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

Colleen has been on a well deserved holiday but now she is back with our first prompt of July. This week, we choose our own syllabic form and a color to feature in our syllabic poem. But, Colleen said “let’s add a little something else to make it special! This week, along with a color, add some weather to 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.

I have chosen the colour red and rain. I have written a Sijo.

The Sijo, a Korean form believed to have first been used in the fourteenth century. It is similar in structure to various Japanese forms such as Haiku. As with many forms of poetry, the Sijo became a preferred poetry form of the yangban or ruling class as well as royalty. They were written in Chinese and were originally short songs set to music. The focus of the Sijo is usually nature and contemplation. We’ll try that to begin with.

There are:

Three Lines
14-16 syllables per line
A total of 44-46 syllables for the entire poem.
To know how many syllables in a particular word try HowManySyllables.com.

Lost Choice

Dark shades block out colours, rain falls, mother earth weeps in shock.
Red dress and cloak, female beauty hidden. Choice ripped away.
Rain falls in torrents it cannot wash away the sins of the world.


This is part of Colleen’s Tuesday Tanka Challenge.

49 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Ritu
    Jul 05, 2022 @ 17:36:01

    Love it! 💛💛


  2. Dan Antion
    Jul 05, 2022 @ 23:18:18

    Very nice, Willow. Nothing can wash away these stains.


  3. Lisa
    Jul 06, 2022 @ 00:17:55

    Very nice. And so, so appropriate for the world today.


  4. Dale
    Jul 06, 2022 @ 02:05:43

    Disturbing but well done!


  5. Lauren
    Jul 06, 2022 @ 03:58:14

    Very nice job Willow


  6. harmonykentonline
    Jul 06, 2022 @ 08:45:27

    Very topical and on point. Love this, Willow 💕🙂


  7. RuthScribbles
    Jul 06, 2022 @ 16:45:57

    “Cannot wash away the sins of the world.” great line


  8. yvettemcalleiro
    Jul 07, 2022 @ 10:21:09

    That was powerful, Willow! Well done! 🙂


  9. Colleen Chesebro: WordCraftPoetry
    Jul 07, 2022 @ 14:40:22

    This is excellent, Willow. I’m still in shock! We are all afraid. What do you do with a congress that can’t act and a Supreme Court that is now ruling against the will of the people? I saw Boris resigned today. I pray for both of our countries as we all struggle to find our way in this ever changing world. ❤


  10. Marje @ Kyrosmagica
    Jul 08, 2022 @ 05:19:20

    Wonderful emotion in this, Willow. X


  11. Sri
    Jul 09, 2022 @ 07:05:24

    This is beautiful and scary at the same time!


  12. judeitakali
    Jul 09, 2022 @ 07:24:57

    Absolutely love the depth. very evocative.


  13. memadtwo
    Jul 09, 2022 @ 20:30:10

    It’s frightening indeed…what will be next? (K)


  14. Smorgasbord - Variety is the Spice of Life.
    Jul 11, 2022 @ 10:39:57

    Powerful but scary Willow.. beautifully expressed.. ♥


  15. Marsha
    Jul 11, 2022 @ 19:57:36

    I can see why you thought that about the color red and the quote from which I took the title. OMG. I hadn’t read your post. It’s a beautiful song and well done. Your poem echoes the strong emotion of the song wonderfully.


  16. robertawrites235681907
    Jul 12, 2022 @ 16:44:44

    Hi Willow, it is ironic that I should read this poem while Baby one more time by Britney Spears plays in the background.


  17. undiarly
    Jul 21, 2022 @ 23:53:13

    this was beautifully written


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