we can be certain her prompt is way above average!


The Winners are announced at carrotranch.com

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


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.

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  • 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!

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Now, have fun and write some poetry!

WEEKLY POETRY CHALLENGE STARS | #ThemeChallenge: The Night Sky: Marsha Ingrao

Franci Hoffman from Eugi’s Causerie II selected the theme for us this week. The night sky was her pick, and it generated an amazing amount of poetry. Bravo, everyone. You kept me enthralled all week. ❤

Here’s everyone who joined in this week via Mr. Linky:

1.Padre11.Jules21.Dorinda Duclos
2.s. s.12.Ken Gierke / rivrvlogr22.Kat
3.Reena Saxena13.huwanahoy23.Kerfe Roig
4.anita dawes14.Marsha Ingrao24.Linda Lee Lyberg
6.Kim16.Goutam Dutta26.Merril D. Smith
7.Trent McDonald17.Gwen Plano27.Ruth Scribbles
8.Tina Stewart Brakebill18.Donna Matthews28.Pat R
9.theindieshe19.Jude29.M J Mallon
10.Myforever. blog20.Elizabeth

This week I selected Marsha Ingrao’s haiku sequence (including photographs) to pick next month’s theme.

I found her haiku garland to be really creative as it described different aspects of the night sky. In fact, she used all three haiku forms: 3/5/3, 2/3/2, and the traditional 5/7/5.

Did you know that many journals do not accept haiku written in the 5/7/5 format? I’ve not come across one yet, that does. If you do… Let me know.

Why is that? The reason is the way we count syllables in English compared to how the Japanese count onji (sounds). Modern haijin believes we should have fewer syllables to make our Haiku in English comparable to Japanese Haiku. So, fair warning… if you want your Japanese poetry published in a journal or other literary source, check out a previous edition of the journal first and count the syllables of the winning haiku. That is how you will know.

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

Image by skeeze from Pixabay
Night blooms 
Promised dreams 
Daylight slumps and sleeps
Snoring with coyote's call
Signals predators
Mr. Moon
grumpy, sinister
Plots evil
Hides his face 
From tree owls lurking 
On the prowl
City Life
Lights control
City lights
glamor of the dark
Summer nights
spark the dark

©2020 Marsha Ingrao

source: https://tchistorygal.net/2020/09/22/haiku-the-night-skies-of-elderwood-maui-and-melbourne/

See you tomorrow for the new challenge!

#FAIRY #TAROT #FRIDAY: September 4, 2020

Welcome to Fairy Tarot Friday. Each Friday I’ll share a card from either the Fairy Tarot deck by Doreen Virtue & Radleigh Valentine, or from the Inspirational Visions Oracle deck by Judy Mastrangelo. As usual, I’ll share a bit of poetic inspiration to go along with the card.

This week, we’re using the Inspirational Visions Oracle deck.

Oracle cards are an ancient and traditional way to connect with your inner soul. They’re based upon Pythagorean numerology, which instructs that numbers and images all vibrate in a precise, mathematical way. You can’t make a mistake using oracle cards because they act within the Law of Attraction. This is because your questions (or those of the person you’re doing the reading for) will always attract the ideal cards as answers. Each one you select will match the vibration of the question.

Here’s how I did it: First I cleared the deck. I held the cards in one hand and swept my other hand over them as I thought about the cards being cleared. Afterwards, I shuffled the cards to transfer my energy to them.

After shuffling, I closed my eyes and cleared my mind, asking for any messages from the oracle (universe). I like to fan the cards out, or to lay them out on the table with my hands hovering above them. That way, I can feel the vibrations from the cards. I let my intuition direct me to choose a card from the deck. Next I consulted the guidebook that accompanied the deck.

Each card has a special meaning in the guidebook, and you can find insight and suggestions to help you find keys to your own personal development. This knowledge is the oracle source of your own inner spirit.

Today’s card: “Create Your Fantasy”

Feel the magic! Just breathe in deep for a moment and imagine a world filled with everything you love, where even your secret wishes have been fulfilled. In this world, you can imagine amazing creatures, such as angels, unicorns, elves, and fairies. While you’re there, pretend you have a magical wand. Use this wand like a paintbrush and create rainbows and castles in the air. Talk to the plants, animals, and trees in this world. Seek their advice for it comes from an ancient source.

I’ve drawn this card so you can create your world… make it your fantasy place, whatever it might look like to you. Let your mind take you to this special place whenever you are hunting for inspiration. No more writer’s block!

What do you see?

Visit this magical place whenever you want. This is the place where creative inspiration pours from your soul. Now, start creating!

Create Your Fantasy, #tanka

create your own world
where inspiration cascades
in a stream of thoughts
paint a picture in your mind
to uplift you on dark days

©2020 Colleen M. Chesebro

If you believe it, you can achieve it!

WEEKLY POETRY CHALLENGE STARS | #192 Theme prompt – MAPS: Franci Hoffman

Kerfe Roig selected the theme for this week: MAPS. Who knew this one word would inspire such great poetry? You all deserve a huge round of applause for your poetic endeavors.


Here’s everyone who joined in via Mr. Linky:

1.willowdot2111.Jules21.anita dawes
2.Reena Saxena12.Pat R22.s. s.
3.Ruth Scribbles13.Sue Vincent23.Linda Lee Lyberg
4.Trent McDonald14.Jude24.Padre
5.Elizabeth15.Kim25.Traci Kenworth
6.kittysverses16.Eugenia26.Merril D. Smith
7.Myforever. blog17.Raivenne27.Sally Cronin
8.Goutam Dutta18.Marsha Ingrao28.Annette Rochelle Aben
9.Ken Gierke / rivrvlogr19.D. L. Finn29.Colleen Chesebro
10.Dave Madden20.Donna Matthews30. David Ellis

This week I selected Franci Hoffman from Eugi’s Causeria II to select the theme for September’s theme challenge! I can’t wait to see what she comes up with!

Congratulations, Franci, its your turn to pick the theme prompt for next month’s challenge. Please Email me your choice at tankatuesdaypoetry@gmail.com before next month’s challenge.

maps of my pursuits

life’s questions commanding me

invoking wisdom

©2020 Franci Hoffman

source: #Haiku – Charting the course

See you tomorrow for a new challenge!

WEEKLY POETRY CHALLENGE STARS | #Synonyms Only: Annette rochelle aben

It’s HOT in Arizona! How are you staying cool?

Welcome to this week’s poetry challenge stars! Jules picked some interesting words for us all to work with this week for our #SynonymsOnly challenge: Circled and Squared.

At first the words intimidated me… but not for long. Thesaurus.com listed plenty of words.

Circled synonyms: encircle, rotate, surround, loop, etc.

Squared synonyms: balance, fit in, jibe, fix, pay, buy, conform, etc.

Remember the idea behind the synonyms only challenge is not to use the prompt words. That is the challenge part. Search for synonyms on thesaurus.com to use in your poetry.

Thanks to everyone who took part! You did an outstanding job tackling those words. Here’s everyone who joined in courtesy of Mr. Linky:

1.kittysverses10.Kerfe Roig19.Sue Vincent
2.Padre11.Goutam Dutta20.Colleen Chesebro
3.Kim12.Jude21.Vashti Quiroz- Vega
4.Trent McDonald13.s. s.22.Sally Cronin
5.Elizabeth14.theindieshe23.Merril D. Smith
6.Jules15.Marsha Ingrao24.Linda Lee Lyberg
7.willowdot2116.Christine Bialczak
8.Annette Rochelle Aben17.anita dawes  
9.Traci Kenworth18.Donna Matthews  

I selected Annette Rochelle Aben to pick next month’s synonyms. I got a chuckle from her senryu. All the elements are there, irony, humor, and she chose an awkward moment in life making the human, not the world around them (the natural world) the subject of her poem. Excellent!

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

Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay

“Old Dog, New Tricks”

The troglodyte thought
I’ll give it a whirl, why not
Learn to disco dance

©2020 Annette Rochelle Aben

source: annetterochelleaben.wordpress.com

See you tomorrow for the new challenge!

Weekly Poetry Challenge Stars | Theme Prompt #188

Many thanks to Sue Vincent, who gave us an amazing theme to work with this week:

“Trees are sanctuaries. Whoever knows how to speak to them, whoever knows how to listen to them, can learn the truth.”

Herman Hesse

Thank you for all of your hard work! Your poetry was amazing! I want to share a few highlights because we learn so much from each other!

Check out these poems:

Elizabeth from Tea & Paper I love what’s not said in this in tanka. The reader draws their own conclusions.

Sue Vincent She reveals the mystery of the trees.

Frank Tassone Shares an unknown form for most of us called a kyoka! It’s a relative to the tanka. I’ll have to investigate this one in more detail.

Here’s who joined in via Mr. Linky:

1.Jude9.Sue Vincent17.theindieshe
2.Padre10.Amit Agrawal18.Merril D. Smith
3.Trent McDonald11.anita dawes19.Colleen Chesebro
4.Elizabeth12.Jules20.Linda Lee Lyberg
5.willowdot2113.Kim21.Annette Rochelle Aben
6.Dave Madden14.Pat R22.Sally Cronin
7.Ken Gierke / rivrvlogr15.Kerfe Roig23.Frank J. Tassone
8.s. s.16.anita dawes24.Vashti Vega

This was a hard challenge to only pick one poet to highlight. I selected Kerfe’s poem, “The Chorus of Everywhere,” because of the powerful imagery in her words.

Each stanza leads you to a different thought. The poem features a beginning, middle, and an end which serves as the climax. Sequence, shorter form poetry is perfect for arranging your thoughts so each stanza flows into the next and defining your theme.

This shadorma sequence is all about our own awakening, as she includes a sincere appeal to stop and take notice of our world. When you read the poem, you feel the truth of her words resonate in your soul.

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

"the chorus of everywhere"

stop making
are without
journey does not follow roads
to faraway lands

look around
at the familiar
water, stone,
the patterns of trees joining
wings to earth and sky

listen to
the stillness of no
suspend all
expectations—what you need
is already here

©2020 Kerfe Roig

source: the chorus of everywhere

SEE you tomorrow for the new challenge!

Weekly Poetry Challenge Stars | #PhotoPrompt No. 182

Thanks everyone for the lovely poetry dedicated to my new writing muse, Freyja. I’ve decided to create a collage of poems, along with the author’s names, and a photo of Freyja that I can frame and hang in my creative room. I’ll work on that this week and share it in a post.

Frank J. Tassone provided a photo for this week, but with my crazy schedule this week, I didn’t get it in enough time for the scheduled post. So, the June 30th challenge (the fifth week is usually a specific form) I’ll use Frank’s photo as the prompt. Stay tuned because tomorrow’s prompt will be a theme you won’t want to miss.

I’ve updated the post to include all the participants:

1.Padre8.Elizabeth15.Vashti Quiroz- Vega
2.Kim9.anita dawes16.Kerfe Roig
3.Trent McDonald10.sangeetha17.Sally Cronin
4.Jules11.kittysverses18.Linda Lee Lyberg
5.Ritu Bhathal12.Jude19.Pat R.

I loved all of your poetry this week. Sally Cronin’s Etheree, “The Wise Woman’s Apprentice,” stole my heart.

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

Image by Huda Nur from Pixabay

The Wise Woman’s Apprentice

and fluffy
bundle of love
has a destiny
about to be fulfilled
in the most glorious way
as she is inducted into
the magical world of enchantment
of being a wise woman’s apprentice

©2020 Sally Cronin

Freyja commandeered a desk shelf!

See you tomorrow for the new challenge!