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#Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challenge No. 75 RECAP, “Green & Patience,” #SynonymsOnly

Welcome to the Tanka Tuesday Poetry Recap 

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Last week I gave you two words that breathed spring into your week: “Green and Patience.” Our lack of moisture in Colorado Springs has me longing for springtime and the emergence of green shoots in my garden bins.

I know by experience, thoughts of spring invoke impatience in my soul. It’s hard to bide my time. Eventually, the winds will turn warm and the rains will fall, carving deep gulleys into the arid soil.


Brush, baked from the combination of harsh winds and the glare of the winter sun, disintegrate under my feet as I walk the permitter of the land near my house. Tiny red-polls and pink-throated house finches scold me from the safety of their perch atop my fence. The birds meekly wait for me to fill their feeder with the rich black nyjer seeds they crave.

Today, a pearly haze veils the blueness of the sky from the west as a storm gathers over the mountains. I inhale the scent of moisture, part dusty grit feathered with a cold freshness that bites at my nose.

Stoic blooms unfurl –
while winter winds groom for spring,
mountain snows fall deep.
Raw courage facing hardship
the stable crocus endures.

©2018 Colleen M. Chesebro

Read the myth of the crocus flower HERE.

Read about Bragi: The Norse GOD of POETRY here.

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poet of the week

This week’s POET of the WEEK is Reena Saxena.

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I found myself enthralled with her Garland Cinquain called: Generations – Reena Saxena. There is so much to say about this splendid piece of writing. First, the presentation is amazing the way it is placed on the page – just like a ribbon garland.

Next, each cinquain follows a path like the passing of time reflecting synonyms for the words patience and green. Look at how this poem is created:

The first 5 stanzas follow this pattern:

Line 1 has 2 syllables.
Line 2 has 4 syllables.
Line 3 has 6 syllables.
Line 4 has 8 syllables.
Line 5 has 2 syllables.

And the final cinquain follows this pattern:

Line 1 is line 1 from stanza 1.
Line 2 is line 2 from stanza 2.
Line 3 is line 3 from stanza 3.
Line 4 is line 4 from stanza 4.
Line 5 is line 5 from stanza 5.

The sixth Cinquain is made up of lines from the other cinquains and almost reads like a stream of consciousness writing which I find most satisfying. I sense a depth to her words enhanced by the image of the man. SPLENDID! Learn how to write Garland Cinquains HERE.



by Reena Saxeena


being challenged

by collective wisdom

borderline of existence




unlined by

threads of experience

weaves rawness in embroidered




mind regrets

its gutsy thoughtlessness

belie self-imposed suffering




watches amused

on the sideline

recurring stories of conflict



poking embers

unfolding fresh meaning

generating respect, all battles




unlined by

its gutsy thoughtlessness

recurring stories of conflict


© 2018 Reena Saxena



Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 75: “Patience & Green” #SnynonymsOnly – LadyleemanilaTanka Tuesday |

Twenty FourTanka Tuesday | Twenty Four

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It Will Come, It Will Come… – #haibun #haiku | Trent’s World (the Blog)

Generations – Reena Saxena


#Tanka Poetry Challenges – Sharing With Others – Est. 11-15-2017

Prairie Sky -Tanka – PrairieChat

Colleen’s Tanka Tuesday: Green and Patience – Afterwards

Dog-poet’s ditty | Mucky Boots and Flawless Paws

COLLEEN’S WEEKLY #TANKA TUESDAY POETRY CHALLENGE #Tanka #Cinquain #Haiku #74: Renew & Fresh | But I Smile Anyway…


Beneath the Frosted Pines #Haiku | Lemon Shark Reef

Enchanted #midnighthaiku | Sue Vincent’s Daily Echo

#Poetrychallenge – Green and patience – Robbie’s inspiration

Cerebral Palsy Awareness | Hosking’s Blog

Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge 75 – The Bag Lady

Outcry – Colleen’s Weekly Challenge – No-Madder Nomadder

Spring Interrupted | like mercury colliding…

Hearthfire: A #Tanka Tuesday-on-a-Wednesday #tankaprose #Quadrille – Frank J. Tassone

Looking up – ….Bilocalalia….

Seasonal Charm | Stuff and what if…

Sighing for Spring: Haibun – Yesterday and today: Merril’s historical musings

TANKA TUESDAY No. 75 Patience and Green. #micropoetry #tanka #haiku – The Kettle Clicks…

Waiting for Spring (Colleen’s Weekly #Poetry Challenge – #Tanka) | The Wolfe’s (Writing) Den

#Haiku: Moss | Charmed Chaos

Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challenge Patience & Green | Annette Rochelle Aben

Wild Weather – Calm and Chaos

Wierd Weather/Calm & Chaos

My Pen/Rashmi Sortur

Tokens of Change/Katja Rammer


follow your heartWrite some poetry!


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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  1. Reena’s poem is delightful, Colleen. A great selection of poems here.

  2. Wonderful poems and a lovely response to your prompt, Colleen. Congrats to Reena!

  3. Reblogged this on ladyleemanila and commented:
    poetry round-up 🙂

  4. Love your features choice Colleen. Shame I didn’t join in this week but been feeling a bit poorly.

  5. Thank you so much, Colleen! This is my forst nomination on your blog 🙂

  6. Thanks for that garland of poems, Colleen 🙂

  7. So many great entries again Colleen! <3

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