#TankaTuesday Weekly Poetry Challenge No. 296, 11/1/22: #Tastetherainbow-Color Poetry

Our host Colleen has set us out monthly Taste the Rainbow prompt as part of her Tuesday Tanka Challenge. I have chosen the colour purple. I have also chosen the poetic form Etheree.

From the depths of spirit comes purple prose.
Magically from my mind it flows
I never need to leave my home
Imagination can roam .
Spirited far away
My inner thoughts play
I close my eyes
Hope flies
Off to


TankaTuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 284, 8/9/22, #SpecificForm: 4-11

© Colleen Chesebro

Last month, Colleen asked Yvette Calleiro to select a syllabic form for us to learn more about. Her choice was a form that Gwen Plano created, called the 4-11. You can find her 4-11 form HERE.

I have written a two stanza 4-11 and called it pride. Hoping to give someone special a lift….they know who they are.

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Take heart, grow wings
Own your true soul
Turn to the light
Forsake the pain
That lies will bring
Take your counsel
Steady your step
Grab honesty
Only then you’ll
Find honesty
Take heart, grow wings

Pride can mean more
Than vanity
The soul inside
Must be set free
Ignore the slings
And words of fools
You must be true
Fight for your rights
Be proud, be loud
Now as before
Pride can mean more.


#TankaTuesday Weekly Poetry Challenge No. 277: #Tastetherainbow-Colour Poetry.

© Colleen Chesebro.

Colleen is here with her prompt she said : “Hello everyone. Happy June and Pride Month! This week, choose a syllabic form and a colour to feature in your poem. If the form is from the #TankaTuesday cheat sheet, let us know so we know where to look for directions. If it’s a new form, share how to write it and where you found the instructions. Think about the different ways you can use colour in a poem.”

© willowdot21 .

I have chosen a Sijo this week . Which is a Korean form believed to have first been used in the fourteenth century. It is similar in structure to various Japanese forms such as Haiku. As with many forms of poetry, the Sijo became a preferred poetry form of the yangban or ruling class as well as royalty. They were written in Chinese and were originally short songs set to music. The focus of the Sijo is usually nature and contemplation.

There are: Three Lines
14-16 syllables per line
A total of 44-46 syllables for the entire poem.

.© willowdot21. Rainbow 🌈 cake.

So many layers of colour to the cake a profusion of love
Pride has more than one meaning, though all of them are valid
Whichever tune you march to be true to each other always

35 Words
46 Syllables.


This is part of Colleen’s Tuesday Tanka Challenge.

#TankaTuesday Weekly Poetry Challenge No. 268: 4/5/22 #Tastetherainbow-Color Poetry

This week, Colleen said : choose your own syllabic form and a color to feature in your syllabic poem. If the form is from the #TankaTuesday Cheatsheet, let us know so we know where to look for directions. If it’s a new form, share how to write it and where you found the instructions. Think about the different ways you can use color in a poem.”

P.S. 🌈 Taste the Rainbow refers to colors. You do not have to write about a rainbow in your poem. Just include a color in your poem.


To day I have chosen an Abhanga. Which is 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.

© willowdot21 taken by ©hotpinkwellingtons.

A Father’s Love

Warm is a father’s love
Golden like summer sun
Nurturing, yet with fun
Strong protecting.

Deep as azure kissed sea
Taking care, teaching well
All life’s problems he quells
Strong protection.

Pride like a rusty red
Glows in his loving heart
To teach you to be smart
Strong protection.

Wordless Wednesday on Thursday! Winter Rainbow 🌈


The Rainbow Cake

The world was like a mixing bowl before we made the cake. Empty, clean and ready  to start the cake we wished to bake. We got busy and selected our ingredients and made sure that they were the best, nothing less than new and pure would be used for this fest!

Rainbow Cake

Rainbow Cake

We needed a Rainbow Cake to bind us all together , we needed a Rainbow Mix to get us to meld for the better. We needed moving out of the primeval slime. What we needed were colours that would make us shine perhaps a little lemon mixed with a dash of lime.

The Rainbow Mix was not very mellow it had ridged colours red, orange,green, blue, violet, indigo and yellow. As time went on this no longer worked too many colours and textures were thrown in to bowl. Pride , joy, love,hate, vengeance, desire, not to mention a large pinch of soul. While these feelings were mixing we had to separate the tribes black white yellow brown into cups and set them by the fire. Yes there were more than just a few but they all added to the hue.

Rainbow Cake

Colours of the Rainbow

We could not leave the tribes too long in the heat for they would spoil, and we could ill afford that, then, after all our toil. We whisked them thoroughly and when they started to peak  we folded them in gently with love into the Rainbow Mix. Little tasters we  would sneak.

The oven was heated and the mix was put in, we all watched in wonder, we could not believe our eyes as the layers, though very thin, began to rise.

Rainbow Cake

Cut another slice.

It looked so very lovely soft and full of colour it really was a prize. When the cake was baked we put it out to cool it looked so different to what we had before , it was our shining  jewel.

We took the soft and powdery snow from off the mountain tops and mixed it with waters of the oceans blue and made a wondrous icing , Oh! yes we did it’s true. The stars and the moon looked and marvelled at our treasure and even the golden sun smiled down  on it with pleasure.

So now we had our Rainbow Cake all shiny and new all types of soul and colour here, every tint and hue. Lets not waste it’s message lets all start anew we could all happily mix together . I know we can it is true!

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