#TankaTuesday Weekly #Syllabic #Poetry Challenge No. 311, 3/14/23


This week Colleen’s challenge is Synonyms Only. That means you must select synonyms for the two words below. Submit by March 19, 2023.

spring & green

(any definition of the words.)

I have chosen an 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. The Abhanga is of childhood memories, mum cooking spring greens.


Such childhood memories
The smell in the kitchen
I didn’t love it then
Mum cooked just right.

Those viridescent veg
They will make your hair curl
Make you a healthy girl
Mum was so right.

The verdant early leaves
Fresh like the new season
Taste reminds me of fun
Mum cooked just right.

Part of Colleen Chesebro’s Tuesday Tanka.

50 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Annette Rochelle Aben
    Mar 14, 2023 @ 13:19:39

    I love cabbage! We were raised on it too. Fine job here, Willow. πŸ™‚


  2. Colleen M. Chesebro
    Mar 14, 2023 @ 14:29:44

    To this day, I still my green cabbages, all varities. Your abhanga made me smile. Thanks so much, Willow. πŸ’šπŸ₯¬


  3. Ritu
    Mar 14, 2023 @ 16:48:03

    I enjoyed this Sis! 😊


  4. robertawrites235681907
    Mar 14, 2023 @ 17:06:24

    A lovely poem about your mom’s cooking and wisdom, Willow.


  5. JT Twissel
    Mar 14, 2023 @ 17:45:25

    Lovely! My mother overcooked vegetables as is common where she grew up – New England. Took me a while to enjoy veggies.


  6. JezzieG
    Mar 14, 2023 @ 20:00:56

    Cabbage means bubbleandsqueaks – yummy!


  7. Luanne
    Mar 14, 2023 @ 21:50:36

    Aw, I love that movement of emotion!


  8. D.L. Finn, Author
    Mar 14, 2023 @ 22:19:19

    Moms were usually right about eating our cabbage!


  9. msjadeli
    Mar 15, 2023 @ 00:50:50

    That cabbage looks so healthy and it’s a potent symbol for a mother’s love and care. Nice remembrance, Willow.


  10. Dan Antion
    Mar 15, 2023 @ 11:57:33

    I’d have to substitute my grandmother (my mom wasn’t the greatest cook) but this makes me smile.


  11. Dale
    Mar 16, 2023 @ 04:36:25

    My aunt made the best cabbage soup ever. I was never able to replicate it.
    Love your poem..


  12. poetisatinta
    Mar 16, 2023 @ 17:20:45

    Lovely poem – I just love spring greens πŸ₯¬


  13. Milena Alien
    Mar 19, 2023 @ 22:40:51



  14. judeitakali
    Mar 20, 2023 @ 08:38:38

    Love it.πŸ₯΄


  15. yvettemcalleiro
    Mar 20, 2023 @ 19:18:33

    I’m not a fan of cabbage, but I do love your poem, Willow!

    Yvette M Calleiro πŸ™‚


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