#Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challenge Recap, “Belong & Dream,” NO. 83, #SYNONYMSONLY


Welcome to the Tanka Tuesday Poetry Recap featuring the work 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.


This week, I’ve chosen John W. Leys as the Poet of the Week, from his blog, Darkness of His Dreams.


John’s Tanka is called “Visions.” I like the way the words flow painting a picture in our minds. The last two lines grab you, changing your perception of the first three lines. What a great technique!

Possessed by visions,
Unwilling and unwanted,
Beautiful nightmares
Of terrible, wonderful
Truths, changing our perceptions.

© 2018 John W. Leys



Colleen’s Tanka Challenge: BELONG & DREAM  – The Militant Negro™ Thanks for the reblog <3

Being in Nature

Smorgasbord – Variety is the Spice of Life. Thanks for the Reblog <3

Comfort Zone – Reena Saxena

Colleen’s 2018 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 82 – BELONG & DREAM #SynonymsOnly | willowdot21

Celebrate May with a Poem – Sharing With Others –

COLLEEN’S 2018 WEEKLY #TANKA TUESDAY POETRY CHALLENGE #Haiku #83: Belong & Dream | But I Smile Anyway…

Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challenge Belong & Dream | Annette Rochelle Aben

Snake – thehouseofbailey

Dog-poet tries again | Mucky Boots and Flawless Paws

Colleen’s Tanka Tuesday: BELONG and DREAM – Afterwards

Snake – Scott Andrew Bailey

An Art of Unlearning: A #TankaTuesday (5/8/18) #TankaProse – Frank J. Tassone

Jubilation – ….Bilocalalia….

Web | Sue Vincent’s Daily Echo

Tanka: Belong & Dream – Jane Dougherty Writes

Robin welcomes the day | method two madness

Tanka: Reveries – Charmed Chaos

Blossom Drizzle | thoughts and entanglements

Bubbles | like mercury colliding…

Morning Reflection: Haibun – Yesterday and today: Merril’s historical musings

Cloud Gazing | Stuff and what if…

Belong & Dream/The Kettle Clicks

“A Meditation on Being,” A Reverse #Cinquain – Colleen Chesebro ~ The Fairy Whisperer

Visions (a tanka) | Darkness of His Dreams

Tanka Tuesday | Twenty Four

Tanka – Belonging – Willow Poetry

neelwrites/mixedlove/tanla/poem/13/05/2018 | neelwritesblog

My First Tanka | Chelsea Ann Owens

Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge #82 – The Bag Lady 


Belong & Dream/Robbie’s Inspiration

Have the best day ever See you tomorrow! <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. I am honored, Colleen. Glad you liked the tanka. I wasn’t sure it turned out that well, but, of course, I never am 😉

  2. Great entries, Colleen. I liked the winning poem too. Here are my two tankas for this week:https://robbiesinspiration.wordpress.com/2018/05/14/poetrychallenge-belong-and-dream/

  3. I also love John W. Leys winning poem, you couldn’t have picked a better one.
    Congratulations John.

  4. I missed last week. I was just too busy to blog. Hopefully I’ll be in there again this week!

  5. Yes immense+1.
    I can’t believe I missed the deadline. Thought t’would be 8pm. No worries.
    Better late than never. Here is the link to my take on the challenge😁.

  6. Oh my goodness Colleen! The list of entries is getting immense!

Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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