A Meditation, #Tanka

Everyone is on a Tanka craze this week, so I thought I’d join in! Our words were work and slow, using synonyms only. The word, work was inspired by Robbie Cheadle’s going back to work! It’s funny where I find inspiration! LOL! I used “function” for work, and “quiet” for slow.

Simile, Metaphor, and Personification are all used when writing a Tanka poem. (Click the links and learn the terms).

Like the Haibun, the Tanka should be written in the first person. In this way, the poet shares his/her experiences by following a five line, 5/7/5/7/7 syllable structure in their poetry. Not sure how to write a Tanka? Click HERE.

A Meditation

I function my best
when my day germinates with
thoughtful quiet time —
and like the lotus I spin
cleansing my chakras anew.

©2019 Colleen M. Chesebro

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Happy February! Namaste & Blessed Be! Write some Tanka Poetry. <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. So informative thanks for this!

  2. I loved this!

  3. Sounds like a great way to start the day. Must give it a try sometime.


  4. Beautiful Tanka, Colleen. Just reading it brought me peace. Thanks for “A Beginner’s Guide to the Chakras”.

  5. Pingback: Colleen’s 2019 #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge Recap No. 121, “Work & Slow,” #SynonymsOnly – The Faery Whisperer

  6. Did I ? Whoo ! 😛

  7. I love meditation and I loved this post !!

  8. Beautiful, Colleen. And thanks for sharing the chakra graphic. 🙂 I think you’ve mainstreamed the tanka form and turned many non-poets into poets! Have a wonderful weekend of meditative balance. <3

  9. lovely and centred Colleen.. hugsx♥

  10. A very nice tanka, Colleen. My favourite style of poetry.

  11. Spinning chakras! What a beautiful spiral that would make…(K)

  12. Lovely and peaceful, Colleen!

  13. So beautifully crafted.

  14. See, that’s lovely Colleen. I like silence too but I’m very big on spinning. My persons is going to tell me all about Chakras. You might find them cropping up in poems in the future 🙂

  15. Peacefully penned.

  16. Love your take sis 💜

Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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