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Colleen’s 2019 #Tanka Tuesday #Poet of the Week & Honorable Mention(s), No. 143, #PoetsChoice

Welcome to the Tanka Tuesday Poetry Recap featuring the Poet of the Week and any honorable mention poetry that deserves a second read. 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.

This week for the first of the month, the challenge participants had the opportunity to choose their own words. I’m always blow away by the creativity and the poets never disappoint.

Congratulations, and many thanks to all the participants! Please visit the challenge post comments HERE, where you’ll find the links to everyone’s poetry. Stop by and say hello! <3

The Poet of the Week and Honorable Mention Poets will be published in the 2019 Poet of the Week Anthology, which everyone will be able to grab as a FREE PDF in January 2020.

Each week, I like to highlight a poet who I call the Poet of the Week, who has shared an exceptional message, or shown 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.

The Poet of the Week

This week, I’ve chosen Sally Cronin as the Poet of the Week for her double Etheree poem featured below. What I especially loved about this poem, was how smoothly her words flowed. She completes her first thought, which then flows into her next thought. The poetry is succinct, and the reader easily understands her message.

This poem is unrhymed, but the words carry their own rhythm, meaning, imagery, and in this case, an underlying second meaning. Not only are we saying goodbye to Summer, we are also rejoicing in the bounty of the harvest and welcoming the darkness of winter. Excellent!

The Summer Bids Farewell

I utter
the words goodbye,
to warm days though brief
that boosted my morale.
The glow that has bronzed my skin,
reminds me of the longer days,
of a summer that has been too short,
though bolstered me for the winter to come.
But, in the interim we have autumn.
A welcome season of fruitfulness.
Leaves will turn gold and apples red,
with fields stripped of their harvest
Soon we will give our thanks
for all this bounty
that fill the stores,
giving life,
through dark

©2019 Sally Cronin

Honorable Mention(s)

Reena Saxena’s Butterfly Cinquain featured below, shows a lovely connection between the shape of the poem (butterfly) and her theme of how “writing gives her freedom.” Do you remember the 1970’s poem, “If you love someone, set them free?” There was always a butterfly featured on those posters. I felt her words, if you know what I mean?

I also love the significance of the phrase “soul colors.” That really caught my eye.

Reena also makes a great comparison between the colors of black & white, and how she wants to “recolor life’s ends.” I like the analogy she set up with her choice of words.

Colors of Life

gives me freedom
paint words in soul colors
I choose colors sandwiched between
black and white - do not a life make
whole spectrums invite me
to recolor
life's ends

©2019 Reena Saxena

Stay Tuned for the Next Challenge!

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. Reblogged this on Where Genres Collide Traci Kenworth YA Author & Book Blogger and commented:
    The winner and honorable mention!

  2. Two beautiful poem choices, Colleen. Congrats to Sally and Reena. 🙂

  3. I enjoyed both poems – they were lovely.

  4. Lovely poems, both. Write on!

  5. Congrats to all, especially Sally, way to go again Sal! <3

  6. Lovely and lovely… <3

  7. I like the sense of hope in the poems you chose this week. congrats to Sally and Reena! (K)

  8. Absolutely great deserving winners ! Congrats to Sally and Reena!

  9. Many congratulations to Sally! She’s not only multi-talented but a great support and promoter of artists and writers. Thanks, Colleen!

  10. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord Blog Magazine and commented:
    Stunned and delighted to find that Farewell to Summer is this week’s chosen poem for Colleen Chesebro’s Tuesday Tanka Challenge. There is also a wonderful Butterfly Cinquain by Reena Saxena and thanks to Colleen for her wonderful prompts, tutorials and support.

  11. Oh wow Colleen.. completely stunned. Thank you so much and for all the lovely things you had to say for the poem. I am of course delighted and Reena’s Butterfly Cinquain is wonderful. ♥

  12. Another great round up Colleen. Congratulations to Sally Cronin, love your Poet of the week Etheree, and well done to Reena Saxena and Colours of life for their honourable mentions and everyone who entered 💜💜

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