The Rhythm of Life, #haiku, #TankaTuesday

#TankaTuesday this week was an ekphrastic challenge. Reena Saxena provided a piece of her artwork.

Great news, our accurate syllable counter is rebranded as https://www.traveldailylife.com/syllables/. I’ll add this update to our next challenge.

moon tracks through the sky
nature sings in bright patterns
the rhythm of life

© Colleen M. Chesebro

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. 284 – #SpecificForm: 4/11

Welcome to our weekly poetry stars’ celebration. Yvette selected this week’s challenge. We were to write our syllabic poem using the 4/11 syllabic form created by Gwen Plano.

I was so pleased to see so many of you embrace this form. It just goes to show that syllabic poetry doesn’t have to be difficult to write. Eleven lines, with four syllables per line, says so much!

Just a reminder… don’t forget to add your published post link to Mr. Linky! 💜💚💛

Many thanks to everyone who joined in below:

1.Reena Saxena 10.kittysverses 19.Margaret 21 
2.ben Alexander 11.anita dawes 20.theindieshe 
3.Gwen Plano 12.Harmony Kent 21.Colleen Chesebro 
4.willowdot21 13.Yvette M Calleiro 22.Jude 
5.The Versesmith 14.Kerfe 23.Smitha 
6.Cheryl 15.Jules 24.Vashti Q. Vega 
7.Balroop Singh 16.Annette Rochelle Aben 25.You’re next!
8.Sylvia Cognac 17.Ruth Klein   
9.Selma 18.D. L. Finn   

This was a tough week to select only one poem. I loved all of them! There was so much creativity! I read them over and over. 💜

A special thank you to Harmony Kent and Annette Rochelle Aben for their help in tweeting and sharing all our posts on social media. I couldn’t do this without you guys. 🙏🏻 ❤️

Check out Smitha’s poetry, photography, and artwork!

If you’re looking for a photographic vacation (I was) then you must read Margaret’s poem and enjoy the photos.

I selected Jules’ poem, “Airy Wonderland,” to feature. I loved the idea of staring at the clouds as the shapes take on new meaning. Cloud dreaming is a summer adventure; and as summer slips away, remember to grab those moments. Soon, autumn will present itself and summer will be a distant memory.

"Airy Wonderland"

Captivating
In all my days
Those puffy clouds
Taking on shapes
Images from those
Storied fables
White rabbit in
A spruced waist vest
Waiting to take
Me through the sky
Captivating

© JP/dh

This week, I’ve asked Jules to choose the specific form she’d like to practice for next month’s challenge. Please email your words to me at least a week before the challenge to tankatuesdaypoetry@gmail.com. Thanks.

September Specific Theme: Jules

August Photo Prompt: Reena

August Theme Prompt: Sarah

See you tomorrow for the new challenge!

TankaTuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 284, 8/9/22, #SpecificForm: 4-11

WELCOME TO #TANKATUESDAY!

Last month, I asked Yvette Calleiro to select a syllabic form for us to learn more about. Her choice was a form that Gwen Plano created, called the 4-11. You can find her 4-11 form HERE.

FAST FACTS

Gwen says the 4-11 is a stanza of eleven lines, four syllables each line. The beginning line also repeats as the last line. Here is Gwen’s example.

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

RhymeZone.com

synonyms.com 

thesaurus.com

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

THE RULES

  • Write your syllabic poem. Try not to use “ing” ending words to satisfy the word count.
  • 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.

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.

MR. LINKY BELOW

Follow the schedule listed below:

August Specific Form: Yvette

 August Photo Prompt: Reena

 August Theme Prompt: Sarah

Now, have fun and write some 4-11 poetry!

#TankaTuesday #Poetry Stars No. 281 | #PhotoPrompt, #Ekphrastic

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.

Many thanks to everyone who joined in below:

1.Reena Saxena7.Jules13.Ruth Klein
2.willowdot218.theindieshe14.D.G. Kaye
3.ben Alexander9.Yvette M Calleiro15.kittysverses
4.Gwen Plano10.Goutam Dutta16.Margaret 21
5.Balroop Singh11.Selma17.Mayuri Srivastava
6.The Versesmith12.Annette Rochelle Aben18.You’re next!

We’re almost at the end of our bathroom renovation. One more week… because of a cracked counter top which had to be replaced. By next weekend, we should be finished, fini, terminado, done!! I miss writing poetry! I am renovation’d out! It’s been a long year and a half of waiting for contractors, waiting for supplies, and waiting for it all to be over. If you’ve never done renovations, let me tell you, it’s messy, dirty, and hugely disruptive. We’re almost at the finish line!

Many thanks to all of you for writing syllabic poetry this week. I apologize for the time it took me to read and comment on your poems. On top of the renovations, we found another leak under the sink, and my Wi-Fi/computer had hiccups again! The plumber gets another call tomorrow, and I think I solved the issues with my Wi-Fi. Trouble shooting is a wonderful thing.

I want to thank Willow for providing the photo of the statue from St. Pancras station. Margaret, from FROM PYRENEES TO PENNINES shares more information about the statue and the station, which I found really interesting.

This statue inspired a wide range of poetry. I loved how everyone interpreted this piece of art differently. That’s important to your poetry and sharing what you see or feel is the whole idea behind Ekphrastic poetry.

Reena’s Blason poem really spoke to me. The form is interesting—a new form for me. Also, I detected some negative energy from the statue, as did a few other poets. (This was before I read Margaret’s informative post about the statue).

Reena’s poem is an excellent example of selecting the perfect form to portray the “spirit” of the statue.

Poetscollective.org states:

Blason is a genre of poetry committed to the praise or blame of something through the use of a series of images that support the theme. It is a variation of the ancient Catalogue Poem. From French heraldry, blason translates as “the codified description of a coat of arms” Originally French poet, Clement Marot, wrote a poem praising a woman by listing parts of her body with metaphors to compare with them. Parts of the female body became a recurring topic of the Blason and continues to be the focus, although other subjects could be adapted.

Although the concept of the Blason can be applied to any verse form such as the sonnet or Blank Verse, the Blason often takes the form of octosyllabic or decasyllabic verse that ends with an epigraphic conclusion.

The Blason is often
• framed at the discretion of the poet, although lines are often syllabic, 8 or 10 syllables long.
• composed with a list of different images of the same thing with accompanying metaphors.
• written with a sharp conclusion.”

Blason: poetscollective.org

“Threat”

She raises her foot to meet his sharp gaze
yet her trust fails to see the looming threat

She fails to see the support underground
people wish well, but fear the bayonet

His manner spells danger, he’ll get his way
pretends to kiss, wants to intimidate

she has time to loosen his deathly grip
jump out, be rescued rather than regret

© Reena Saxena

This week, I’ve asked Reena Saxena to choose the photo prompt for next month’s challenge. Please email your image (with credits) to me at least a week before the challenge to tankatuesdaypoetry@gmail.com. Thanks.

Upcoming #TankaTuesday Prompt Poets

💜 August Specific Form: Yvette

💚 August Photo Prompt: Reena

💛 July Theme Prompt: Harmony

See you tomorrow for the new challenge!

#TankaTuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 281, 7/19/22 #Ekphrastic #PhotoPrompt

WELCOME TO #TANKATUESDAY!

This challenge explores Ekphrastic poetry, inspired by visual art or photographs. Willow provided the photo for this month’s challenge. Now, we can see this is a statue, so get creative and think about what this statue could represent. Think about imagery and symbolism… then select a form and craft your poem!

© Willow Willers

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:

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 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

💜 August Specific Form: Yvette

💚 July Photo Prompt: Willow

💛 July Theme Prompt: Harmony

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


⭐️#TankaTuesday #Poetry Stars No. 280, #SpecificForm: Lanturne or Lanterne

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.

It’s been a crazy week! Our bathroom renovations are coming along nicely. The contractor is working hard to get this job done. On top of all of this turmoil, my husband got the flu! He was totally incapacitated for about three days.

Then, on Sunday, I received a few posts from bloggers telling me that my previous blog theme was making comments difficult. So, I took care of that with this newer theme. It’s a work in progress so if something is off, I’ll get around to fixing it this week. I’m sorry for all the inconvenience.

If you haven’t read the post featuring the winners of the Word Craft Syllabic Poetry Contest, you can find that here: WINNERS

I want to thank our amazing poetry community for all we do for each other. I love writing syllabic poetry with you each week and look forward to many more challenges. 💜💚💛

Many thanks to everyone who joined in below:

1.Reena Saxena11.Sylvia Cognac21.E.A. Colquitt
2.Jude12.sally cronin22.Ken Gierke / rivrvlogr
3.ben Alexander13.anita dawes23.Selma
4.Annette Rochelle Aben14.Gwen Plano24.kittysverses
5.willowdot2115.Cheryl25.The Versesmith
6.Eugenia16.Balroop Singh26.Ruth Klein
7.Britta Benson17.Aishwarya Kannan27.Yvette M Calleiro
8.Sarah David18.Echoes of the soul28.Veera
9.Jules19.Echoes of the soul29.Colleen Chesebro
10.D. L. Finn20.Kerfe  

What a fabulous week of poetry! The Lanturne form turned out to be a hit! This week, I chose Yvette’s lanturne poem to highlight!

I
exist
beautiful
happy, calm, strong
me

be
sit still
now listen
follow your breath
sigh

see
clearly
all are one
accept what is
truth

live
zestful
with purpose
in the moment
thrive

© Yvette M Calleiro

I loved the positive message this series sends to us all. Visit Yvette’s blog to see the stunning photo of her trip to Arizona. The colors are amazing!

This week, I’ve asked Yvette to choose the specific form for next month’s challenge for us to learn more about. Please email your words to me at least a week before the challenge to tankatuesdaypoetry@gmail.com. Thanks.

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 Weekly Poetry Challenge No. 279: #Tastetherainbow-Color/Weather Poetry

Hello everyone. Happy JULY! I’m thrilled to see everyone once again! I need a vacation from my vacation! The second-floor flooring has all been replaced. No more yucky old carpet. I’ve got a break for a week and then the contractor begins work on the two bathrooms. It’s a busy summer!

Now, let’s get back to writing poetry together!

This week, choose your own syllabic form and a color to feature in your syllabic poem. But, let’s add a little something else to make it special! This week, along with a color, add some weather to your poem. You can find some ideas HERE.

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

💜 💜 💜

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:

Upcoming #TankaTuesday Prompt Poets

💜 July Specific Form: Lisa

💚 July Photo Prompt: Willow

💛 July Theme Prompt: Harmony

Now, have fun and write some color/weather themed poetry!

#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

💜 💜 💜

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!