Colleen’s Syllabic Poetry

Searching for Answers, #TankaProse

This week, Sally Cronin provided our poetry challenge theme prompt. She selected, “the night sky.” What a fabulous theme! In this topsy-turvey world we live in, remember to keep striving for the good. Searching for Answers, #TankaProse Tonight, the sky is awash with dark featherlike clouds whose wispy edges obscure the sparkle of the celestial …

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The Fear of Running Out of Wine (TFOROOW), #Senryu

I’ve been busy with my house painting and thought it was time I checked in with everyone. We’re about half-way through our painting endeavor. We’re pretty exhausted at this point. The good thing is that we’ve kept our ourselves busy while playing 60s, 70s, and 80s hits on Pandora Radio to make our work go …

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Seeking Serenity, #Gogyohka or #Modern #Tanka

Whew! What a busy week it’s been. I’ve struggled to find time to work on my new poetry book amid a series of events which interfered in my time, every day. Between a four-hour power outage in my neighborhood, and the daily mess and noise from a new-build next door, I’m struggling for time to …

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Finding Clarity, #Tanka

This week for our poetry challenge it was “theme week.” It was Ken Gierke’s (Riverlogr) turn to pick the theme. He decided on the phrase, “finding clarity.” What a great choice! Let’s talk about Tanka poetry this week. Many poets think this form is comprised of five lines, and 31 syllables. That’s true up to …

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Once in a Blue Moon, #Shadorma #PhotoPrompt

This week for my poetry challenge, Ritu picked an interesting photo. I got excited at what the rest of you saw or felt from the image. Some detected a malevolence, while others conveyed a normal evening with the moon overhead. Shadorma poetry has its own rhythm and flow, called a sestet, a six-line stanza poem …

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“Love is,” #Gogyohka

Let’s talk more about the Gogyohka syllabic poetry form which uses the 5/7/5/7/7 Tanka line structure. Instead of counting syllables we write in phrases consisting of one spoken breath. I can hear you all now… how can this form fit into the syllabic category if we don’t count the syllables? The Gogyohka form by Enta …

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Parental Trials, #Senryu & Reading Winning Poetry

I wanted to share more about the differences between Haiku and Senryu, but first… The other day I read this post: World Haiku Series 2019 (42) Haiku by Ed Bremson. The Haiku/Senryu/Hybrid Haiku-Senryu poetry contained in the post is spectacular. These are poems that have won awards in different contests. Click the links and have a …

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“The Circle of Life” #Senryu

This week for our poetry challenge, I chose the theme, “the circle of life.” On Monday, I’ll reblog someone’s poem and offer them the opportunity to choose the theme for next month. I like the idea of more participation and choice by the challenge participants. This should be fun! The use of themes is a …

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“Promises,” #Gogyoka

Thanks to Ken Gierke, I’ve added the Gogyoka in English to our syllabic poetry forms, bringing the count up to ten. The Gogyoka (pronounced go-gee-yoh-kuh) form is a five-line Japanese form with no restriction on length. Created by Enta Kusakabe in 1983, there are five rules: Gogyohka is a new form of short poem that …

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Monday’s Walk, Traditional & Current #Haiku Forms #MondayBlogs

I didn’t get a chance to use the prompt words this week for my own poetry challenge, so please forgive me. I left early for my walk this morning. My phone shared the news that the weather was a mild 55 degrees F. Yet, I knew better. The winds in western Arizona howl across the …

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