“In the Zone,” A Tanka

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This is my contribution to my Weekly Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challenge using synonyms for the words destination and guide. I used Thesaurus.com to find a few suitable words to work with. I chose haven for destination and inspiration for guide.

I missed last week’s challenge and I struggled to get back into the poetry writing zone this week. Just goes to show you that if you get in the habit of flexing your poetry brain weekly, the words flow like water. At least I hope they do. 😀

Here are my instructions for writing a Tanka poem.

“The Japanese tanka is a thirty-one-syllable poem, traditionally written in a single unbroken line. A form of waka, Japanese song or verse, tanka translates as “short song,” and is better known in its five-line, 5/7/5/7/7 syllable count form.

One of the oldest Japanese forms, tanka originated in the seventh century and quickly became the preferred verse form not only in the Japanese Imperial Court, where nobles competed in tanka contests but for women and men engaged in courtship…”

Click to Read: Poets.org – Tanka: Poetic Form to learn more about this ancient Japanese poetry created in the seventh century.

In the Zone

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When inspiration –
finds a creative haven
deep within my mind,
the magic of written words
flows with my intensity.

© 2018 Colleen M. Chesebro

122517_2210_ColleensBoo5.pngThanks for stopping by for a read! ❤

 

 

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Colleen M. Chesebro is an author of paranormal fantasy and magical realism, cross-genre fiction, 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 Fairy Whisperer where she writes the magical poetry and stories that the fairy nymphs whisper to her in her dreams. Colleen lives in Colorado with her husband. When she is not writing, she enjoys spending time with her husband. She also loves gardening, reading, and crocheting old-fashioned doilies into works of art. You can learn more about Colleen at www.colleenchesebro.com.

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