#TankaTuesday Weekly #PhotoPrompt #Poetry Challenge No. 310, 3/7/23


This week Colleen has sent us a photo prompt she said: “This week’s challenge is a photo prompt. This year, I’ve asked my friend, and photographer, Terri Webster Schrandt, from secondwindleisure.com to share her photos with us for inspiration. Terri runs a weekly photo challenge called Sunday Stills. Check it out HERE. “

Terri says: “This is a photo of Nine Mile Falls, after which our little community is named.  I captured this last March when the water district let out the water of the Spokane River to create Lake Spokane. When you drive by, the mist from the falls hits the windshield enough to use the wiper blades. In certain light, it really looks this green.”

🍀 Write your poem using the photo as your inspiration. 🍀

I have chosen to try a pantoum this week. I have used verdure and lushly for green, but the photo suggested pure to me.

The pantoum consists of a series of quatrains rhyming, abab, in which the second and fourth lines of a quatrain recur as the first and third lines in the succeeding quatrain; each quatrain introduces a new second rhyme, as bcbc, cdcd.
The last line of a pantoum is often the same as the first.


Water spirits so alive and pure
Dancing in such glory
Mingle with the verdure
Between them they tell the story

Dancing in such glory
Earth and water lushly combine
Between them they tell the story
The mix is spiritual and divine

Earth and water lushly combine
An offering to Nature
The mix is spiritual and divine.
Two elementals true and sure

An offering to Nature
Spirit mists kiss as before
Two elements true and sure
Water spirits so alive and pure

41 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Ritu
    Mar 07, 2023 @ 07:16:04

    Beautiful, Sis


  2. robbiesinspiration
    Mar 07, 2023 @ 13:12:20

    This is wonderful, Willow.


  3. Chel Owens
    Mar 07, 2023 @ 15:27:13

    Masterful. I didn’t even know ‘vendure’ was a word and it rhymes so well!


  4. Chel Owens
    Mar 07, 2023 @ 15:28:59

    Masterful. I didn’t even know ‘vendure’ was a word and it rhymes so well.


  5. writerravenclaw
    Mar 07, 2023 @ 15:31:36

    Brilliant, lovely poem.


  6. Dan Antion
    Mar 07, 2023 @ 16:13:20

    That’s very good, Willow. I am (was) unfamiliar with this type of structure. At least I don’t remember it well. It seems difficult although you make it look easy.


  7. Luanne
    Mar 07, 2023 @ 18:11:04

    This is very pretty. Well done!


  8. Colleen M. Chesebro
    Mar 07, 2023 @ 19:33:03

    Willow, this is stunning! What a beautiful poem. 💚


  9. Dale
    Mar 07, 2023 @ 20:10:15

    That was truly lovely, Willow
    Did you want it to be verdure instead of vendure?


  10. SelmaMartin
    Mar 08, 2023 @ 03:28:13

    Luscious and de-licious, Willow. Thanks. Pantoums are so hard to write.You makeit look easy. Prowess!


  11. poetisatinta
    Mar 08, 2023 @ 19:22:34

    Great pantoum Willow 🙂


  12. msjadeli
    Mar 08, 2023 @ 22:26:56

    You brought this image to life with your lovely pantoum.


  13. Terri Webster Schrandt
    Mar 08, 2023 @ 23:09:35

    This is so beautiful, Willow! I can see the water sprites dancing in the spring waters as it falls from the dam to be let loose into the river! Your pantoum is magical!


  14. yvettemcalleiro
    Mar 09, 2023 @ 17:57:15

    What a cool format, Willow! Your poem is beautiful! I loved it.

    Yvette M Calleiro 🙂


  15. Terri Webster Schrandt
    Mar 10, 2023 @ 22:10:05

    Hi again, Willow, would you mind if I share your beautiful poem on my Sunday Stills post? Of course I will link it to this post 🙂


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  17. Jennie
    Mar 12, 2023 @ 01:19:36

    What a beautiful poem!


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