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. ❤

Author: Colleen M. Chesebro

Colleen M. Chesebro is an American Poet who loves crafting paranormal fantasy and magical realism, cross-genre flash fiction, syllabic poetry, and creative 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, and shadorma poetry. Colleen's syllabic poetry has appeared in the Auroras & Blossoms Poetry Journal, and in “Hedgerow, a journal of small poems.” She’s won numerous awards from participating in the Carrot Ranch Rodeo, a yearly flash fiction contest sponsored by carrotranch.com. In 2020, she won first place in the Carrot Ranch Folk Tale or Fable category, with her story called “Why Wolf Howls at the Moon.” Colleen is a Sister of the Fey, where she pursues a pagan path through her writing. When she is not writing, she is reading. She also loves gardening and crocheting old-fashioned doilies into works of art.

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