#TankaTuesday Weekly Poetry Challenge No. 305, 1/31/23


短歌 火曜日


This week Colleen suggests we try Random word poetry. Which is something that Jane Dougherty started writing last year. Colleen said : “I think this is a great way to find inspiration, so let’s try it.

Below, I’ve generated a list of 100 random words. The idea is to read through the words, searching for a word that sparks your inspiration.

Then, choose no less than three words to use in your poem.

You can use as many words as you’d like, but at a minimum—you must use three words from the list. This is a great time to experiment with freestyle or free verse poetry (defined on the cheat sheet).

If you write a free verse or freestyle poem, please include a syllabic form to accompany it. That means you’ll write two poems. Have fun making connections between the two forms.

I chose to write an Abhanga. The Abhanga a poem in any number of 4-line stanzas with 6-6-6-4 syllables each. L2 and L3 rhyme. The end rhyme scheme is abbc. It is customary to title your poetry.

These are the words I chose *Rambunctious *maddening *dysfunctional * rampant *sashay *bizarre
*Quicksand *unruly* hurl *walk *capricious *innocent *voyage
“mayhem *push *clocks *trap *brick *carry *safe

The child

That child is maddening
Rambunctious slight of hand
Quicksilver and quicksand
Slipping your grasp.

Unruly they hurl past
Dysfunctional they say
They don’t walk they sashay
Lion rampant.

Capricious and bizarre
They’re still an innocent
Their voyage mayhem bent
Still but a dream.

Don’t push them to watch clocks
Don’t trap or brick them up
Their spirits need such luck
Carry them safe


62 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Jane Dougherty
    Jan 31, 2023 @ 15:36:03

    Ha ha! The words you chose go so well with a lot of children I can think of 🙂


  2. glyn40wilton
    Jan 31, 2023 @ 16:03:19

    Lovely poem. I’m just a big kid at heart myself.


  3. Destiny
    Jan 31, 2023 @ 16:20:13

    Such lovely poetry Willow🤍

    “Carry them safe”… Most certainly we must 🤍


  4. robertawrites235681907
    Jan 31, 2023 @ 16:25:10

    Hi Willow, I really like this poem, it so different and clever.


  5. Colleen M. Chesebro
    Jan 31, 2023 @ 17:20:15

    Willow, this Abhanga series is brilliant! Your grandson is adorable. Love it! Great poem. 💛


  6. Ritu
    Jan 31, 2023 @ 17:21:55

    Love it, Sis 💛


  7. JT Twissel
    Jan 31, 2023 @ 17:40:06

    Wonderful! Poem goes perfectly with that adorable child!


  8. poetisatinta
    Jan 31, 2023 @ 17:45:09

    Beautiful imagery of children and love the last line 🙂


  9. msjadeli
    Jan 31, 2023 @ 17:46:48

    I like the light of hope by the end. No child is beyond help.


  10. Susan St.Pierre
    Jan 31, 2023 @ 18:47:48

    A beautifully crafted poem with a message that I wholly like!


  11. quiall
    Jan 31, 2023 @ 20:09:04

    That definitely describes my childhood! Well done.


  12. Dale
    Jan 31, 2023 @ 20:37:12

    Perfect words chosen to represent most children!
    Very nicely done.


  13. Lisa
    Jan 31, 2023 @ 21:05:31

    You certainly know children, and the importance of letting them be those bizarre creatures!


  14. Dan Antion
    Jan 31, 2023 @ 22:30:31

    Wow! Willow, this sounded complicated, but you did a great job. A great job handling children, too.


  15. joylennick
    Feb 01, 2023 @ 10:09:11

    Wise words. Children (some!) A breeze one moment, a
    hurricane the next! Great poem.


  16. D.L. Finn, Author
    Feb 03, 2023 @ 16:54:41

    Wow! Great use of all those words.


  17. Jennie
    Feb 04, 2023 @ 13:54:34

    Wise words, Willow. Well done!


  18. yvettemcalleiro
    Feb 04, 2023 @ 22:32:59

    Yes! Let kids be rambunctious, wild, and free! I love it, Willow!
    Yvette M Calleiro 🙂


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  20. Elizabeth
    Feb 14, 2023 @ 18:45:22

    I agree, no rushing kids, they need to enjoy each moment. Beautiflul poem.


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