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“The Ending,” A Tanka & A Senryu


Thanks for stopping by to check out my Weekly Poetry Challenge where we can write a Haiku, Tanka, Haibun, Cinquain, or a Senryu using the prompt words: mist and shape. To keep things interesting, I kept the word mist but used silhouettes for the word shape.

Forms blending as one

figures outlined in gray mist,

silhouettes shrouded.

Profiles in passion adrift,

contours of a broken heart.

©2017 Colleen M. Chesebro

I can create a Senryu by using synonyms. This time, I used “opaque” for misty, and “manipulation” for the word, shape. The Senryu instructions say to share a personal event. In my poetry, the irony is that the relationship was all about manipulation, not love as the first two lines suggest. Does that make sense?

Here is how I am viewing a Haiku – write about nature. When you write a Senryu, you are writing about love or human emotions with a touch of humor or irony present.

Opaque memories –

Fused in my heart forever,


©2017 Colleen M. Chesebro

About Colleen M. Chesebro

Colleen M. Chesebro is an American Novelist & Poet who loves writing paranormal fantasy and magical realism, cross-genre fiction, syllabic poetry, and creative nonfiction. She loves all things magical which may mean that she could be experiencing her second childhood—or not. That part of her life hasn’t been fully decided yet. A few years ago, a mystical experience led her to renew her passion for writing and storytelling. These days she resides in the fantasy realm of the Faery Writer where she writes the magical poetry and stories that the fairy nymphs whisper to her in her dreams. Colleen won the “Little and Laugh” Flash Fiction Contest sponsored by the Carrot Ranch Literary Community on November 2017, and in 2018, she won first place for the “Twisted Travel” category. Colleen lives in Arizona with her husband. When she is not writing, Colleen enjoys spending time with her husband. She also loves gardening, reading, and crocheting old-fashioned doilies into works of art. Learn more about Colleen on colleenchesebro.com.
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  3. Reblogged this on Mick E Talbot Poems and commented:
    your prompts inspire
    your poetry… all lessons
    Fairy Queen Colleen

    inspiring all to write
    Colleen the teacher

    the mist of dawn and dusk
    natural phenomena… lush
    beware deception

  4. reblogged
    the inspirational

  5. Pingback: Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Tuesday Challenge No. 54: GHOST & HAUNT – ✨Colleen Chesebro✨The Fairy Whisperer ✨

  6. I can see the irony here. Great choice of words in this sense: contour, figures outlined. mist… silhouettes. Most times, appearances deceive us… Quite funny that we need to go through it all to finally acknowledge it 😉 Love & best wishes dear Colleen! 🙂

    • Thank you! I chose the words carefully to convey that message. Perception is interesting and part of human nature. Many times we only see what we want to see, not the truth. <3 Hugs, dear friend. <3

  7. Love these, Colleen. 🙂

  8. I love your diverse forms of poetry, Colleen. Congratulations on your ever expanding list of followers.

  9. They flow so beautifully! (K)

  10. I like your word choices of the synonyms. I especially like opaque, one of my favorite colors. great demonstration of the new poem form, Colleen!

  11. These are lovely Colleen.

  12. Perfectly obvious, which means, you are a terrific teacher! Thank you for the encouragement to stretch ourselves, combined with the amazing lessons. <3

  13. Nicely done, Colleen!
    I like “opaque memories,” the memories that are shaded or not fully remembered, or misty in time. . . 🙂

  14. Reblogged this on Frank J. Tassone and commented:
    #Haiku Happenings #9: Colleen’s #tanka and senryu response to her weekly poetry challenge!

  15. Brava.. 🥀🥀🥀🥀🥀🥀🥀

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