TankaTuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 284, 8/9/22, #SpecificForm: 4-11

Β© Colleen Chesebro

Last month, Colleen asked Yvette Calleiro to select a syllabic form for us to learn more about. Her choice was a form that Gwen Plano created, called the 4-11. You can find her 4-11 form HERE.

I have written a two stanza 4-11 and called it pride. Hoping to give someone special a lift….they know who they are.

Photo by Alex Kingsley on Pexels.com


Take heart, grow wings
Own your true soul
Turn to the light
Forsake the pain
That lies will bring
Take your counsel
Steady your step
Grab honesty
Only then you’ll
Find honesty
Take heart, grow wings

Pride can mean more
Than vanity
The soul inside
Must be set free
Ignore the slings
And words of fools
You must be true
Fight for your rights
Be proud, be loud
Now as before
Pride can mean more.


44 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Ritu
    Aug 09, 2022 @ 13:16:10

    Brilliant, Sis!


  2. Annette Rochelle Aben
    Aug 09, 2022 @ 13:44:02

    Well done, Willow! So meaningful, both!


  3. Dan Antion
    Aug 09, 2022 @ 14:31:36

    Beautiful message, Willow – well done.


  4. rugby843
    Aug 09, 2022 @ 14:37:07

    Good oneπŸ‘πŸ»


  5. Colleen Chesebro: WordCraftPoetry
    Aug 09, 2022 @ 15:32:36

    Willow, these are such wise words and they fit into this form so well. I really love the way you put these two together. Love it!! ❀


  6. Raven
    Aug 09, 2022 @ 15:46:39

    Nicely done, I think you nailed it xx


  7. Lisa
    Aug 10, 2022 @ 00:18:22

    Those a quite nice. Plus, I love Karma Chameleon!


  8. kittysverses
    Aug 10, 2022 @ 08:58:32

    Both the poems are meaningful and beautiful. πŸ™‚


  9. harmonykentonline
    Aug 10, 2022 @ 10:32:17

    Both are so powerful, Willow. I hope they help your friend. Hugs πŸ’•πŸ™‚


  10. balroop2013
    Aug 10, 2022 @ 15:07:17

    Lovely thoughts Willow and I agree…be proud! Well-done!


  11. robertawrites235681907
    Aug 10, 2022 @ 17:30:01

    These are both excellent poems, Willow.


  12. yvettemcalleiro
    Aug 10, 2022 @ 21:42:01

    I love both poems, Willow! And I absolutely love the video! It brought back great memories! πŸ™‚


  13. memadtwo
    Aug 11, 2022 @ 11:48:12

    Strong and necessary sentiments. (K)


  14. Gwen M. Plano
    Aug 11, 2022 @ 18:11:10

    Beautiful and powerful, Willow. 🌈


  15. Smorgasbord - Variety is the Spice of Life.
    Aug 11, 2022 @ 21:01:12

    Both stunning Willow β™₯


  16. Dale
    Aug 12, 2022 @ 01:39:07

    Nicely done!


  17. margaret21
    Aug 14, 2022 @ 06:31:25

    Great sentiments, so well expressed.


  18. indishe
    Aug 14, 2022 @ 09:24:39

    “Take heart,grow wings ”
    Such a beautiful message πŸ’ž
    It made me smile 😊


  19. ben Alexander
    Aug 15, 2022 @ 17:52:25

    That is such a GOOD SONG that you shared at the bottom, Willow – I love that music video!

    And your poem is so strengthening – I hope your friend takes it to heart!



  20. Salone Messenger
    Aug 16, 2022 @ 13:23:38



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