©Colleen Chesebro


Here we are for another #TankaTuesday poetry challenge! Bought to us by Colleen Chesebro, this week it’s a Theme prompt selected this week by Harmony

This month’s theme is: “The Longest Day”

I chose to write a Diatelle but with a cheat.

The Diatelle is a fun, syllable counting form like the etheree with a twist. The syllable structure of the diatelle is as follows: 1/2/3/4/6/8/10/12/10/8/6/4/3/2/1, but unlike an ethere, has a set rhyme pattern of abbcbccaccbcbba. This poetry form may be written on any subject matter and looks best center aligned in a diamond shape.

The Diatelle form was created by Bradley Vrooman.

My cheat was I wrote in the alloted syllables per line but I wrote free verse… Sometimes rules need bending.

The longest day.

© willowdot21

Too early
For me flashing
Throwing her glory round
Like a cloak of many colours
Gold, red and pink she blinds me with her light
Her warmth already fierce yet she will run the course.
By noon she has all but the mad beaten.
As afternoon spreads out she bakes us .
Languid we hide in shade
Evening she
Wains, colours
And heat

©hotpinkwellingtons, © willowdot21

46 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Dan Antion
    Jul 26, 2022 @ 12:52:47

    The timeline of a sunny day. Well done, even if it brings back memories of baking in 99 degree heat.


  2. Ritu
    Jul 26, 2022 @ 13:45:59

    Beautiful, Sis 💛🙏🏼


  3. harmonykentonline
    Jul 26, 2022 @ 14:48:35

    Oh, Willow, this is wonderful! I love this. Brilliantly done 💕🙂


  4. M
    Jul 26, 2022 @ 16:44:27

    Wait, is there supposed to be a rhyming scheme ?


  5. robertawrites235681907
    Jul 26, 2022 @ 17:11:33

    This is a wonderful poem, Willow.


  6. Miriam Hurdle
    Jul 26, 2022 @ 18:24:43

    Very well done, Willow! ❤


  7. rugby843
    Jul 26, 2022 @ 19:50:08

    Love this one. Throwing her glory around—fantastic

    Sent from my iPhone



  8. Marje @ Kyrosmagica
    Jul 26, 2022 @ 20:41:56

    Gold, red and pink she blinds me with her light. Love it! Nice one, Willow. ❤ x


  9. Dale
    Jul 27, 2022 @ 00:03:08

    I adore your cheat!! A beautiful one, my friend. 🧡🧡


  10. wordsandcoffee1
    Jul 27, 2022 @ 02:24:26

    The form fit your imagery and the theme so well!


  11. margaret21
    Jul 28, 2022 @ 12:44:45

    A real feeling of summer and the Longest Day here!


  12. Colleen Chesebro: WordCraftPoetry
    Jul 28, 2022 @ 14:50:32

    Oh, very good, Willow. I like that used the imagery of the sun baking us! It’s truly becoming a problem all around the world. Climate change is indeed, very real. ☀️


  13. D.L. Finn, Author
    Jul 29, 2022 @ 03:08:42

    I love this and it done in free verse 🙂


  14. yvettemcalleiro
    Jul 29, 2022 @ 20:41:43

    That was beautiful, Willow! “Throwing her glory round”…. Love it! 🙂


  15. judeitakali
    Jul 30, 2022 @ 08:15:20

    Impressive diatelle. It’s a challenging form. Beautiful too.


  16. balroop2013
    Jul 31, 2022 @ 14:28:30

    What a lovely metaphor! I like the love-hate relationship with “she.” 😊


  17. Gwen M. Plano
    Aug 01, 2022 @ 11:25:34

    Beautiful, Willow. Well-crafted and great metaphor! 🌞


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