It’s the fifth Tuesday of the month! This is our chance to work with a specific syllabic poetry form. So, take this opportunity to learn more about the particular form. You can use any subject, theme, or words to convey your message.

This week’s form is:



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Look straight at me please
Don’t ignore me I am here
I may be older
But I have life in me yet
Have you any compassion?

This is part of Colleen’s Tuesday Tanka Challenge.

28 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. kimbladeswritingblog
    Sep 29, 2020 @ 07:46:34

    Hello Willow. This is a lovely tanka and I know it is also a response to Sue Vincent’s recent post. Take care and stay well.


  2. kimbladeswritingblog
    Sep 29, 2020 @ 07:54:39

    It’s a pleasure, Willow. xx


  3. Ritu
    Sep 29, 2020 @ 10:27:02

    Love it, Sis 🥰


  4. Colleen M. Chesebro
    Sep 29, 2020 @ 21:04:41

    Well done, Willow. I couldn’t agree with you more! ❤


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  6. Marsha
    Sep 30, 2020 @ 04:01:32

    Beautiful. I love the line, “Look straight at me, please.” I just published a guest post about a woman who had advice to the aging to avoid invisibility and stay relevant. Your tanka would be a perfect addition to that post. 🙂 I like the picture, too. Actually, on second reading, I love all the lines. Excellent work, Willow Dot.


    • willowdot21
      Sep 30, 2020 @ 04:25:02

      Thank you Marsha, am very touched by the way we are treated as we get older. I was taught to respect my elders..sadly it does not seem to be the way of the world anymore. I am so glad my Tanka touched you too 💜


      • Marsha
        Sep 30, 2020 @ 04:48:13

        I was taught that too, but I remember being so bored visiting my great-great aunts who were bedridden in their 90s. But going to visit them gave our grandparents and parents a chance to teach us about our past, and that made them young and relevant to us.

      • willowdot21
        Sep 30, 2020 @ 05:42:02

        That’s the point of generations mixing , we did the same. My mother in law died of Covid on the brain in June she was 100 and fit and living on her own . She was a wealth of knowledge and fiesty!

      • Marsha
        Sep 30, 2020 @ 14:53:58

        I’m so sorry for your loss, Willowdot. How wonderful to be able to live on her own for all her life. That’s so amazing. Not too many people get to do that even at 70 or 80. I hope I can be independent all my life and die in my sleep, or at least peacefully without a ton of pain.

      • willowdot21
        Sep 30, 2020 @ 15:26:29

        She had a wonderful life, sadly thanks to virus she did not die peacefully. But yes she had a full life 💜

      • Marsha
        Sep 30, 2020 @ 19:03:45

        I’m so sorry. I’m sure she had respiratory issues. Mom did not die peacefully either. It wrenches your heart when that happens. You are so helpless.

      • willowdot21
        Sep 30, 2020 @ 17:20:46

        Yes it’s awful, she had delirium and kept pulling all her tubes out, and fighting the medical staff when they tried to replace them 💜

      • Marsha
        Oct 01, 2020 @ 01:52:37

        Oh my gosh, that is tragic. How is your husband doing with all of it?

      • willowdot21
        Oct 01, 2020 @ 05:22:52

        It’s been very hard, he has had to deal with funeral, the house sale, the estate and his two siblings have done nothing but be obstructive and even aggressive. It’s not been a good year but we move on. No everyone in the world has had a bad year. 💜

      • Marsha
        Oct 01, 2020 @ 12:36:30

        My heart goes out to your both, Willowdot. Dividing estates often brings out the worst in people and ruins their relationships. I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers. Sometimes there is nothing we can do ourselves.

      • willowdot21
        Oct 01, 2020 @ 13:00:04

        Thank you Marsha I appreciate your kind words. Things can only improve 💜

      • Marsha
        Oct 01, 2020 @ 22:16:42

        Yes. Take care, Willowdot. You are doing what is best for you by blogging and writing right now.

      • willowdot21
        Oct 02, 2020 @ 04:46:29

        Thank Marsha 💜💜

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