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Colleen’s 2019 #Tanka Tuesday #Poet of the Week & Honorable Mentions, No. 152, #PoetsChoice

Welcome to the Tanka Tuesday Poetry Recap featuring the Poet of the Week and the honorable mention poetry that spoke to me. 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.

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Congratulations, and many thanks to all the participants! The first of the month always gives you a chance to do your own thing by selecting one of the poetry forms and writing what you love. This week was filled with amazing poetry!

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

I will publish the Poet of the Week and Honorable Mention Poets in the 2019 Poet of the Week Anthology, which everyone can 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. You may not feel the same way about my choice. That’s okay. Perception is different for all of us.

The Poet of the Week

This week, I’ve chosen Donna Matthews as the Poet of the Week. She’s written an amazing Haibun Tanka I’ve added below. There are many emotions at play in her words. What I really liked was the different meanings that could be inferred by the reader.

In fact, take the time to visit her blog and read the comments. Many folks drew attention to the last line: “I stumbled along the edge…” which was clearly the climax of her poem.

There is a connection between inferred meaning and poetry. Poetry is all about inferring or suggesting a meaning behind the poet’s words. But if you can bring to mind other meanings with your prose that will allow you to touch the hearts and souls of more than one reader.

“Valley” #Haibun #Tanka

My friend sits down with a sigh. No, it’s more like plops down in defeat. Everything she knew yesterday is no longer true today. She’s lost her way. I share my lost days with her. Days so dark I couldn’t see two steps ahead. Barely enough light to see one.

past valleys transversed
memories tumbling forth
a darkest black road
wild fear my companion
I stumbled along the edge

©2019 Donna Matthews

Honorable Mention(s)

Annette Rochelle Aben got the honorable mention this week for her poem. This Tanka doesn’t infer meaning. Instead, the message is obvious. There’s nothing wrong with stating a meaning or inferring a meaning. It’s all up to you as the poet, to choose how you want to get your message across.

“Look Beyond” #Tanka

Her beauty
Ever her captor
She the slave
To her looks
Longing to truly be seen

©2019 Annette Rochelle Aben

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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. Congratulations to Donna and Annette on their beautiful poems. Great choices, Colleen. I especially enjoyed the Haibun!

  2. Excellent choices!

  3. Congratulations to Donna and to Annette.. wonderful words beautifully put together. thanks Colleen. ♥

  4. Congrats to Donna and Annette! Well done, ladies.

  5. Many thanks, Sis! I am honored to have my poem recognized. <3

  6. So honored…thank you!!

  7. Congrats to Donna and my sis Annette! <3

  8. Again fabulous entries, well done to Donna Matthews and Annette Rochelle Aben and everyone who entered 💜. Plus thank you to Colleen as ever for organising us all.💜💞

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