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
HERE’S WHO JOINED US LAST WEEK FOR OUR 81st POETRY CHALLENGE USING SYNONYMS FOR THE WORDS: “Celebrate & Sing”
Colleen’s Tanka Challenge: SING & CELEBRATE – The Militant Negro™ (for sharing our poetry around the web) <3
Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life (for sharing our poetry around the web) <3
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
See you tomorrow (Tuesday) for the new challenge. <3