Colleen's 2020 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 170, #ThemePrompt

WELCOME TO TANKA TUESDAY! It’s the fourth week of the month – time for a #ThemePrompt! Last month, I selected Sally Cronin to pick this month’s theme: The Night Sky On the Monday before the next challenge, I’ll select someone to choose next month’s theme. Have fun! PLEASE support the other poets by visiting blogs .

Stars

Tinkle

Like Diamonds

In the night sky

I escape in dreams.

Seeing all I fly by

Dreams sparkle brightly always.

Stars thrown like dice scattered like rice.

Thrown just like a wager or a bet

Stars in the night sky shine like true diamonds.

Image from Pixabay.

This is part of Colleen Chesebro’s Tanka Tuesday.

Colleen’s 2019 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 169 #PhotoPrompt

WELCOME TO TANKA TUESDAY!

It’s the third week of the month! Time for a #PhotoPrompt

So for Colleen’s Tuesday Tanka, we have a photo prompt from….

Padre, from Padre’s Ramblings, provided the photo for this month’s challenge. What does this photo say to you? Write some syllabic poetry and tell me what you think. Make sure to give Padre credit for the use of his photo.

This week I have chosen to write a Gogyohka.

Image Credit: ©2020 Padre

Was it the red wine

Or the stars in her blue eyes

That gave her away

Elated one moment broken the next

Smashed like an empty bottle of wine.

Colleen’s 2020 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 168 #SynonymsOnly

Here are your two words selected by Ruth Scribbles, from last month’s #SyllablesOnly challenge:

COMFORT & WORN

This week I have taken inspiration from when our eldest was three, he was ill and in hospital. My husband drew a picture of him sleeping in the hospital bed, clutching his beloved blanket.

Ever since he could hold it he was attached to a multicoloured blanket my mother had crocheted for him. First it was a pram blanket, then it moved to the cot finally it was dragged around everywhere. He would not go to bed without it so it had to be washed and dried as quickly as possible amid long and loud protestations!

He truly loved his blanket, sadly two of his cousins, older but not wiser, decided to hide it. We did substitute another blanket my mum had made, which did suffice but was not quite the same. I am happy to say that when he was about eight,and the old friend was only used at bedtime or when ill, went to his first cubs camp, the blanket was reluctantly left behind…he survived and pretty soon the blanket was relinquished. He still smiles if the blanket is mentioned, and he is 47years 💜

Below I have included the picture hubby drew in the hospital. Our has his blanket to his nose and a yellow Teddy.

I have written a Haiku in the shortened form of 3/5/3. I think that the shorter version is sometimes more powerful.

Drawn by Hubby.
© willowdot21 2020

The blanket

Though old and tattered

Brings such peace.

*****

This week, Colleen is looking for Haibun (Prose & Haiku) and Tanka Prose (Prose and Tanka) to use as examples in her book. Colleen is also going through our blogs and leaving us messages of poetry that she’d like to share in the book. As always, you retain all rights to your work and Colleen will give you credit in the Bibliography. Email her at tankatuesdaypoetry@gmail.com. If she dosen’t answer you right away, please don’t panic. She’ll get to all the emails as she continues to compile the examples. Thanks so much for your help.

This is part of Colleen’s Weekly Tuesday Tanka.

Colleen’s 2020 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 167, #Poet’sChoice

WELCOME TO TANKA TUESDAY!

It’s the first of the month and we know whatever that means! Poets, Choose your own syllabic poetry form, theme, words, images, etc. It’s up to you!

This week I chose a simple Etheree.

Pressure

Image from Pixabay

The

pressure

Weighs heavy

My shoulders bend

Dragging me under

With fear in tidal waves

Blindly I search but in vain

The answer is hidden from me

One foot after the other deeper

Caught up in the quagmire, under pressure.

*****

Colleen’s 2020 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 166, #ThemePrompt

WELCOME TO TANKA TUESDAY!

Challenge Badge

It’s the fourth week of the month! Ken Gierke selected this month’s theme prompt. On the Monday before the next challenge, Colleen will select someone to choose next month’s theme. Have fun! Today’s words are.

“FINDING CLARITY”

This week I have written a Gogyoka.

******

As I crash through life

Missing chances

Breaking promises

Hoping always to discover

The one true light.

© willowdot21 2019

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

Colleen’s 2019 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 165 #PhotoPrompt

It’s the third week of the month! Time for a photo prompt for Colleen’s Tuesday Tanka. This month Colleen has asked Ritu to provide the photo.


Colleen is looking for Senyru for her book, examples of 3/5/3 and 2/3/2 formats. So I have tried one of each.

Image Credit: © Ritu Bhathal

Firstly a 5/3/5 Senyru

Real fear inspired

Fills the Night.

By evil facade

Secondly a 2/3/2 Senyru

House lit

Unholy.

Chills me.

Colleen’s 2020 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 164 #SynonymsOnly

This week Colleen has given us the words Love and Harmony, to use synonymously.

Today I struggling with love and harmony, I think it may of coloured my Tanka.

What good is devotion

When it causes termoil.

Discord, reins supreme

Agony pulls the heart strings

No tranquil, coexistence

*******

Part of Colleen Chesebro’s Tanka Tuesday Challenge.

Colleen’s 2020 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 163, #Poet’sChoice

Today I have decided to try my first Gogyoka for Colleen’s Tuesday Tanka Challenge. I have set the Rules out below and I think I have followed the five basics.

Five rules of Gogyohka by Enta Kusakabe (1983).

  • Gogyohka is a new form of short poem that is based on the ancient Japanese Tanka and Kodai kayo.
  • Gogyohka has five lines, but exceptionally may have four or six.
  • Each line of Gogyohka consists of one phrase with a line-break after each phrase or breath.
  • Gogyohka has no restraint on numbers of words or syllables.
  • The theme of Gogyohka is unrestricted.

The two words I have chosen to use synonymously are FEVER AND COLD.

Germs are attacking me

Raging around my body

Burning temperature

Cough keeping me from sleep

It would make a lesser mortal weep.

******

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Colleen’s 2020 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 162, #ThemePrompt

WELCOME TO TANKA TUESDAY!

Challenge Badge

It’s the fourth week of the month which means I’ll pick a theme for you to write about for this month. On the Monday before the next challenge, I’ll select someone to choose next month’s theme.

This month’s theme is: “The Circle of Life”

I have done two sets of Haiku. In syllables of, 5/7/5, 3/5/3 and 2/3/2. One set on human life and the other set on nature.

Image from here

Of the womb we are born

We flourish and grow full bloom

Then we turn to multch

*******

Born from womb

Encompassing life

All things die

*******

We’re born

Then we grow

We die

********

Image from Pixabay

Seeds germinate life

Blossoms germinate full bloom

Life drains down through roots

********

Blossom grows

From seed and life roots

Cycle ends.

*******

Blooms

Petals spread

Then sleep

*******

Colleen’s Weekly Tuesday Tanka Challenge.

Colleen’s 2019 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 161 #PhotoPrompt

It is the third Tuesday of the month and so it time for our photo prompt from Colleen.

This month’s photo prompt has been provided by me. What does the photo say to you, tell your story in syllabic poetry. Just rely on your emotions.

The young couple at the airport told us (the old couple) of their very recent wedding. They spoke of how beautiful and lavish it had been . They enthused about the food and the guests and the sun-kissed honeymoon they were about to embark on. Yet the bride’s eyes and hands told me a more valid story.

Life’s Patterns, A Nonet.

My

Hands show

Rich patterns

Of my new life

Painted carefully

By Auntys and sisters

To prepare me , as the bride

My heart soars at the sight of them

I am now joined to the man I love.

They symbolise our new path together.

©2019 Willow Willers

I wish them well.

This is part of Colleen’s Tuesday Tanka Challenge.

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