The Goddess, Freyja – A #Tanka

Merril D. Smith shared a quote from William Shakespeare and The Merchant of Venice, for this week’s poetry challenge. “How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed in a weary world.” ― William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice We’ve had a few big happenings in our little house in the desert. … Read more The Goddess, Freyja – A #Tanka

“Crocodile Spirit Animal,” Traditional Tanka

Vashti Vega selected an amazing photo this week. I received plenty of vibes from this crocodile. How about you? Did you check out the poetry challenge for this week? Click the link and JOIN IN! “Crocodile Spirit Animal,” Traditional Tanka crocodile totema force to be reckoned withkeeper of secrets steward of ancient knowledge ready to gain new … Read more “Crocodile Spirit Animal,” Traditional Tanka

“The Palo Verde Weeps” #Haibun

I always love the beginning of the month’s poetry challenge because poets choose a form and write about the things that mean the most to them. As the number of coronavirus infections and deaths continues to climb in Arizona, I leave at sunrise for my early morning walks to avoid contact with others. I’ve discovered … Read more “The Palo Verde Weeps” #Haibun

“In Retrospect,” #Haibun, #FlashFiction

To get back into the swing of writing, I’ve combined my weekly #PhotoPrompt poetry challenge and the Carrot Ranch prompt into one piece. The April 23, 2020, Carrot Ranch prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story about distance dating. It can be any genre, era, or setting. Who is dating, and … Read more “In Retrospect,” #Haibun, #FlashFiction

Reminiscing about life ~ Earth Day, April 22, 2020

It feels good to be writing again. This pandemic sapped my energy and creativity. I’m glad I took some time off to work on projects around the house. It helped me to settle into this new normalcy. Last week, we celebrated our 35th wedding anniversary, and last Saturday was my birthday. Life feels more precious … Read more Reminiscing about life ~ Earth Day, April 22, 2020

Cinquain History & a #Cinquain, “Heed the Call”

It’s always fun to learn a bit about the person behind the syllabic form. So, meet the creator of the Crapsey Cinquain: American Poet, Adelaide Crapsey, was born on September 9, 1878 in Brooklyn Heights, New York. She was “raised in a liberal environment that encouraged great expectations for women.” ( Adelaide Crapsey did not … Read more Cinquain History & a #Cinquain, “Heed the Call”

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 … Read more Searching for Answers, #TankaProse

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

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 … Read more Seeking Serenity, #Gogyohka or #Modern #Tanka

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 … Read more Finding Clarity, #Tanka

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