#TankaTuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 280, 7/12/22, #SpecificForm: Lanturne or Lanterne

#TankaTuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 280, 7/12/22, #SpecificForm: Lanturne or Lanterne


Last month, Colleen asked Lisa, the VerseSmith to select a syllabic form for us to learn more about. Her choice was the lanturne or lanterne. Colleen says:”The lanturne is a kind of shape poetry. Many say it originated from Japan, but I found no evidence to support that claim.”

The lanturne is a five-line verse shaped like a Japanese lantern with a syllabic pattern of one, two, three, four, one. (1, 2, 3, 4, 1).

This week, write a lanturne poem or a series of lanturne poems. Oh(A series gets you extra credit, by the way). The only thing I ask is that you do not use “ing” ending words to satisfy the word count.


Wikipedia.org shares:

“A lanterne is a cinquain form of poetry, in which the first line has one syllable and each subsequent line increases in length by one syllable, except for the final line that concludes the poem with one syllable (1-2-3-4-1). Its name derives from the lantern shape that appears when the poem is aligned to the center of the page.

Each line of the lanterne is able to stand on its own, and while the poem may or may not be given a title, the title of a lanterne sometimes functions as an integral part of the poem, working as a ‘sixth’ line.”


You can find more facts a Colleen’s page as well as comments and entries here at Colleen’s Tuesday Tanka Challenge.

I have chosen Death as the theme and I have written a series of lanturne poems.

Comes to
All. None can
Excede their time

Has no
He stands alone

His sythe
In hand waits
Black cloak wrapped tight

Turns your
Hour glass
Your time is up

In no rush
Time on his side


28 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Ritu
    Jul 12, 2022 @ 11:18:31

    Well done, Sis!


  2. Eugenia
    Jul 12, 2022 @ 13:29:34

    Brilliantly penned, Willow.


  3. D.L. Finn, Author
    Jul 12, 2022 @ 21:40:14

    Chilling and true, Willow.


  4. Lisa
    Jul 13, 2022 @ 02:15:44

    Those are wonderful! Chilling as well. 🙂


  5. judeitakali
    Jul 13, 2022 @ 07:06:45

    Amazing and chilling sequence of lanturnes.


  6. Dale
    Jul 13, 2022 @ 21:11:41

    Very well done, Madam!


  7. memadtwo
    Jul 14, 2022 @ 09:36:17

    Always lurking. (K)


  8. Dan Antion
    Jul 14, 2022 @ 20:18:10

    Nicely done – no escape.


  9. yvettemcalleiro
    Jul 16, 2022 @ 23:15:20

    That was fantastic, Willow! 🙂


  10. ben Alexander
    Jul 17, 2022 @ 08:08:46

    Willow, this is so good… I would only add that death is not always spurned – that’s something I’ve been thinking a lot about over the past several years.

    Much love,


  11. Colleen Chesebro: WordCraftPoetry
    Jul 17, 2022 @ 16:51:16

    Dark truths in this lanturne series, Willow. You nailed it! ❤


  12. Gwen M. Plano
    Jul 19, 2022 @ 00:04:13

    Weighty message, beautiful verse. Well done, Willow.


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