#Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Stars #SynonymsOnly

Welcome to our weekly poetry stars celebration. This week’s challenge was to choose synonyms for the words, “dawn & twilight,” using one of these forms: haiku, senryu, haiga, tanka, gogyohka, haibun, tanka prose, renga, solo renga, choka, cinquain, and its variations, Etheree, nonet, shadorma, Badger hexastich, Abhanga, & diatelle poetry.

Remember, in Japanese syllabic poetry, there is no capitalization on the first word in each line of your poem. Most of the American forms do not use capitalization either. Why? Syllabic poetry is written in breathy phrases, not sentences.

Many thanks to everyone who joined in below:

1.Cheryl8.Jules15.Kerfe Roig
2.Padre9.s. s.16.Colleen Chesebro
3.Trent McDonald10.anita dawes17.Ken Gierke / rivrvlogr
4.Annette Rochelle Aben11.Gwen Plano18.kittysverses
5.TJS Sherman12.Heather19.Marsha
6.Elizabeth13.Ruth Klein aka Ruth Scribbles20.Sally Cronin
7.Susan Joy Clark14.Goutam Dutta21.You’re next!

What an amazing bunch of poems this week. Thanks so much for joining in and having fun with Gwen’s synonyms.

This week, I chose to feature TJS Sherman‘s poem, “Painters Duel–Dawn versus Twilight.” This reverse Etheree is written in breathy phrases that bring the reader back to the title. The imagery is rich: “purple and orange complementary colors illuminating the sky at opposite ends of the day…” I also like the idea of dawn and twilight competing to be the most beautiful. Notice the shape of the poem—it could be a metaphor for the passage of a day (dawn into twilight, the most light ending in the least light, the day coming—the day going). I like the hopeful and positive message this poem leaves behind.

purple and orange complimentary
colors illuminating the sky
at opposite ends of the day
dawn and twilight are artists
painting skies competing
for most inspiring
the day coming
day going
yet to
be

© TJS Sherman

I also want to share, Ken Gierke’s poem: Anticipation ~ chōka & haiku. I’ve wanted to add this form to our Japanese poetry for some time, so today I did. You will find the choka form on the cheat sheet with instructions on how to write this form. Thank you, Ken!

The chōka (long poem) was the storytelling form of Japanese poetry from the 1st to the 13th century. It is unrhymed and written in alternating five and seven-syllable lines that end with an extra seven-syllable line.

The early form consisted of a series of katuata joined together. (A katuata is 5-7-7 (19) onji, or 5-7-5 (17) onji) and is required for your poem. It is composed of any number of couplets made up of alternating 5-7 onji (sound syllables) per line. In English, we can only treat the onji as a syllable.

A nine-line chōka is 5-7-5-7-5-7-5-7-7 or 5-7-7-5-7-5-7-7-7. Chōka often were followed by one or more short poems called hanka, or “envoys,” summarizing, supplementing, or elaborating on, the contents of the main poem. A tanka would serve as an envoy.

This week, I’ve asked TJS Sherman to choose the two words from which we will choose our synonyms 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 connect with the Word Craft Journal of Syllabic Verse at wordweavingpoetryjournal.com to learn the theme of this first journal. Submissions are open until July 15, 2021. Follow Word Weaving on Twitter @word_weaving.

See you tomorrow for the new challenge!

#Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Stars Theme Challenge No. 227

Happy Memorial Day. As a veteran and the wife of a 100% disabled veteran, I like to honor my fellow military brothers and sisters who lost their lives serving our county in the line of duty. True patriots never forget!

brave Americans
who served... died to keep us free
Memorial Day
honor the true patriots
be true to democracy

© 2021 Colleen M. Chesebro

Memorial Day 2021


Welcome to our weekly poetry stars celebration. This week’s challenge was to write your poem using the theme of travel/journeys 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.

In Japanese syllabic poetry there is no capitalization on the first word in each line of your poem. Most of the American forms do not use capitalization either. Why? Syllabic poetry is written in breathy phrases, not sentences.

On 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 the opportunity 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 challenging part. ❤

Many thanks to everyone who joined in below:

1.ladyleemanila 9.TJS Sherman 17.Ruth Scribbles
2.Cheryl 10.kittysverses 18.theindieshe
3.Selma 11.Susan Joy Clark 19.D. L. Finn
4.Padre 12.Jules 20.Kerfe Roig
5.Trent 13.s. s. 21.Anisha @crazienerds
6.Eugenia 14.Gwen Plano 22.Sally Cronin
7.willowdot21 15.Elizabeth 23.
8.Annette Rochelle Aben 16.The Versesmith   

The theme of travel seemed to appeal to many of you. I loved all the creativity! Well done!

This week, I was captivated by Jules’ haibun and haiku sequence, “Fractured Traveler.”

She stayed true to the haiku form with no first-line capitalization. The haiku leaves one with the feeling of loneliness, and we sense the journey is a private pilgrimage. The first and last haiku establish the kigo (season word) which designates the time of year. This sequence actually comes full circle, repeating the first haiku at the end which is a great segway into the prose portion of the poem.

The prose is not overstated or flowery. We learn the story of the un-monk, or un-nun, who in the Buddhist tradition carries a begging bowl on their journey to reach enlightenment. In much of Thailand, the monks and nuns own no possessions and must beg for their meals. In the Thai tradition, the men in the family are required to serve in the monastery as a rite of passage which also honors his family.

I liked the internal argument and subsequent answer in the prose: “it is the journey…” and the goal of reaching enlightenment that keeps this individual on the straight and narrow journey. Notice how true to human nature this piece is. The last line: “Whether the goal of enlightenment is reached will be debatable” makes this haibun something we can all relate to.

“Fractured Traveler”

flower moon
skylark’s melody
wistful tune

opal stone
talisman, to pet
reassure

existence
with each passing breath
time passes

slow pilgrim
walking; a deranged
dull silence

rice bowl hung
on a course rope belt
unfulfilled

flower moon
skylark’s melody
wistful tune

Miles to trod with staff in hand, course hooded robe, barely sandaled feet. An un-monk, un-nun, under duress, stressed yet obligated to attempt to gain sanity by following a saint’s trail through an unfamiliar territory. A vow of silence ensures only internal arguments with oneself. Repeat, “it is the journey…” Eventually the destination will be achieved. Whether the goal of enlightenment is reached will be debatable.

© JP/dh

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

Don’t forget to connect with the Word Craft Journal of Syllabic Verse at wordweavingpoetryjournal.com to learn the theme of this first journal.

See you tomorrow for the new challenge!

#Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Stars: #PhotoPrompt

Welcome to our weekly poetry stars celebration. This week’s challenge was to write our poetry 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, Abhanga poetry) inspired by Trent McDonald’s photo shown below:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA: Image credit: Trent McDonald

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 who would like to enter contests or to submit their 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 challenging part. ❤

Many thanks to everyone who joined in below:

1.Cheryl 9.TJS Sherman 17.Vashti Quiroz- Vega 
2.ladyleemanila 10.anita dawes 18.Ruth Klein aka Ruth Scribbles 
3.Gwen Plano 11.Elizabeth 19.kittysverses 
4.Eugenia 12.sangeetha 20.Sally Cronin 
5.Ken Gierke / rivrvlogr 13.Balroop Singh 21.Kerfe Roig 
6.Jules 14.theindieshe 22.
7.Trent McDonald 15.Jude   
8.Padre 16.Marsha   

The challenge this week explored Ekphrastic writing inspired by visual art (photographs). When you write poetry based on a painting or photograph, we work with symbolism and metaphors. I asked everyone to not just describe what they saw in the image. I suggested we check out How to Write Ekphrastic Poetry and learn how to apply some techniques used in that article to our own poem.

I think you all did that and more! Photo prompts always bring out some of the best poetry and you guys did not disappoint! A few of these poems really stood out. Please check out:


Ken Gierke / rivrvlogr


TJS Sherman


sangeetha


Jude
 


Sally Cronin


anita dawes

Kerfe Roig’s poem, “Cascade,” was outstanding. This Badger hexastich says it all with only a few words. Kerfe captured the essence of the waterfall. I felt the poem was a metaphor for living life to the fullest. Well done!

Painting by Kerfe Roig
"Cascade"

falling
gravitating
sheer and continuous
sparkled currents rising
in reflection
flowing

© Kerfe Roig

This week, I’ve asked Kerfe Roig to choose the photo 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 connect with the Word Craft Journal of Syllabic Verse at wordweavingpoetryjournal.com to learn the theme of this first journal.

See you tomorrow for the new challenge!

#TANKA TUESDAY WEEKLY #POETRY CHALLENGE NO. 226 #EKPHRASTIC #PHOTOPROMPT

WELCOME TO TANKA TUESDAY!

Welcome! Check out the main menu item: Poetry Book Publishing Links to find poetry book publishing links, including links to literary journals and poetry magazines accepting submissions of poetry. I update these links (sometimes daily) as I find more publishing opportunities. If you know of a link to add to this list, let me know by email to tankatuesdaypoetry@gmail.com. ❤

Visit the Word Weaving Submissions page HERE.

It’s the third week of the month! Time for an Ekphrastic #PhotoPrompt

This challenge explores Ekphrastic writing inspired by visual art (photographs). When you write poetry based on a painting or photograph, we work with symbolism and metaphors. This week, don’t just describe what you see in the image. Check out How to Write Ekphrastic Poetry and apply some of the techniques used in the article to your own poem.

Trent McDonald from last month’s challenge has provided the photo for this month’s challenge:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA: Trent McDonald, photographer

For the Tanka Tuesday Challenge, write your poem in the forms defined on the Poetry Challenge Cheat sheet (click the link below):

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

sodacoffee.com

A simple yet powerful syllable counter for poems and text which will count the total number of syllables and the 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.

How Many Syllables

This site counts syllables and helps you find words that rhyme.

I don't get it

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.
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, #Solo-Renga, #micropoetry, #poetry, #5lines, #Haibun, #Prose, #CinquainPoetry, #Etheree, #Nonet, #Shadorma, #Badger Hexastich, #Abhanga, #Diatelle

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


#TANKA TUESDAY #POETRY STARS | #SynonymsOnly: “Life & Move”

Welcome to our weekly poetry stars celebration. This week’s challenge was to choose synonyms for the words, “life and move,” chosen by Ritu, 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.

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 challenging part. ❤

Many thanks to everyone who joined in below:

1.ladyleemanila10.Pat19.anita dawes
2.Trent McDonald11.Elizabeth20.Donna Matthews
3.Susan Joy Clark12.Gwen Plano21.Dora
4.Padre13.TJS Sherman22.Goutam Dutta
5.Ruth Scribbles aka RuthEK14.The Versesmith23.Marsha
6.Annette Rochelle Aben15.Laura McHarrie24.Sally Cronin
7.D. L. Finn16.kittysverses25.M J Mallon
8.theindieshe17.Jude26.Kerfe Roig
9.Jules18.Selma27.You’re next!

There’s been so much excitement this week with the release of Word Craft: Prose & Poetry, along with the theme for the first Word Weaving Poetry Journal! I will have the print version of Word Craft ready for release this week. I’ll keep the costs as low as possible so that the book remains affordable for everyone.

This week, I chose Gwen Plano and her butterfly cinquain “Life Travelers” to feature. Not only does the photo add to the poignant nature of the poem, but it also becomes a metaphor for the words, “life and move.” I think the choice of a butterfly cinquain (shape poetry) also enhances her words. There is a deep sense of moving on with life in this piece.

Picture
Image credit: Gwen Plano

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

Submissions are OPEN! Connect with the Word Craft Journal of Syllabic Verse at wordweavingpoetryjournal.com to learn the theme of this first journal.

See you tomorrow for the new challenge!

NEW Release: “Word Craft: Prose & Poetry, The Art of Crafting Syllabic Poetry”

I’m honored to share with you the Ebook release of “Word Craft: Prose & Poetry, The Art of Crafting Syllabic Poetry.”

Are you ready to learn how to craft Japanese and American poetry? Consider this book the first step on your journey to learning the basics of how to craft syllabic poetry. Inside, you will discover many new forms, syllable combinations, and interpretations of the different Japanese and American forms and structures of haiku, senryu, haiga, tanka, renga/solo renga, gogyohka, haibun, tanka prose, the cinquain, and its variations, Etheree, nonet, and shadorma poetry.

So… what are you waiting for? Let’s craft syllabic poetry together!

Amazon.com

For the past two years, this book has been a true labor of love. I can say without a doubt, it was the most difficult book to format that I’ve ever undertaken. After many starts and stops, Amazon has hopefully applied all the formatting fixes. If you read in the dark mode on your Kindle, you will encounter some darkening of text. This is due to all the cutting and pasting of poetry from your website into the Word program, and then into the Kindle Creator app. It can take up to 72 hours for these updates to show, so please keep that in mind.

Please keep me informed of any problems so I can contact Amazon. The print copy will follow in the next few weeks. I’ll not use the Kindle Create app for the print book, using Vellum, instead. That should help with the print layout.

Inside, I’ve researched the following syllabic forms: haiku, senryu, haiga, tanka, gogyohka, haibun, tanka prose, renga, solo-renga, cinquain and its variations, Etheree, nonet, and shadorma poetry.

There’s a bit of history to give you some background of how and why these forms developed. I’ve also shared my tips on how to write each of the forms. I included poetry from our poetic community to round out the examples by using a citation to give credit to each poet’s work. Each chapter is a link in the Table of Contents so you can use the Ebook version as a quick reference for writing your poetry.

Thank you to all the Tanka Tuesday poets for their participation in the challenges each week. Without you, this book would not have been written. This challenge has brought us four years (and counting) of poetry writing fun. It has inspired many poets to write their own poetry books, which fills my heart with joy!

I hope you will enjoy learning about the different syllabic forms. Maybe you will be inspired to write more poetry! That is my intention. ❤

#Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Stars | Poet’s Choice

Welcome to our weekly poetry stars celebration. This week’s challenge was to choose synonyms for the words, “loose and tight,” 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.

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 challenging part. ❤

Many thanks to everyone who joined in below. Welcome back to Elizabeth and Frank!

1.D. L. Finn9.Jules17.Pat
2.Padre10.Frank J. Tassone18.Jude
3.willowdot2111.Marsha19.M J Mallon
4.Selma12.Reena Saxena20.Heather
5.Trent McDonald13.anita dawes21.Kerfe Roig
6.Elizabeth14.theindieshe22.Sally Cronin
7.Annette Rochelle Aben15.Gwen Plano23.kittysverses
8.RuthEK Scribbles16.Donna Matthews24.

Thank you for all the amazing poetry this week. I’m furiously formatting the book, “Word Craft: Prose & Poetry” for publication. Fingers crossed this all goes together as planned! I’ll keep you all in the loop.

There were some excellent new syllabic forms this week.

Jules created a haibun with Sojo; 4/12 haiku (4 lines 12 syllables), American Sentence, Sojo and prose. You will want to see how creative our poetry can become.

Reena crafted a tanka sequence filled with the creative words from computer coding!

Jude created a Villanelle that is quite difficult to put together, he said. I like the flow of this form.

Many of our poets shared photos of their gardens or nature walks accompanied by their poetry. You don’t want to miss these visits. Check out all this great poetry!

May 15, 2021, is fast approaching! Connect with the Word Craft Journal of Syllabic Verse at wordweavingpoetryjournal.com to learn the theme of this first journal.

for more poetry!

See you tomorrow for the new challenge!

#TANKA TUESDAY #POETRY STARS | #Theme Prompt: Your Favorite flower

The news is out! JulesPaige and I created a new publishing opportunity for syllabic poets!

You can find samples of poetry here, and more information on submissions here.


Word Weaving
 began as a creative experiment between two poetic friends, Colleen Chesebro and JulesPaige, birthed from our combined love for writing syllabic poetry on Word Craft: Prose & Poetry. All these Tanka Tuesday poetry challenges got us to thinking. What if we published a yearly poetry journal of syllabic verse to encourage emerging poets?

Our aim is to be a small, online, and print poetry journal that shares thoughtful syllabic poetry with uplifting fresh voices while supporting established ones. There are no submission fees. Read our submissions page to learn more.

The proceeds from the sale of this journal will be used to sponsor a yearly poetry contest on Word Craft: Prose & Poetry at wordcraftpoetry.com to be announced in 2022. Prizes will be determined at a later date. We will keep the cost of the ebook and the print book low enough to make it affordable for all poetry lovers.

Submissions Open May 15, 2021, when we will announce the theme of the first edition. I would visit Word Weaving and sign up for our email so you don’t miss any important dates.

Welcome to our weekly poetry stars celebration. This week’s challenge came from Kat who asked us to “Pick a Flower” and tell us why it is special to you,” 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.

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.ladyleemanila10.Laura19.anita dawes
2.Padre11.Annette Rochelle Aben20.Jude
3.Goutam Dutta12.theindieshe21.Heather
4.Trent13.Colleen Chesebro22.Gwen Plano
5.Reena Saxena14.Myrna Migala23.Marsha
6.willowdot2115.Laura McHarrie24.Sally Cronin
7.Cheryl16.Laura McHarrie25.
8.ruthscribbles17.Jules  
9.Jaye18.Erlyn Olivia  

I enjoyed reading all the descriptive poetry you shared, including the stunning images of every flower you could think of. It was a feast for all five senses.

This week, I selected Padre’s poem:

"Lavender Moment"

Purple
Hazy carpet
Scent enriching the air
Majestic lavender perfume
Found there
To brush
To crush or pick
Brings heavenly release
As the violet field yields bliss
For me
Join me
In my journey
Into the place of bloom
And we will share its sweet treasure
Today

©Padre

This week, I’ve asked Padre 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.

Thanks everyone! See you tomorrow for the new challenge!

#TANKA TUESDAY WEEKLY #POETRY CHALLENGE NO. 223, #THEMEPROMPT

WELCOME TO TANKA TUESDAY!

Welcome! Check out the NEW main menu item: Poetry Book Publishing Links to find poetry book publishing links, including links to literary journals and poetry magazines accepting submissions of poetry. If you know of a link to add to this list, let me know by email to tankatuesdaypoetry@gmail.com. ❤

It’s the fourth week of the month! Are you ready for a theme prompt? Kat from last month’s challenge picked the theme:

“Pick a Flower” and using one of the syllabic forms we use, tell us why it is special to you.

On the Monday recap, I’ll select someone to choose next month’s theme.

For this poetry challenge, you can write your poem in the forms defined on the cheat sheet:

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.

howmanysyllables.com

Find out how many syllables each word has. I use this site to compose my poems. Click on the “Workshop” tab, then cut and paste your poetry into the box. Click the Count Syllables button on the button. This site does the hard work for you.

I don't get it

The RULES

  • Write a poem using a form of your choice: haiku, senryu, haiga, tanka, gogyohka, haibun, tanka prose, renga, solo-renga, cinquain, and its variations, Etheree, nonet, shadorma, Badger hexastich, and Abhanga. The first of the month challenge, you can write whatever syllabic form you choose, but not this challenge.
  • 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 monthly schedule listed below:

Now, have fun and write some poetry!


#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!