TANKATUESDAY Weekly #POETRY CHALLENGE NO. 286, 8/23/22, #THEMEPROMP.

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WELCOME TO TANKA TUESDAY!

Here we are for another #TankaTuesday poetry challenge! Are you ready for a theme prompt? Sarah selected this month’s theme:

LESSONS FROM NATURE

Use the theme above to write your choice of syllabic poem. Your poem must include or be about a lesson from nature.

Some years ago I was walking home and I saw a mushroom that had pushed it’s way through the Tarmac at the base of a lamppost. The tiny soft mushroom had broken through the Tarmac to grow and flourish next to the lampost. How could this happen? How can something so soft and small triumph over Tarmac and steel? Nature/ Gaia knows more than us …we should sit at her knees and learn from her but we do not. Man goes his own sweet stupid way.

I chose to write a double Butterfly Cinquain is an unrhymed, nine-line syllabic poem with 2-4-6-8-2-8-6-4-2 syllables per line.

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Tarmac
Man made and hard
Mushroom Gaia’s handwork
Needs to leave the dark so it thrives
So soft
Determined and triumphant it
Pushes aside man-made
Covering of
Tarmac.

Mistake
Man takes no heed
Of Gaia’s message, clear
She will be thriving long after
Man has
Lost his tenterive hold on earth
She’ll lay claim to his work
We could have learnt
From her .

TankaTuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 285, 8/18/22 #Ekphrastic #PhotoPrompt

© Colleen Chesebro.

This week’s challenge explores Ekphrastic poetry, inspired by visual art or photographs. Reena provided a piece of her artwork for this month’s challenge. There’s plenty of imagery in her art, and it’s a great inspiration to write your poem. Remember what you’ve learned about the psychology of color in your poetry.

This week I have chosen an etheree for my form for the Ekphrastic poem.

Gaia Gives.

A kaleidoscope of earthy colours
Escapes a knowing, talented hand.
So much that the inner eye sees.
The guiding hand of Gaia
Brings meaning to fingers
And peace to the brain
Would that all could
Share the view
Gaia
Gives.

This is part of Colleen’s Tuesday Tanka Challenge.

Ronovan Writes Sijo Wednesday Poetry Challenge #15. Use SUMMER as your inspiration this week.

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Fields of gold stretch for miles to the horizon as far as the eye can see.
Sunflowers turn their faces to the sky yellow and green reaching for blue.
Gaia is at her best her skirts swirling around.

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Ronovan Writes Sijo Challenge Image

This is part of Ronovanwrite’s Weekly Sijo Challenge.

Ronovan Writes Sijo Wednesday Poetry Challenge #14. Use REALITY as your inspiration this week.

this is part of Ronovanwrite’s Weekly Sijo Challenge

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Reality

Caught up with life, the hustle and bustle of everyday.
Occupied by screens, blaring out too loud.
We don’t listen to Gaia, her warning voice speaks of reality, we choose not to hear.

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Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 411 FRUIT and Ripe.

Today I have written a Tanka for Ronovanwrite’s Weekly Haiku Challenge.

Orchard, Mill Farm by Kate Nicol is licensed under CC-BY-SA 2.0

apples on the bough
red ripe and ready to pick
Gaiga’s progeny
the fruit of the Earth’s harvest
nature gives and we just take

Haiku Challenge
Ronovanwrite’s .

Ronovan Writes Décima Poetry Challenge Prompt No. 79: (VERVE) in the C rhyme line.

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Enthusiasm and delight
Mixes with Gaia’s perfect plan
The insects are a happy gang .
Some just crawl others take to flight.
Joy da vivre keeps them up all night.
This party is full of such verve
The bugs are on an upward curve.
Butterflies, spiders, ladybugs
All bouncing mad as if on drug.
Phychedelic bugs, high on lovre.

This is part of Ronovanwrite’s Weekly Décima Challenge.

Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 371 PULL and Push.

Ronovanwrite’s.

This is part of Ronovanwrite’s Weekly Haiku Challenge.

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push all the limits
defy all of nature’s rules
pull up your roots

#writephoto : Treeman.

This week’s prompt is a post with a difference – our JUNE guest photo!

For visually challenged writersthe image a tree that has partly been carved to represent a man (or an ape I’m undecided).

Tree Man – Image by Willowdot21.

Gaia had given up on mankind, they were so uncaring of this beautiful planet. Their waste and inventions clogged up her seas, oceans and rivers. They drilled, mined and fracked for all her bounty. They waged war, they plundered the spoilt!

Sitting on the edge of the woods surrounded by paper cups, used condoms, plastic bottles and polestyrine cartons Gaia spoke with Death who was looking wan and very thin.

“I just don’t know what to do really I am at my wit’s ends,” she exclaimed a tear in her eye. Death smiled, a scary sight all teeth! “Don’t worry he said I have one last thing up my sleeve.”

Sighing Gaia replied “Well the four horsemen are already here, War, plague ( he played a blinder) famine, and yourself you have all worked so hard.”

“Indeed we have been working overtime, and yet those uncaring humans still carry on their selfish ways. I have called in the big guns, my last resort. “

Gaia, inhailed loudly “Surely you cannot mean….”

“Yes indeed I am going to bring on the Ents…they will soon put pay to mankind and then they can gently and kindly restore you to your former health.”

Just then the first of the Giant Ents arrived looking tired and somewhat irritable!

This is part of K L Caley #writephoto

KL Caley at Novel Ideas has offered to take on Sue Vincent’s #writephoto weekly challenge now Sue has moved on to a higher plain.

April 22: Flash Fiction Challenge

April 22, 2021, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story about earthing. Put a character’s hands, feet or body and soul into the earth. Who needs recharging? What happens between the interaction? Go where the prompt leads!

For this prompt I have imagined a letter from Mother Nature/ Earth/ Gaia to us all. This is part of the Carrot Ranch Challenge.

My Children

I tried to warn you, painted warnings on walls and billboards with letters 20ft tall screamed, shouted and made a fuss.No one listens at all.The blooms are out in winter and summer flowers peek in spring. Snow falls in summer and sometimes in spring.You’re heading for another drought your reservoirs  almost dry yet you let precious water waste. It’s starting with the the smaller things but soon you will suffer too. This green planet that you call home is dieing. I’m so tired and you just ignore my warning.  From a dieing Mother nature.

Ronovan Writes Décima Poetry Challenge Prompt No. 53: (CHASE) in the C rhyme line.

Ronovan Writes Decima Challenge Image
My word it’s Wednesday again and time for Ronovanwrite’s Weekly Décima Challenge. Ron says “You may, if you wish, make some kind of link between the Haiku Challenge prompt of (BRANCH and Swift). and this Décima Challenge of NOISE in the C rhyme lineThis means you could write a haiku post using the prompt words. Then do a Décima post using this week’s prompt uniting the two with a common message.
The 2 CHALLENGES are SEPARATE but CAN BE combined if YOU CHOOSE to do so. I choose to link. Here is my Haiku.
© willowdot21

Swaying in the wind root and branch.
Time dances endlessly along
Punctuated by song bird’s song
All is written noughts left to chance.
The Forrest sees all of life’s dance.
Nature likes to watch the eons chase.
Across her planet at such pace.
She knows her cycle will repeat
Winter’s bitter cold, Summer’s heat.
Nature is happy by God’s grace

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