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Colleen’s #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge Recap No. 109, “Poet’s Choice of Words”


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.

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.



This week brought us a political bonanza of poetry about voting and remembering those who died for our countries from around the world. I was uplifted by your words of patriotism. Not since the 1960’s has their been such a poetic outcry for and against the tierny of our governments.

Culture Trip.com shares some of the poets and poetry from that era. Have a read!

I also got several comments about how difficult it was to pick your own words! Michael, from Afterwards, had a brilliant idea. He said:

“I decided to open the nearest book and use the first word on page 58 and the last on page 101, the book was Cosmic Traitor (Perry Rhodan 26) by Kurt Brand.  The words are THOUGHTS and MILKY.  They made me think of an Astronaut…”

So here’s my Tanka Poem to remedy that situation:

Poets cry and whine

when words are not suggested,


interrupted, lost vision

found with poetic genius!

© 2018 Colleen M. Chesebro

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. ❤

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This week, I’ve chosen Scott Bailey, from The House of Bailey, and his double Etheree poem: Remembrance.

Everyone has embraced the Etheree poetry form because of the syllable structure and the fluidity of words where the poet can create a meaningful message. That is the key to these forms. If you don’t have a meaningful message the poem falls flat. But, that certainly is not the case with Scott’s poem.

I especially liked how he began his poem with the word, “gone,” and how he also ended the poem with the same word, emphasizing the theme, gone but not forgotten. 

When you are writing Etheree poems it helps to think of three points that you want to emphasize in your poetry. Technically, an Etheree poem shouldn’t rhyme, although that has gained favor. If you do add rhyming words, only do one to make a specific point about what you are trying to say.

For me, in Scott’s poem, I see the first theme being blood, poppies, red, all representing the blood shed for our freedoms. The next theme is the actual remembrance of those who died for our freedoms, and the last theme is that of resisting violence and learning to get along. The ending brings us back to the overall theme of “remembrance.”



The sound
The thunder
No silence reigns
And the poppies bloom
Nodding respectfully
To the brave that lay beneath
The swathe of red that remembers
The blood that was shed here for freedom
And the folly of man to his brother
So we may never forget all that pain
To ensure it will not come again
We respect them with silent thoughts
Resist any violent trends
Talk, build bridges, not walls
While the poppies bloom
While silence reigns
Honour those
That are

Image from Pixabay

By Scott Bailey © 2018


Image Credit: QuoteFancy.com


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This Vote: a #TankaTuesday #tanka (11/6/18) – Frank J. Tassone

My Own Words (Tanka) | Darkness of His Dreams

Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka Challenge #109 – Poets Choice #MicroPoetry #Senryu | But I Smile Anyway…

Remembrance (2) – Fallen Heroes | Willow Poetry

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News (Etheree Poem) – ethan dale eagar

Stories… | Sue Vincent’s Daily Echo

Haiku: Triumph | The Dark Netizen

Tanka Tuesday Etheree | Anita Dawes & Jaye Marie

Smorgasbord Poetry – Colleen Chesebro’s Tuesday #Poetry Challenge 109 – November – #Etheree ‘Foliage and Spectacle’ | Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

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November – Frost and Fire | Mucky Boots and Flawless Paws

Remembrance – thehouseofbailey


November 11 – Yesterday and today: Merril’s historical musings

World – Just a horse ride – Aweni

Brrr It’s cold and snowy here in Colorado. Happy Monday! See you tomorrow for the new challenge words! <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. Hi Colleen! Your Tanka’s very clever. Great choice for featured poet this week as well. I hope you’re having a great week!
    <3 xo

  2. Well done all around, Colleen and Scott!

  3. Great to see the growing entries. Wonderful poem of the week. I just get a nice warm feeling in my tummy being the dog poet among you all xx

  4. Well done! And congrats to Scott! <3

  5. Powerful words. Thanks for the share, Colleen and congrats to Scott.

  6. Wow – thank you so much! The times really suggested this poem to me with everything that is going on the world.

  7. I don’t want to think about snow! Saturday was cold and blustery here.

  8. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord Blog Magazine and commented:
    It is time for recap of last week’s participants in the Colleen Chesebro Tuesday #Poetry Challenge and this week the featured poet is Scott Bailey with an #etheree for #Remembrance. brilliant..

  9. I really enjoy the challenge of a “no word prompt” but I also love to have to think hard about a double prompt from you. Our band gets larger every week. Keep warm dear Colleen 💜🌹

  10. I love how our list is growing Sis 💜

  11. It’s getting cold here also, Colleen. Great entries this week. Congratulations to Scott Bailey!! <3

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