“Learning to Fly,” A Senryu

Life is likea cup of tea

This week for my Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challenge, I used synonyms “stretch” for the word give, and “grasp” for receive.


Stretch your wings and fly—
snatch what seems outside your grasp,
success will find you.

© 2018 Colleen M. Chesebro

ColleenFind your magic and let it shine!

Author: Colleen M. Chesebro

Colleen M. Chesebro is a Michigan Poet who loves crafting syllabic poetry, flash fiction, and creative fiction and nonfiction. Colleen sponsors a weekly syllabic poetry challenge, called Tanka Tuesday, on wordcraftpoetry.com where participants learn how to write traditional and current forms of haiku, senryu, haiga, tanka, gogyohka, tanka prose, renga, solo-renga, haibun, cinquain, Etheree, nonet, shadorma, Badger’s hexastich, Abhanga, and diatelle poetry. Colleen's syllabic poetry has appeared in the Auroras & Blossoms Poetry Journal, and in “Hedgerow, a journal of small poems,” and in various other online publications. She’s won numerous awards from participating in the Carrot Ranch Rodeo, a yearly 99-word flash fiction contest sponsored by carrotranch.com, an online writing community. Recently, she created the Double Ennead, a 99-syllable poetry form for Carrot Ranch. Colleen has published a collection of poetry, flash fiction, and short stories called, “Fairies, Myths & Magic: A Summer Celebration,” dedicated to the Summer Solstice. She contributed a short story called “The Changeling,” in the “Ghostly Rites Anthology 2020” published by Plaisted Publishing House. Colleen Chesebro’s poetry blog is called Word Craft – Prose & Poetry at https://wordcraftpoetry.com/ Her author blog is found at https://colleenchesebro.com where you will find her poetry and short stories.

27 thoughts on ““Learning to Fly,” A Senryu”

  1. I almost remembered something that would fit here, but then it left me again. When I find it again I”ll send you a copy. I love your mental images, my friend. And if it’s cool there, I would love being in your area, because the heat index is over 105 here today!

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    1. We hit 90 degrees today. There’s a bad fire down near Pueblo and all the smoke has blown into Colorado Springs. It’s pretty yucky right now but I’m not sweating to death! LOL! You say in the cool. Don’t go out in this heat. ❤

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      1. No problem about me leaving the apartment until things cool off outside. My trips out occur immediately after sunrise and don’t last longer than an hour. What part of the Springs is affected by the fire? I have a brother and 2 sisters living there, but haven’t heard anything from them lately. One sis lives in Monument, close to the AF Academy and surrounded by trees!

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      2. Wish I could send you some rain or some of the water we have still standing in places around here. More rain forecast for tonight and I would happily send it your way if it was possible.

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