A #Colorado Spring – A #Tanka

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

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: NotableQuotes.com

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

Blown by winter gales –
field grasses dry and fallow,
fiery flames devour.
The meadow choked with dark smoke
mourns the delay of spring rains.

©2017 Colleen 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: FIRE & RAIN, or if you need some visual inspiration write your Tanka poem and tell us of the feelings and descriptions from the photo below:

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Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka #Poetry Challenge # 24 – “FIRE & RAIN”

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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 23rd CHALLENGE USING THE WORDS – HELP & SMILE: (Please make sure to visit the other participants. We learn from each other. <3)

Two on a Rant/Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Challenge #23 Help & Smile

Rena Saxena/The Last Smile

Tanka: Stirrings – Jane Dougherty Writes

Naa Prapancham, My World/Spring Smiles

The Melting Snow: Smile of the Cabin Owner (Traveler’s Tanka) – Thoughts of Words

tanka “HELP & Smile” – Mick E Talbot Poems EDIT

Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Poetry Challenge #23 Help & Smile | Annette Rochelle Aben

Helpful Smile | The Syllabub Sea

Help & Smile | thoughts and entanglements

Tanka – Help & Smile | radhikasreflection

Tanka Tuesday//Colleen’s weekly//poetry challenge  23 Help & Smile. – சுழல்கள்/Suzhalgal

Joy | Sue Vincent’s Daily Echo

Cookie Crumb Lips – A #Tanka – Colleen Chesebro ~ Fairy Whisperer

Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Challenge: Help and Smile | The Dragon’s Lair

Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka #Poetry Challenge # 23 – HELP & SMILE | K Y R O S M A G I C A

Deepikas Ramblings/Tanka – Help & Smile

Loki (a tanka) | Darkness of His Dreams EDIT

Tanka – Help/Smile | Willow Poetry EDIT

Smile | method two madness

Crone Chronicler/Tanka Challenge #23 – Help and Smile: Belle Vs. Rehab

This week’s Poet of the Week is Marie, from her blog, The Syllabub Sea. Her Tanka poem was inspired by Lewis Carroll and captures the Cheshire Cat in all his glory.

Notice how the first three lines form a picture in your mind. Marie’s last two lines are her observations. Perfect!

Helpful Cheshire cat

Guides lost travellers with an

Inscrutable grin.

But when Wonderland dissolves

The elusive cat retires.

© 2017 The Syllabub Sea

~**~

Here are the two words for this week’s challenge: FIRE & RAIN

(Remember you can use 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

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Elemental Beings

There are four elements in nature: fire, air, earth, and water. In fact, our ancient astrological signs are based on these four elements.

The three fire signs are Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius. The three air signs are Libra, Aquarius, and Gemini. The three earth signs are Capricorn, Taurus, and Virgo. And lastly, the three water signs are Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces.

Even ancient humans recognized the power of the elements. Antiquity is filled with the myths and stories of the elementals.

Each element has a spiritual energy attached to it. This spiritual energy, in my humble opinion, is what the fairies are composed of. Many take the form of birds, animals, or even insects for protection from human intervention. They consist of cosmic energy and inhabit a parallel plane of existence. When they do show us their true forms they resemble Gnomes (earth), Salamanders (Fire), Sylphs (Air), and Undines (water).

The gnomes are the nature spirits belonging to the earth. There is a subgroup listed as well. They are Brownies, Dryads, Durdalis, Earth spirits, Elves, Hamadryads, Pans, Pygmies, Sylvestres, and Satyrs.

The Salamanders are the ancient beings that are fire. We can’t live without them, as ancient man found out. These are the most powerful of the elementals and ruled by Djinn. They resemble balls of fire or lizard-like creatures almost a foot in length.

The Sylphs are air spirits said to live at the highest peaks of the mountains. They are the rulers of the winds and have a temperamental nature.

The Undines control the waters of the earth. They live within the water atoms and cannot be seen with normal vision. There is a subgroup of Undines which are Limoniades, Mermaids, Naiads, Oceanid, Oreads, Potamides, Sea Maids, and Water Spirits.

The Undines are what I based my Naiad fairy nymphs off of in my debut novel. That is why I portrayed my swamp fairy to be green-skinned; resembling the water of the swamp she inhabits.

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Each elemental being is unique to their environment and they mirror that existence on earth. I believe they can understand our human thoughts. However, they are not individualized beings. They belong to a collective consciousness that lives on a separate plane from us. I often describe them as bees belonging to a hive, communicating for the collective good of the particular hive, or clan.

The elementals are not immortal and cannot be destroyed by the four elements because they are etheric and part of the four elements of nature. Nature takes care of their own, although elementals cannot change their element. They can’t start out as a Salamander and switch to an Undine, for example.

It is not surprising then when my research on the elementals revealed that when their time on earth is finished, they are absorbed back into the collective consciousness of the elemental realm. I feel they are reborn or reincarnated when their expertise is called upon to aid humanity once more.

The Elementals answer only to the Devas.

Wikipedia shares:

“A deva (देव Sanskrit and Pāli) in Buddhism is one of many different types of non-human beings who share the godlike characteristics of being more powerful, longer-lived, and, in general, much happier than humans, although the same level of veneration is not paid to them as to Buddha’s.”

Summitlighthouse.org
is a great place to learn more about the elementals.

Thanks for stopping by to learn about the elementals with me. ❤

SoCS–Suspicion

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Badge by: Doobster @ Mindful Digressions

Our Saturday Stream of Consciousness prompt from Linda was:

“Element.” Choose one of the four: air/water/earth/fire or use the word “element” however you wish to define it. Enjoy!

I chose to work with the element of fire, as I have been on a poetry streak lately.

 

rose hoar frost

Flames lick the burning passions of my distrust,

as I gaze at the deep nothingness in your eyes.

Your cold icy stare smolders in the empty recesses of my soul.

I see your hatred, ablaze with desire, a cheap tawdry trick

aimed to once again draw me into the realm of  your darkness.

I feel your cloying breath upon my face –

kisses dripping with an icy resolve

luring me, taunting me, haunting me.

My skepticism lingers, as cold fingers of doubt grip and choke –

clutching at my trembling, rapidly beating heart.

Your cruel game is passionate and intense,

filled with the indifference of a first lover.

My own suspicions were astutely intact,

for my disbelief rang true.

The fires that fueled the intensity of you –

now crumble like white hoar-frost in the winds

of an unwelcoming fate.

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