Angel Frost – A #Tanka

Welcome to my contribution to my weekly #Tanka Tuesday poetry challenge. This week, I kept the prompt word “Angel” and changed “devil” to “Lucifer.”

Both words have many connotations. Depending on how you use your synonyms you can modify the meaning of your Tanka poetry in many ways. Don’t be afraid to experiment with synonyms. Sometimes subtle meanings pack the most punch in your poetry. Play with the words for different reactions.

REMEMBER: The best poetry has layers of meaning.

“A poet is a nightingale, who sits in darkness and sings to cheer its own solitude with sweet sounds.”

~ Percy Bysshe Shelley

Please link your #Tanka Poem contribution to my post found here.

Angel Frost

Lucifer’s artwork –
lacy fingered angel frost,
sketched by stinging winds.
Winter’s artistic palate
hiding spring beneath the snow.

©2017 Colleen M. Chesebro


Use these hashtags to tag your post and to Tweet each other’s poems#Tanka Tuesday, #micropoetry, #poetry, #5lines, #Tanka, #poem

Go on Twitter and search for these hashtags. There are tons of great poems to read and retweet.”

Don’t forget to join in and share your #Tanka #Poem using the words: ANGEL & DEVIL, or if you need some visual inspiration write your Tanka poem and tell us of the feelings and descriptions from the photo above.



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Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka #Poetry Challenge #20 – “Angel & Devil”

Happy TANKA Tuesday everyone! Welcome to the TANKA CAFÉ. Are you ready to get groovy with your poetry? Then, you’re in the right place! Pull up a chair, order some coffee or tea and let’s write some TANKA poetry.

Grab a cup of Joe or a cup of tea and read what’s below…


It’s worth taking a moment to check the best way to create a Tanka.

Tanka poems are based on syllable structure much the same way a Haiku is written in the 5/7/5 format.

The Tanka form is easy to create: 5/7/5/7/7 and is a Haiku with two extra lines, of 7 syllables each consisting of five separate lines.

What makes a Tanka different from a Haiku is that the first three lines (5/7/5) are the upper phase. This upper stage is where you create an image in your reader’s mind.

The last two lines (7/7) of a Tanka poem are called the lower phase. Now here is where it gets interesting. The lower stage, the final two lines, should express the poet’s ideas about the image that was created in the three lines above.

Visit Jean Emrich at Quick Start Guide
CLICK THE LINK TO SEE THE EXAMPLES and to learn how to write a Tanka poem

Here are some great sites that will help you write your Tanka.

For Synonyms and Antonyms. When your word has too many syllables, find one that works.

Find out how many syllables each word has. I use this site for all my Haiku and Tanka poems. Click on the “Poetry Workshop” tab to create your Tanka. Here are the rules for the Tanka form:

I will publish the Tanka Tuesday prompt at 12: 03 A.M. Mountain Standard Time (Denver
Time).  That should give everyone time to see the prompt from around the world.


How Long Do You Have and Your Deadline: You have a week to complete the Challenge with a deadline of Monday at 12:00 P.M. (Noon). This will give me a chance to add the links from everyone’s Tanka post from the previous week, on the new prompt I send out on Tuesday. I urge everyone to visit the blogs and comment on everyone’s Tanka poem.

The rules are simple.

I will give you two words that you need to use (in some form) in the writing of your Tanka.

The two words can be used in any way you would like to use them. Words have different definitions, and you can use the definitions you like. Feel free to use synonyms for the words.

LINK YOUR BLOG POST TO MINE WITH A PINGBACK. To do a Pingback: Copy the URL (the HTTP:// address of my post) for the current week’s Challenge and paste it into your post. You may also place a copy of your URL of your Tanka Post in the comments of the current week’s Challenge post.

Because of the time difference between where you are, and I am, you might not think your link is there. I manually approve all links. People participating in the challenge may visit you and comment or “like” your post. I also need at least a Pingback or a link in the comments section to know you took part and to include you in the Weekly Review section of the new prompt on Tuesday.

BE CREATIVE. Use your photos and create “Visual Tanka’s” if you wish, although it is not necessary. Use whatever program you want to make your images.

As time permits, I will visit your blog, comment, and TWEET your TANKA

If you add these hashtags to your post your poetry may be viewed more often:

#Tanka Tuesday, #micropoetry, #poetry, #5lines

If you haven’t set up your blog to share to Twitter, you should. It is an excellent way to meet other poets and share your work.

You may copy the badge I have created to go with the Tanka Tuesday Challenge Post and place it in your post:

HERE’S WHO JOINED US LAST WEEK FOR OUR 19th CHALLENGE USING THE WORDS – CRAFT & RISE: (Please make sure to visit the other participants. We learn from each other. <3)

Sunrise on the Sea/Jane Dougherty Writes

Frozen Chosen | The Poetry Channel


Magic – Tanka Poem – The Rolling Hills

Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka #Poetry Challenge #19 – “Craft & Rise” – All About Writing and more

Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Poetry Challenge #19/Two on a Rant

the craft rise and fall | rivrvlogr

Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka #Poetry Challenge #19 – “Craft & Rise” | K Y R O S M A G I C A

Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Poetry Challenge #19 Craft & Rise | Annette Rochelle Aben

Riddles | Sue Vincent’s Daily Echo EDIT

The Artist (a Tanka) | Darkness of His Dreams

Craft & Rise | thoughts and entanglements

The Dragon Healer – A “Tanka” – Colleen Chesebro ~ Fairy Whisperer EDIT

Ark | method two madness

Icarus: A Tanka | Yesterday and today: Merril’s historical musings

Creator’s Craft/Naa Prapancham, My World…

A pink paper bird – Life at 17

Tanka | Craft & Rise – Mick E Talbot Poems

 * A Haibun Reply/Mick E Talbot Poems *

* What is a Haibun? says:

“Haibun is a poetic form that allows one to answer some of these questions while providing a fresh perspective through a lens that focuses on nature and landscape. Haibun combines a prose poem with a haiku. The haiku usually ends the poem as a sort of whispery and insightful postscript to the prose of the beginning of the poem. Another way of looking at the form is thinking of haibun as highly focused testimony or recollection of a journey composed of a prose poem and ending with a meaningful murmur of sorts: a haiku. The result is a very elegant block of text with the haiku serving as a tiny bowl or stand for the prose poem. A whole series of them in a manuscript look like neat little signs or flags—a visual delight.”

This week’s Poet of the Week is Sue Vincent. Her Tanka poem called “Riddles,” really spoke to me this week. Sue always tells me that her poetry is layered with meaning. You will think so too, once you’ve read her excellent creation. ❤

©2017 Sue Vincent

Here are the two words for this week’s challenge: ANGEL & DEVIL

(any forms of the words AND don’t forget to use synonyms)

There are many different meanings to these words. Have fun and experiment. If the prompt words don’t Inspire you… write a Tanka based on the photo BELOW:

Image credit:



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“Here’s what’s on Top of my Christmas Tree – what’s on Yours?”

Hugh, from “Hugh’s Views and News,” is doing a special blog event.  Hugh, and the sweet angel Angela on top of his Christmas tree, would like us to help him raise up to £250 for charity.  If you’d like to take up Hugh and Angela’s challenge then here’s what you need to do.  Hugh SAYS:

“1. Take a picture of what is on top of your Christmas tree.

2. Start a new blog post called “Here’s what’s on Top of my Christmas Tree – what’s on Yours?”

3. Detail in the post that you are helping Angela and Hugh raise up to £250 for charity, by showing everybody what is on top of your Christmas tree.

4. Link your post back to this post by using a Pingback so other participants can see what is on top of your Christmas tree.  Pingbacks are easy to set up and I’ve given full instructions on how to set one up further down this post.

5. If you have problems with a Pingback, then just leave a comment with a link to your post in the comments section of this post.

You can take part in this challenge anytime between now and Monday 5th January 2015.  Then, on Twelfth Night (6th January), I’ll announce which tree topper Angela has chosen as her winner before she goes back in her box to sleep until next December.  The winner, if they accept, can then write a guest post for my blog.

I will give £1 to charity for every Pingback or comment, which includes a link to a post that shows what is on top of the author’s Christmas Tree, up to a maximum of £250.  I’ll announce which charity Angela and I have chosen, along with the amount raised, in my Twelfth Night post on 6th January.

How to set up a Pingback to Hugh’s post.

1. Include and highlight the words “Angela and Hugh” in your blog post.

2. Click on the icon that looks like a piece of chain (it’s the right hand icon underneath the “add Contacts Form” on the page you write a new post.  If you hover over it with your mouse, it says “Insert/Edit link”).  A new window will then open.

3. In the URL box of the new window which has just opened, enter the web address of this post.  You can copy the address from your web browser’s window/bar and then paste it directly into the URL box.

4. In the Title box enter “Angela and Hugh’s Christmas Tree Topper Challenge”.

5. Put a tick in the box entitled “Open link in a new window/tab”.

6. Click on “Add Link”.

The Pingback will then be set up.

Please don’t have any hesitation in contacting Hugh at Hugh’s Views and News if you are having any problems setting up a Pingback, as he will be more than happy to help.

Hugh said to please feel free to reblog this post so that others can also take part and, if you like, then why not join Angela and I and set up your own challenge and raise some money for charity over this Christmas and New Year season?  You can use the same challenge as Angela and I have chosen if you like.

If you don’t have a Christmas Tree or anything on the top of your Christmas tree, then why not write a post and include a picture about the best thing that has happened to you in 2014, and link it back to this post and help me achieve my target of £250 for charity.

I’ll leave you with a few other pictures of our Christmas decorations and wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.”

Hugh, I looked around for a few trinkets to add to my Florida Driftwood Christmas Tree.  Mind you it is not large, so my pictures are of a small space:

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Here is my angel on top of my tree and a wooden teddy bear with Ron’s and my name on it from 1991. The Koala bear was something that my Dad and Step Mother brought back from New Zealand many years ago when I was a teen (so you know it is OLD). Smile

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This is a better view of our tiny driftwood tree.  I added the shells from Pensacola Beach because my grand children picked them up for me last Christmas.

Special thanks to Hugh for sponsoring such a great event.  So get busy! WHAT’S ON TOP OF YOUR CHRISTMAS TREE?

Thanks for spending some time with me today.  I will see again!

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