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 in 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.
For some, this challenge is a way to learn more about writing in English, even though it’s the American version. English is a second language to many of our participants.
I also understand that accent and inflection play a key roll in the way you say certain words and this will change the syllable count. Here is my compromise: Please try to get as close to the syllable count as possible when writing these syllabic forms of poetry.
This challenge is not for free-verse poetry. <3
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.
Once again, you’ve all made it very difficult for me to pick a single poem. I’m so pleased with the turn out for this challenge. Your poems are getting better and better. This week, I’ve chosen two special poems.
First up, is Anita Dawes, from Anita Dawes & Jaye Marie’s blog. I was taken with this double Nonet poem because of its old-world tone. Anita skillfully weaves a tale of disaster that grabs you and holds you until the suspenseful end.
I fight my way back through snow and rain
My home close, I see chimney smoke
Windows lit by lanterns glow
My path lay deep with snow
The lake forgotten
I hear the sound
My heart freezing
I am lost to this world
My voice blown back by the wind
No help has come to pull me free
I pray the Lord, my soul he will free…
The second one is written by a young man of twelve years old, Robbie Cheadle’s son, Michael.
Writing poetry is a great way for pre-teens and teens to express their feelings. I bet most of us started writing poetry when we were young. I know I did.
Even though Michael’s poem doesn’t follow any syllabic structure I was thrilled that he wanted to participate in the challenge. I bet he could grasp the mechanics behind a Haiku in no time. 😀
What I really liked about Michael’s poetry is that he wrote in a stream of consciousness manner. He wasn’t afraid to share his hopes and dreams. Well done. <3 (His Mom’s poem is worth a read too!)
Child of Terence and Robbie Cheadle
Who loves my family
Who dislikes spiders
Who wants to go to Scotland
Who wishes he could
have met Shakespeare
Who is scared of snakes
Who dreams of being an engineer
Who is determined to get a job at 23
Who values family
Who lives in South Africa
© 2018 Michael Cheadle
“Listen, real poetry doesn’t say anything; it just ticks off the possibilities. Opens all doors. You can walk through any one that suits you.”
Jim MorrisonRead more at: https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/jim_morrison_129965?src=t_poetry