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Welcome to the Tanka Tuesday Poetry Recap. Last week I gave you two words that should have made you feel like celebrating because spring is trying so hard to appear around the world “dance & command.” There were many synonyms to choose from and I am happy to see such diversity in your poems. Great job everyone!


Here are the results of the voting for Challenge No. 78 “Grow & Honor,” with Jane Doughtery, voted as the Poet of the Week by her peers. <3

Congratulations, Jane!

Jane Dougherty 3
Charmed Chaos 2
Katja Rammer 1
Storie Cantabile 1
Luccia Gray 1
Method two Madness 1
Debora 1
Thoughts of Spring- Olga 1
John W. Leys 1
Swerve strikes again 1
Kat Myrman 1


Jane Dougherty is the Poet of the Week for Challenge No. 78, for her Cinquain poem called, “Blossom Fallen.”


blossom fallen,

leaves unfurling worship

golden, honey-poured sweetness of


© 2018 Jane Dougherty


Season’s Dance – #Tanka | Trent’s World (the Blog)

#Tanka Tuesday: Dance & Command – Jane Dougherty Writes

#Cinquain Poetry —Angels – Sharing With Others

Colleen Chesebro Weekly Tuesday Tanka Poetry Challenge. Dance & Command. | willowdot21

Experimental – ….Bilocalalia…. 

Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challenge Dance & Command | Annette Rochelle Aben

COLLEEN’S 2018 WEEKLY #TANKA TUESDAY POETRY CHALLENGE #Tanka #79: Dance & Command | But I Smile Anyway…

Dog-poet turns humourist | Mucky Boots and Flawless Paws

Colleen’s Tanka Tuesday: DANCE and COMMAND – Afterwards

Murmurations – thehouseofbailey

My New York: A City Love Affair – Frank J. Tassone

Scamper across the dance floor… – Swerve Strikes Again

Masquerade – a tanka | Darkness of His Dreams

Mirage | Sue Vincent’s Daily Echo

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

Here (Ici) | method two madness

Wintry Cheer | Stuff and what if…

White Blossoms Fall: NaPoWriMo, Day 11 – Yesterday and today: Merril’s historical musings

Do Command the Two Step Dance / The Final Curtain1

Revelry | like mercury colliding…

A Haibun | thoughts and entanglements

Unaware – Reena Saxena

You, Melting my Core – Poetry Challenge | Katja Rammer

Colleen’s 2018 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 79 Synonyms for ‘Dance & Command’ – myredwinediary

Stepping Out – Being in Nature

Colleen’s 2018 Weekly Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challenge Dance & Command | The Shower of Blessings

Tanka Tuesday | Twenty Four

Tanka: A Beautiful Mess – Charmed Chaos

Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge – The Bag Lady

Tango – Storie Cantabile

TANKA TUESDAY #79 DANCE and COMMAND – The Kettle Clicks… 

Colleen weekly Tanka Tuesday challenge #79 – My pen

Remember, the cutoff for your poetry submission is Sunday, 12 NOON,

Denver Time, USA.


Today is the day we vote on the poem that spoke to you the most from the “Dance and Command,” Synonyms Only Prompt. I’ll announce the winner on next week’s Recap.

Remember, this isn’t a personality contest – it’s a poetry challenge. Visit the links below. Before you vote, ask yourself these questions:

  1. Does the poem follow the structured guidelines?
  2. What emotions do the words convey to you as the reader?
  3. What is it about the poem you selected that makes it resonate with you?

Type in the name of the Poet in the “Other” Category.

Next week, on the Recap I’ll announce the Poet of the Week winner(s) for No. 79 – Dance & Command.


I’m curious to hear your thoughts about the voting process. We had 14 votes with 31 participants, which means only half of you are voting. If you hate the voting we can go back to the old way, but only if you let me know. Thanks. <3

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. Beautiful poem from Jane. What wonderful participation, Colleen. I have a lot of reading to do here! 🙂

  2. Congratulations Jane- well deserved!!!

  3. Perhaps we should vote on all the options to decide the way ahead LOB (lots of barks) 🙂

  4. Done!
    I like the idea of voting, but it`d be more fun if more people did. Anyway, I also like the idea of keeping the voting for a while and see how the engagement rate goes…

  5. Whoohoo! I’m honoured! I’m so pleased you enjoyed the poem 🙂 I think my vote was registered last week, scraped in at the last minute. I had a problem with loading the page to read all the poems. It took an age. It’s a popular prompt, Colleen—you get a lot of entries.

  6. Congratulations to Jane. I agree with the comments. Last week, I just didn’t have a chance to read all the poems (particularly hard during NaNoWriMo, when I’m reading even more poetry and blogs than usual). Of the ones I did read, I could eliminate a few that for whatever reason (form, emotional appeal) did not appeal to me, but there were three or four that were contenders. . .

  7. I think we should stick with this for – say 3 months – but if the voting is consistently less that half of the contributors we should go back to Colleen casting the vote, as we know she will read and give consideration to all of them. I too will find it difficult to read and compare all of them every week, sometimes it’s a random sample of about half. I and will only vote in the weeks when I can read all of them. Of course, that’s just a dogs opinion 🙂

  8. Oh, that was a tough choice! When I was done reading all the entries, I still had five (!!!) left and loved them all. Well done, everyone.

  9. Thanks Colleen!
    My guess is that it is hard for people to get through all the poets and judge. They may read over the week, and not be able to really compare… plus we respect your opinion, so when you choose a poet, it is not so much a popularity contest, but an achievement that you deemed a poem extremely special!
    Just my opinion!
    I voted btw!

Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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