Welcome to the Tanka Tuesday Poetry Recap featuring the poetry of poets from around the globe. If you would like to participate in this challenge, you can learn the rules on the menu item called Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Tuesday Guidelines.

Each week, I like to highlight a poet, called the Poet of the Week, that I feel has shared an exceptional message, or shown an impassioned creativity through words or form. Poetry is all about perception, so don’t be shocked if you don’t feel the same way about a poem that I do. Instead, find a poem that you love and let that poet know by visiting their blog link below and leaving a favorable comment. <3


This week, I’ve chosen Denise, as the Poet of the Week from her blog, Bilocalalia. I loved the presentation of her Haibun/Tanka. Notice how she split the last two lines of her Tanka poem by interjecting them between the prose? I like this technique. It makes her story seem even more captivating to the reader.

I didn’t include the spectacular photos that accompany this poetry. Please take the time to stop by and experience the beauty of Denise’s world in Arizona capture in this post.

“Behind the Curtain”

Birds trill, extolling
the organ pipe cactus blooms
tuning up backstage.

My dog, seeing me wearing shorts and walking shoes, thinks it’s time for our morning constitutional. Her anticipation is contagious, and everything outside seems to be waiting for an audience. However, today’s cooler temperatures mean there’s no need to rush to avoid the heat. I think I should be able to finish a cup of coffee, a haiku or maybe even a tanka.

Cats lurk behind the bushes
ready to surprise the dog.

Today we take a different route, attracted by a tree with bright purple flowers. As a bonus, we pass a saguaro full of blossoms, bees, and birds. Even better, we seem to have missed the cats or found a feline-free zone. Our own cat is waiting at home, watching grackles through the window.

© 2018 Denise – bilocalalia




Colleen’s Tanka Challenge: SING & CELEBRATE  – The Militant Negro™ (for sharing our poetry around the web) <3

Sing & Celebrate #Tanka Tuesday #82 – Swerve Strikes Again

Coasting along – Reena Saxena

Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life (for sharing our poetry around the web) <3

Tanka: Sing & Celebrate – Jane Dougherty Writes

Tanka Tuesday — St.Joseph Worker – Sharing With Others –

Colleen’ Weekly Tanka Tuesday Poetry Prompt Sing & Celebrate | Annette Rochelle Aben

Swansong – thehouseofbailey

COLLEEN’S 2018 WEEKLY #TANKA TUESDAY POETRY CHALLENGE #Haiku #82: Sing & Celebrate | But I Smile Anyway…

Tanka – Goddess of Flowers – Willow Poetry

 It is the Lusty Month of May with a #haiku and a #tanka | Trent’s World (the Blog)

Vive La Geekdom! – Frank J. Tassone

Colleen’s Tanka Tuesday: SING and CELEBRATE – Afterwards

The Dark Side of Spring | like mercury colliding…

Matins | Sue Vincent’s Daily Echo

Dog-poets latest #micropoetry #senryu | Mucky Boots and Flawless Paws

moonlight serenade – Storie Cantabile

May Day | method two madness

Hear the Song/No Madder No Madder

COLLEEN’S 2018 WEEKLY #TANKA TUESDAY POETRY CHALLENGE #Haiku #82: Sing & Celebrate | willowdot21

Tanka Tuesday | Twenty Four

Moonsong – Charmed Chaos

Awakening Joy | Stuff and what if…

The Dawn Chorus, Tanka – Yesterday and today: Merril’s historical musings

#TANKA TUESDAY #POETRY CHALLENGE ‘Cute Dandelions’ | Rereading Jane Eyre

 Beltane’s Song – A #Haibun #Tanka #flashfiction – Colleen Chesebro ~ The Fairy Whisperer

Last week, I forgot to add MJ Mallon’s poem. You’ll find it here: Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 81, ENCHANT & SHAPE, #SynonymsOnly | M J Mallon Author

IMG_872F0C440032-1See you tomorrow (Tuesday) for the new challenge. <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. Lots of optimism here–we need a dose! (K)

  2. Great recap Colleen! As always, thanks for all you do.

  3. Good job I like to stay out of the limelight

  4. So many wonderful entries and poets Collee!

  5. Cheers Colleen! Great lineup as usual 🙂

  6. A wonderful Tanka and very creative.. I headed over and the images are beautiful. thanks Colleen for the mention and I am delighted to share. ♥

  7. Pingback: TANKA CHALLENGE: Celebrate & Sing – The Militant Negro™

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