“The Lark Bunting” – A #Tanka #Poem

Welcome to my contribution to my weekly #Tanka Tuesday poetry challenge. This week, I kept the prompt words of “Fog” and “Change.”

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.

REMEMBER: The best poetry has layers of meaning.

Image Credit: Quotesgram.com

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

A meadow nymph –
fragile and lissome of wing,
the lark bunting flies.
Change is coming to the fields
after the mountain fogs clear.

©2017 Colleen M. Chesebro

A sneak peek at some of the poetry found in The Heart Stone Chronicles: The Meadow Fairy, the second book in the series… still in its infancy. ❤

The Lark Bunting is the Colorado State bird. Learn more about this amazing creature here.

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: FOG & CHANGE, 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 #21 – “Fog & Change”

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 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.


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: 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.


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)

 Tanka: Angel & Devil – Jane Dougherty Writes

 Tanka Tuesday: Angel &Devil – Image & Word


Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Poetry Challenge #20 – Angel & Devil/Two on a Rant

Angel by Devil’s Act/Naa Prapancham, My World

 Angel & Devil | thoughts and entanglements

 Tanka Tuesday: Angel and Devil | K Y R O S M A G I C A

 Colleen’s Weekly Tanka-Angel&Devil – All About Writing and more

Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Poetry Challenge #20 Angel & Devil | Annette Rochelle Aben

Angelic (a Tanka) | Darkness of His Dreams

Point of view | Sue Vincent’s Daily Echo

A Lost Poem on the Bookmark – Thoughts of Words

Tanka -Discord | Mother Willow

 Aurora Laughs: Tanka | Yesterday and today: Merril’s historical musings

Angel & Devil Tanka/Suzhalgal

Follow the Drinking Gourd | method two madness

Memories/Life at 17

Angel Frost – A #Tanka – Colleen Chesebro ~ Fairy Whisperer

This week’s Poet of the Week is Merrill. Her Tanka poem called “Aurora Laughs,” really spoke to me this week.

Read the fourth line! The description is excellent.

Aurora laughs, flies,

paints the sky with angel wings,

through cracks, light streams in

devil-dark of winter lifts

hope and beauty still exist

©2017 Merril D. Smith

Here are the two words for this week’s challenge: FOG & CHANGE

(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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Brisk Autumn Mornings – A Tanka

Brisk autumn mornings –

fog and dew lay summer bare,

while blue sky kisses

paint lacy frost on spent blooms

commencing my day anew.

by Colleen Chesebro

The Foggy Corridor

Foggy shapes drifting,

suspended –

beings of moisture and light

beckoning and cajoling,

gently persuading,

anticipating your entrance

into the dark corridor.

Will you go?


This photo entry is part of the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo challenge: “Creepy.”

Thanks for visiting. I’ll see you all again!


Foggy Morning Blues

Jennifer Nichole Wells’ One Word Photo Challenge for last week’s (I know I am late) weather word was “fog.”

That is easy to do here in Florida. It was 82 degrees F. this morning at 5:30 AM. I headed outside to take some shots of the fog that was floating about. The air was so thick it was hard to breathe!

The infamous horse hole! The fog looks like mystical beings floating about.

I was shocked to see the fog show up in the photos so clearly!

The field behind our house was obscured by the thickness of the fog.

Thanks for stopping by. Can you feel the heat and humidity in the air?


#PhotoRehab – Foggy Mornings

I am excited about Lucile’s additions to our Photo 101 Rehab – The Clinic. Read all about her upcoming events here. This week, I would like to share how fog can make your images eerie and mysterious.

Here is a photo of Fairy Swamp on a foggy  summer morning. I like how the fog swirls in the tops of the trees and how the murky waters below are muted by the haze above. The image almost seems to be distorted from the fog.

This photo shows the misty qualities of the fog. I love all the different shades of green that can be found on display at Fairy Swamp.

Glad to see you pass through my area today. I’ll see you again,



A Foggy Morning at Fairy Swamp

I have spent the last couple of days working on my book, The Swamp Fairy. This morning I woke up knowing that I had to go to Fairy Swamp. I could not shake the feeling. I am glad I did because this is what I found:

The fog curled and draped around the trees and bushes. It was hot, around 80 degrees F. at 6 a.m. I don’t know if I was hot and sweating or if the fog made me wet, but I was dripping. I looked into the far side of the swamp and saw this dark corridor beckoning to me.  ‘Only a fool would rush in where others fear to tread – it turns out I’m a fool.’

I ran across the road and slipped between the barbed wire fences that encircled Fairy Swamp on the south side of the helicopter field behind my house. Not bad for an old broad, I thought to myself, breathing heavily in the humid air. I walked carefully, staying away from the watery edge of the slough. Frogs croaked deep in their throats while mockingbirds sounded the alarm high above. I watched for snakes in the trees and on the ground. I stepped carefully.

I had to see what was at the end of the darkness that beckoned to me. I was pulled, toward that deep black hole between the trees. Spider webs clung to my arms. I brushed them off, moving stealthily through the dense underbrush. Moisture dripped on me from the leaves of the trees. The swamp grew quiet as if it sensed that an intruder was present.

I crept forward as silently as I could. Dead leaves crunched underneath my feet. The smell of decay drifted in the air. The darkness deepened and expanded. The gloom made it difficult for me to see. Bushes tore at my arms and wet leaves licked across my face. Nevertheless, I felt compelled to continue.

I was almost at the end of the gloom. Suddenly, butterflies of every shape and color rose up from the stump of a tree. Next, dragonflies, their wings, and bodies bejeweled in the colors of gems arose from the center of the stump. Their wings commingled in a riot of color, a kaleidoscope of shapes. The fluttering of wings filled my ears.

I panicked. I was spooked! I ran as hard as I could run to the far edge of the slough where the swamp meets the field. I burst forth from the brush, my hiking boots covered in nettles. Dripping sweat and breathing hard, I looked back toward the blackness of the dark corridor. It was then I realized I had missed the swamp fairies in all their glory!

What a fool I was to run!

This is my contribution to Mel’s Midweek Writing Menagerie! I chose Option 1: Here are the rules:

Option 1: Sentence Starter – ‘Only a fool would rush in where others fear to tread – it turns out I’m a fool.’

The sentence can be used anywhere in the story. The maximum word count is 1,000 words. The genre can be any of your choosing; either factual or fiction based. You may use art to interpret the sentence, or poetry if you wish.

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you enjoyed my tale of fact and fiction. You decide which is which.

Until the next time,






Shrouded Silhouettes

Word Snap Weekly

For my Word Snap Weekly challenge this week, sponsored by Amanda of Unique Art Chic, I would like to add a Tanka poem to celebrate warmer temperatures (for today only) and the return to fog and rainy mornings here in Pensacola, Florida.

Shape of things

What is a Tanka, you ask?  Here is what The Poem Workshop says:

  • A tanka must be EXACTLY 5 lines.
  • The lines must follow the 5-7-5-7-7 format.
    • The 1st & 3rd lines contain 5 syllables.
    • All remaining lines contain 7 syllables.
  • A tanka usually expresses a mood, thought, or feeling.
  • A tanka does not have to rhyme.

Have a fabulous Sunday everyone.  I will see you all again,


Writing 201: Poetry–Through a Fog of Tears

Day Five: Fog, Elegy, Metaphor

fog in am

I knew when you were gone it would be hard to see you again –

ever in that same way.

I cried when you made the choice to leave.

I let you go like silken strands slipping from my waiting arms

blowing in a heavy breeze.

I felt your presence leave as my heart tried so hard to cleave.

I knew our time was past, our days were gone.  We were through.

I sighed and let the memories of you flow like a gentle rain

through a fog of tears and forever pain.

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I am not sure that I understand the elegiac couplets, so this is my humble offering instead.

Thank you all for your encouragement and inspiration!


The Clinic–photo rehab #5: Fog in fairy swamp

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Fairy Swamp in the fog is mysterious with shadows at every turn.  I love the way the fog curls around the bare trees.

Many thanks to Lucile De Godoy and her photo rehab challenge for letting me share my part of the world.


Thanks for popping in to see what I have been up to.  I’ll see you again!

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