#TankaTuesday Weekly #Poetry Challenge No. 321, 5/23/23: Acrostic.


短歌 火曜日

Tanka Tuesday Specific Form Prompt: colorful blocks spell: specific

Colleen, our mentor, said:This week’s challenge is to write a specific form with a twist! And I messed it up, I did not use the words she provided for us. Which are:


Write an acrostic poem with a syllable count of 8, 9, or 10 syllables per line (all the same, or a mixture of syllable counts, is fine).

Now I did not read the challenge properly and used my own word , Space… Well Colleen pointed this out to me. So here is my second and correct entry .

I chose SPECTER and used the syllables in each line of Eight, Nine, Nine, Eight, Eight, Ten, Ten.

Spirit of the dark a ghostly
hantom swirling through the woods at night
thereal and ghostly you fill
ompletely my soul and body
read carefully for my nerves are
lectric and I am wired to fly
eveal yourself specter and spare my soul

This is part of Colleen Chesebro’s Tuesday Tanka Challenge.

Author: willowdot21

Female, wife, full time mother and Grandmother. I am not as happy go lucky as I used to be but I am still bubbling along on simmer! I have three handsome sons all grown and flown.The youngest married with a beautiful wife and two sons of his own. Eleven years ago I was working, running a home, driving and socializing then bang in a split second all that was gone. I had an accident at home. I broke my back, not for the first time, I had broken it 10 years previously as well. Unfortunately this time I had broken it really badly and it was truly messed up so I had to have two operations. I was told before each operation that the outcome could mean I spend the rest of my life in a wheelchair. Still as some guy once wrote "I am still standing " yes "better than I ever was " not quite but with the help of a walking stick and as long as I do not stand or sit in one position for too long, I am still standing! Update I no longer use the walking stick . I had lots of friends before the accident but when things like this happen, you loose most of them. Their lives move on and mine stood still and so they left me behind ...I know that is just the way life is but it hurt and always will. Then I looked around and saw those who were still there for me, these friends are the roses in my garden they need to be tended well. They are the diamonds in the dust, I will of been married 50yrs plus this year . Pain and boredom are my enemies now, I have to find different ways to approach life, use my pain befriend it almost...yer right , well that is what they tell me at the pain clinic ROFLMAO ...... if only I could! I have found an outlet for my fears, frustrations and night terrors . I have started writing poetry if that name can be applied to my writing. I hope I do not come over as a moaning winger. I hope I am past all that. I also hope that you might see how the poetry is moving from very dark through the grey and hopefully in to light ?? I need to update this a little here. I have worked very hard over the years since my accident, I go to the gym regularly, I have a Pilates class and a core class once a week . The guys at the gym and my Pilates teacher cajoled, teased, bullied and encouraged me to abandon my walking stick! :) My back is no longer straight it is C shaped because of the injury and I have lost two and a half inches in height but my Pilates and Core teachers have helped me to stand up as straight and as strongly as possible. Pain and depression are still hanging on my arm but I have weapons to use against them and if I say so myself I cope well. I have made lots of new friends, real diamonds. I am also very grateful for all the support and help I have encountered here on Wordpress. Hugs and welcome to everyone who visits.

70 thoughts on “#TankaTuesday Weekly #Poetry Challenge No. 321, 5/23/23: Acrostic.”

    1. Hi Yvette I had trouble with the links this week, I did two poems neither of the links were working. I have added them yet again I think they are working now . Thank you for taking the effort to find my blog 💜💜

  1. I didn’t see that additional info in my email if the prompt either but I’m not writing another. I thought the twist was in the syllable number

    1. I was exactly the same and did space thrn the links didn’t work after I’d written a second one so I had to repost the links … arrrrrrrrrrrrrrgh!

  2. The “specter” is perfect. Everyone has had trouble with the links. I’ll go in and clean them up and find everyone’s poetry. My blog was acting up again, too. It’s the WP updates. So frustrating! 🦄

      1. I had problems with the themes, too. If you’re on a theme that has been discontinued, you should look at switching themes. They are causing lots of problems now. If you need help, I can help you. 💟

      2. We’re all on JetPack. I subscribe to some of the WP forums and learn about many of the changes there. If you decide to change your theme, seach for classic themes. Those are the current themes. The FSE themes (full site editing themes will make you cry. Don’t mess with them). LOL! If your theme isn’t listed there, it is not current. I know quite a few folks had to change their themes this week because their old themes are no longer supported. There’s always something with WP. It’s not like it used to be. 💟

      3. Yes indeed and no warning at all. My theme is Koi and it’s still there so I assume it is an okay theme. I am grateful for your advice ☺️

      4. Oh! Thank you Colleen, which one would you suggest, I admit I work mostly on my mobile so I don’t often look at the laptop version. Thank you for the link I will check it out 💗💜💜

      5. Go into your dash board: Appearance: Themes: and type in: feature: classic themes. This will get you to the themes you’re used to using with the customizer. These themes give you an option to try them. That should help you.

  3. Very good 🙂
    I didn’t read the instructions through the first time either 😉
    But I caught my mistakes and did some editing and well having the adventure helped 🙂

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