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 who I call the Poet of the Week, who 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. ❤
PLEASE NOTE: Don’t forget to count your syllables. Use this site: howmanysyllables.com. Click on the workshop tab. Then, copy and paste your poem into the box, and click “count syllables” at the bottom.
I understand that accent and the way you say certain words will change the syllable count. Here is my compromise: Please try to get as close to the syllable count as possible. This challenge is not for free-verse poetry. <3
CONGRATULATIONS to all the poets who participated. I’m thrilled to have you here. <3
This week, I had a heck of a time trying to pick a Poet of the Week. So, I’ve narrowed it down to two!
*First, I selected Vashti Q. Vega, from her blog, The Writer Next Door. Vashti’s offering is a story and a poem. Not only is this story fabulous, she ran with the theme of a butterfly and included a butterfly cinquain!
This is creativity at its best. Don’t be afraid to experiment with your poetry and have fun, like Vashti did. <3
A butterfly approached a horned viper and asked, “Are you a dragon?”
The viper narrowed its strange yellow eyes. “Is there something wrong with your sight? Can’t you see I’m a snake?”
The butterfly flitted around the snake’s head and said, “You look like a dragon to me.”
The viper hissed and slammed its tail on the grass. “I told you, I’m no dragon! Dragons breathe fire!”
“Your venom is fire to your prey. They are consumed by it,” said the butterfly.
“Dragons fly!” said the viper with an exasperated sigh.
“I’ve seen you in trees and on mountain tops where only flying things can go,” said the butterfly without a doubt.
The snake tilted its head and narrowed its eyes in confusion. “Dragons are huge creatures.” The viper’s voice was soft and uncertain.
“You are much larger than I. To me you are a giant.” The butterfly stood before the snake, its small wings aquiver.
“So––I’m a dragon?”
“Yes! It’s what I choose to believe,” said the butterfly.
The viper lifted its chin with pride. “I am a dragon!”
The butterfly cheered and did loops in the air.
“Now that you know you’re a dragon you must behave like one,” said the butterfly. “You must cleanse your mind of all things viper.”
The snake nodded and grinned. “So, what do dragons eat?”
The butterfly landed in a pirouette on the dragon’s nose. “Dragons do not eat butterflies.”
Then with a perfect Grand Jeté, the butterfly flew far beyond the dragon’s eyes.
You, a mighty dragon
I only ask for freedom to
What I tell you
Put behind your serpent
ways and risky ideas, don’t
©2018 Vashti Q. Vega
This is another example of creativity. This is the kind of poetry I love to read. There is a natural rhythm that flows from her words. I love the Haiku/Senryu in the middle as it emphasizes the love-related theme of her poetry.
There are no rules about combing different forms together… Try it. Look at how marvelous this Tanka/Senryu/Tanka comes out.
~Head over Heels~
Is it yours to give
the heart I seek—I long for?
in your eyes pulls me to you,
capturing skin, soul, and mind.
sweet blood rushes, pulse quickens,
heartbeat jolts and jumps.
I take the risk and follow
this foreign path, this promise.
© 2018 Katja Rammer
Image Credit: Pinterest: Quotes on Writing
HERE’S WHO JOINED US LAST WEEK FOR OUR 94th POETRY CHALLENGE USING SYNONYMS FOR THE WORDS: “Belief & Strange”
The new poetry challenge comes out tomorrow, July 31st! See you then. <3