“Fake News,” #Tanka

This week, I shared my ideas about writing political poetry. You can read that article HERE. Political poetry is difficult to write. You don’t want to preach, but you also want to get your feelings across to others. How do you do that?

To start, you can choose a topic that brings you the most outrage. From there, describe how that topic affects you – what you believe in, and how that makes you feel.

For my weekly poetry challenge, I chose to write about fake news using the Tanka form. I like the Tanka because you can assemble your thoughts into short bursts, which I think resemble fake news phrases. At least, that was my intent.

Those two little words (fake news) do more damage to our freedoms than any other. If we can’t believe what we hear from our elected officials, where does that leave us?

For the word, ugly, I used, foul, and for the word, pretty, I chose the word fair. Fair-weather adds another dimension to the poem. Look up the word HERE.

“Fake News,” A #Tanka

Fair-weather thoughts drift
ebbing and flowing like dreams
blinded to the truth
sailing through a narrow mind
grim dogma – a foul weapon

© 2019 Colleen M. Chesebro

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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24 Comments

  1. Well done Sis. I concur with your thoughts. <3 xx

  2. Excellent poem Colleen, there is a lot of foul-/fair-weather in the media these days, That give Truth seekers a bad name.

    Much love Colleen and thank you

  3. Reblogged this on Once Upon a Time…. and commented:
    This Tanka poem by Colleen M. Chesebro, “Fake News” says something so true, so real, in such an elegant and intellectual way that it soothe the pain of knowing we live in a time of “Fake News”.

  4. Brilliant Colleen, can I call you Sis. The tanka truly hits the mark no name no pack drill.💜💜💜

  5. I like this take on fake news – it’s not rushed, just thoughtful and calm.

    • Thanks. That’s what I think makes my chose of words more impactful. If you have to mull it over that means the reader is connecting with your writing. At least, I hope. 😀

  6. I appreciate the idea of not getting preachy and focusing on how it matters to you. It’s a good writing lesson even when it’s not poetry.

    • So true! I try so hard to listen and weigh both sides, but ultimately it all has to do with how a situation makes you (or your character) feel. Showing and not telling. Always important. <3

  7. I’m not a big fan of political poetry, as much of it I’ve read tends toward diatribe. However, I’ve never read any in the tanka form, which was just right for getting your message about fake news across in a meaningful way. I’m glad I stopped to read it!

  8. I agree. Great tanka!

  9. Pingback: Colleen’s 2019 #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge Recap No. 135, #SynonymsOnly – The Faery Writer

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