Waiting for Spring – A #Tanka

Welcome to my contribution to my weekly #Tanka Tuesday poetry challenge. This week, I tweaked the prompt word of “clouds” to “shroud,” and I left the word “spring.”

Both words have many connotations. Depending on how you use your synonyms you can alter 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.

The best poetry has layers of meaning.

Image Credit: BrainyQuote.com

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

Waiting for Spring

Winter winds beckon –
as gray mists shroud the mountain,
nature springs anew.
Just when I think it’s over
Mother Nature throws a blow.

©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: CLOUDS & SPRING, or if you need some visual inspiration write your Tanka poem and tell us of the feelings and descriptions from the photo above.

STAY TUNED FOR NEXT TUESDAY’S POETRY CHALLENGE.
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Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka #Poetry Challenge # 25 – Clouds & Spring

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…

SO, LET’S TALK ABOUT HOW TO CREATE THE TANKA POETRY FORM.

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 tankaonline.com 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.

thesaurus.com

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

howmanysyllables.com

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: howmanysyllables.com

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.

WRITE YOUR TANKA POEM ON YOUR BLOG as a post.

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)
Denver time, U. S. A. 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 24th CHALLENGE USING THE WORDS – FIRE & RAIN: (Please make sure to visit the other participants. We learn from each other. <3)

Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka #Poetry Challenge # 24 – FIRE & RAIN/Two on a Rant

Fire & Rain – Playing with words

Tanka: Fire & Rain – Jane Dougherty Writes

Soul on Fire – Reena Saxena

When Nature Muse (Tanka) – Thoughts of Words

“FIRE & RAIN” – Mick E Talbot Poems

Promise | Sue Vincent’s Daily Echo

Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Poetry Challenge #24 Fire and Rain | Annette Rochelle Aben

Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka #Poetry Challenge # 24 – “FIRE & RAIN” | K Y R O S M A G I C A

Untouched by the Rain (a tanka) | Darkness of His Dreams

Fire & Rain | thoughts and entanglements

Tanka //Poetry Challenge// Rain & Fire – சுழல்கள்/Suzhalgal

Fireflies | The Syllabub Sea

Coming of Spring: Tanka | Yesterday and today: Merril’s historical musings

When the Cold Wind Blows | method two madness

Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Poetry Challenge #24 Fire & Rain/Deepikas Ramblings

A #Colorado Spring – A #Tanka – Colleen Chesebro ~ Fairy Whisperer

This week’s Poet of the Week is Method Two Madness (Kerfe & Nina). Excellent imagery in her words and make sure and play the song while you are reading her Tanka.

Read the fourth line! The description is excellent.

If you see fire, if
fire is spilled, smothered by rain,
stolen from the sun–

are bridges burned, rivers run
dry?  A cold flaming.  Unquenched.

©2017 Method Two Madness

James Taylor released his album “Sweet Baby James” in 1970, the year I graduated from high school.  It was a constant in my life for the next few years and remains a touchstone for remembering that time.


When Colleen titled her tanka challenge this week “Fire and Rain,” James Taylor’s song immediately began to play in my head.  Almost all the songs on “Sweet Baby James” talk about the sun, yet there’s a touch of melancholy in every word.  Colleen’s prompt photo, too, seems to reflect these contradictory feelings.  Endings, beginnings:  fire and rain.  My tanka is an imagined conversation with the album and the song.

Here are the two words for this week’s challenge: CLOUDS & SPRING

(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: Pixabay.com

TANKA TUESDAY! JOIN IN AND GET YOUR POETRY ON!

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Contest open to the U.S, Canada, and in the U.K

There are three ways to win: Sign up for Colleen’s Monthly Fairy Whispers Newsletter and/or follow Colleen Chesebro – Fairy Whisperer on Facebook, and/or follow @ColleenChesebro on Twitter. Once you have completed these steps, you are entered into the contest.

In celebration of St. Patrick’s Day this contest runs from March 12, 2017, through March 18, 2017. 

This is a random drawing using the Gleam Competitions App. On March 19, 2017, I will announce the winner on my blog: colleenchesebro.com.

The winner must notify me by email at colleenchesebro3@gmail.com and provide me with their address NLT March 22, 2017, so that I can mail their signed copy to them. Please allow two weeks after the end of this contest for mailing time.

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What are you waiting for?

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Photo 101 Rehab: The Clinic – The Approaching Storm

This week, my contribution to Lucile Godoy’s fabulous photo rehab clinic are the following three images of storm clouds:

It was about 4:00 PM in the afternoon when I took these photos with my Samsung Galaxy 5 phone-camera. The sky was dark and ominous. I was pleasantly surprised at how detailed the images of the clouds appeared. These were not taken as black and white photos.

We received about an inch of rain in an hour from these clouds. No tornadoes – that was a good thing!

Thanks for stopping by to see what I have been up to. I will see you again.

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One Word Photo Challenge – “Storm,” and “Clouds”


The lovely Jennifer Nichole Wells word for this week was “clouds.” I missed last week’s challenge which was “storm.” I am going to use both words this week in my epic photo/fiction event.



The Gulf of Mexico was balmy. Heat radiated from the reflection of the sun on the waves. Wispy clouds promised a hint of possible storms in the late afternoon when the humidity would climb to a crescendo of weather-related events. Every afternoon it was the same. It always rained during the summer. It was a daily release of built up tension caused by the sea and the sun.

seagrass waved in the gentle breeze while sea turns drilled their beaks into the warm, wet sand looking for tiny crustaceans beneath the surface of the lightly breaking waves. The birds scuttled along the beach leaving tiny bird feet etchings in the sand.

The man and woman walked along the beach, hand in hand, oblivious to the heat of the day, laughing as they kicked sand with each step they made. The woman was stunning. Long blond hair falling to her waist blew about in the draft from the Gulf. The man was handsome with dark curly hair and flashing blue eyes that seldom strayed from the woman’s face.


Occasionally, the couple would stop and gaze lovingly into each other’s eyes. They would wrap their arms around each other and kiss passionately as if each kiss was their life blood. Tourists always seemed to lose themselves in the beauty of the beach.

This beach was secluded and far from the maddening crowds of the public beach far down the road. Passionately, the couple dropped to the sand. Swimwear was thrown about carelessly, without a second thought. The two made love to the sound of the birds, the ocean, and the wind. Oblivious to the weather, the man and woman leapt up naked and plunged their bodies into the warmth of the waves of the Gulf of Mexico.

The sky began to change. A darkness crept in from the moisture laden Gulf waters. The clouds rolled and boiled mimicking the action of the waves below.


Seagulls sensing the approaching storm flew about screaming a warning to all who ventured upon the sands below. The undertow caught the woman first. Not familiar with the waters of the Gulf, she struggled to break free from the mighty undercurrents that dragged her further from the shore. She struggled and cried out to the man.

The man saw the woman and swam toward her with swift, sure strokes. As the water was whipped into a fury from the storm, the man felt the waves slam against him. He was beyond the sandbar, and he struggled to reach the woman who was swallowed by the angry sea.

The man felt the deep current suck him under the waves pulling his body further out to sea. The turquoise water had turned a deep, dark green. Thunder rumbled and roared with the ferocity of the winds that whipped the man deeper under the sea.

Just as the man and woman had claimed each other in love, the Gulf of Mexico had received their bodies as a penance to their inability to break the grip of the rip.


Thanks for stopping by today. I sure enjoyed seeing all of you!



Weekly Haiku Challenge # 9

Ronovan Weekly Haiku Challenge

Badge provided by DazzlingWhimsy.

Ronovan Writes Weekly Haiku Challenge is here!  From Ronovan Writes:

If you want to refresh yourselves on a bit of Haiku in English, although you do not have to stick to that particular style of Haiku, it’s just my particular style to use, click here.

For Tips and Guidelines refreshers click here.

This weeks two words to use in some form, meaning you can use another word that means the same thing are:

Before you start!

I have a link that will help you out. Remember for Haiku in English the total syllables are 5 for the first line, 7 for the second, and 5 for the last. This the Haiku I use. I don’t really hold people to that for this but if you want to do it in the 5/7/5 manner, the traditional way, then try that. The link I have for you is . . . howmanysyllables.com. Simply type in the word and find out how many syllables it has. Also for synonyms and antonyms go to thesaurus.com.

The prompts!

Fluffy & Rainbow

Ronovan Writes says, “Yes, I know the words are a little different than normal. However I promised a friend’s daughter that I would let her choose the words this week. I made the mistake of saying fun and uplifting. So she decided to stick it to me with these. She picked Rage and Flammable last week. Yes she has a very odd sense of humor.”

I created the image below using FotoFlexer.  You simply upload a photo and add your words to the image.  It is a free program and has given me great results.

My contribution is as follows called, “Rainbow Guarantees”

Rainbows

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