Colleen’s Syllabic Poetry

"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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"Memories Locked in Stone," A #Nonet, #writephoto,

All posts will be featured in the weekly round-up on Thursday, 23rd January at 10am GMT, linking back to the original posts of contributors. Use the image below as inspiration to create a post on your own blog… poetry, prose, humour… light or dark, whatever you choose, as long as it is fairly family-friendly. Submit your link by …

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#Haiku & #Senryu Poetry Forms

Now that I’ve got the 2019 Poet of the Week Compilation sorted, I wanted to talk more about writing and creating Haiku and Senryu in English with the traditional rules and what I call the “current” rules. Read my post here: 5/7/5 vs 3/5/3 & 2/3/2 Haiku & Senryu Styles for more information. My challenge …

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Red Bird, #Haiga

It took me a while to come up with my own Haiku using this week’s words: gift and shake for our weekly poetry challenge. Synonyms only, so I used alms for gift, and flits for shake. I chose this image because it adds to the seasonal nature of my Haiku. Not sure how to create …

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“The Morrigan,” A Garland #Haiku

The minute I laid eyes on the photo that Linda picked out for our #photoprompt challenge this month, I recognized the dark birds as the harbingers of the great Celtic Queen, the Morrigan. Her fiery strength manifests in the orange glow of the sun as it highlights the arid plains that stretch to infinity. As …

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“Disappearing,” A #Haibun #Tanka

Diana Peach sure picked a doozy of an image for us to work with for our photo challenge this week. I thought long and hard. I kept zeroing in on the poppy and the snake. There was a story there and I had to tell it. I imagined a woman in the late 1800s abused …

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“The Awakening,” Haibun/Nonet

This week for my poetry challenge Jane Dougherty (the Poet of the Week winner from last month’s photo prompt) selected the image below for poetic inspiration. This photo spoke to me of rebirth. I imagined the remnants of our civilization clinging to life after the mother goddess purged the land with fire. Afterward, she cleansed …

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“Moon Madness,” #Haiku

This week for my poetry challenge, the words were “enchant and fly.” Finding different synonyms than everyone else proved to be rather interesting. So, for enchant, I used bewitched. For fly, I used a phrase, take flight. bewitched by the moonsynchronicity stymiedstartled—birds take flight ©2019 Colleen M. Chesebro What are you doing tonight to celebrate …

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“Monsoon Madness,” A #Haibun #Tanka

The challenge words for this week’s poetry challenge are “character and wild.” I used tempestuous for character, and howling for wild. Here in Arizona, the weather forecasters speak of “the monsoon season” and the destruction it sometimes wrecks across Phoenix and Maricopa County. “Not to worry,” I said. We’ve lived through blizzards, sub-zero temperatures, hurricanes, …

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