Colleen’s 2019 #Tanka Tuesday #Poet of the Week & Honorable Mentions, No. 138, #SynonymsOnly

Welcome to the Tanka Tuesday Poetry Recap featuring the work of poets from around the globe. If you would like to participate in this challenge, you can learn the rules in the menu item called Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Tuesday Guidelines.

Congratulations, and many thanks to all the participants! Please visit the challenge post comments HERE, where you’ll find the links to everyone’s poetry. Stop by and say hello! ❤

The Poet of the Week and Honorable Mention Poets will be published in the 2019 Poet of the Week Anthology, which everyone will be able to grab as a FREE PDF in January 2020.

Each week, I like to highlight a poet who I call the Poet of the Week, who has shared an exceptional message, or shown impassioned creativity through words or form. Poetry is all about perception, so don’t be shocked if you don’t feel the same way about a poem that I do.

This week, I’ve chosen Ritu Bhathal as the Poet of the Week for her Tanka poem featured below. The first time I read this poem, I immediately noticed the last line. What a surprise! Ritu mirrors the dark and light found in all of us with. I like the play on words because it was so unexpected. This Tanka can also be read forward and backward – intensifying the meaning of her words.

Not sure how to write a Tanka poem? Find out more HERE and in this article on the Pen & the Pad.

Clear & Nature, #Tanka

Relax, Read, Book, Rest, Enjoy
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It isn't simple
Judging someone's character
On a first meeting
Never judge a book, they say
By cover, more lies within

Kerfe Roig’s Haibun/Tanka is a real stunner. The prose part of this Haibun transports the reader on a magical trip. Kerfe employs her artwork in every poem she writes. The image grid below compliments her prose and the Tanka.

Remember, when writing a Haibun, the poetry should never repeat, quote, or explain the prose. The Tanka should reflect a different aspect of the prose by sharing another narrative as a microburst of detail.

I also love her creative word play. Check out: “rainbowed,” which relates to her word imagery and the grid she constructed.

AUGUST (2019), #Haibun #Tanka

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Kerfe Roig

Is it the sky I seize when my hand reaches out to touch the storm of rain? Or do the heavens remain behind the veil, rainbowed and unclouded, waiting for the thunderings of the gods to echo into quietude as they follow the flashes of light to the edge of the horizon?

Everything around me is covered with drops of liquid light.

Gaia, drunk with the season’s retreat, builds an improvised framework out of the movements of the moon.

I look for the line
between now and again, where
flower becomes seed–
All is stillness, dense, restless–
leaves shiver, rattled by wind.

See you for tomorrow’s challenge!

Colleen’s #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge Recap “Happy & Morose,” No. 95, #SynonymsOnly

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Welcome to the Tanka Tuesday Poetry Recap featuring the work of poets from around the globe. If you would like to participate in this challenge, you can learn the rules on the menu item called Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Tuesday Guidelines.

PLEASE NOTE: Don’t forget to count your syllables. Use this site: howmanysyllables.com. Click on the workshop tab. Then, copy and paste your poem into the box, and click “count syllables” at the bottom.

For some, this challenge is a way to learn more about writing in English, even though it’s the American version. English is a second language to many of our participants.

I also understand that accent and inflection play a key roll in the way you say certain words and this will change the syllable count. Here is my compromise: Please try to get as close to the syllable count as possible when writing these syllabic forms of poetry.

This challenge is not for free-verse poetry. ❤

Each week, I like to highlight a poet who I call the Poet of the Week, who has shared an exceptional message, or shown an impassioned creativity through words or form. Poetry is all about perception, so don’t be shocked if you don’t feel the same way about a poem that I do. ❤

POET OF THE WEEK

This week, I’ve chosen Frank Tassone, from his blog, Frank J. Tassone, and his Haibun/Tanka poem called, “Conflicting Silence.”

Writing a Haibun in English with an accompanying piece of poetry can be difficult. You want the poetry to highlight your prose, but you don’t want it to be only about your prose. Brush up on the rules HERE.

I think of it this way. Figure out a theme for your Haibun prose. Add your Tanka, Haiku, or Senryu to pick up on that theme. It shouldn’t repeat what you already said with your prose in the Haibun. Instead, your poetry should reflect some aspect of the prose by introducing a different step in the narrative through a microburst of detail.

Now, read Frank’s poem. His theme is a lament on the passage of time and how it changes everything. Written in the first person, Frank’s prose explains how he got carried away on the internet. (Don’t we all?)

His Tanka poem expounds on the theme of time passage by describing (not telling) how a summer flower looks one minute, and how it looks after the passage of time.

For me, this is a meaningful poem, because he has shared his thoughts and feelings with us. We connect to Frank and his Haibun/Tanka because we’ve experienced this same thing. Excellent!

 

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The sun tries to break through. The clouds that gathered will not scatter. A temperature more consistent with spring than summer holds steady. It was perfect weather to repair the paver stones on the front stoop or write outside all morning. I did neither, becoming lost in folly on the internet.

And so the usual chorus of condemnatory voices arises from my inflamed conscience, stifling the sounds around me. I do hear the neighborhood dogs barking, the companion insects to the cicadas chirping, the rustle of leaves, the acceleration of a distant engine with the tailpipe cut. But I hear them through the troubled silence I erect to shroud away all my “should haves…” and “should not haves…”

Such a contrived silence is so different from the natural one that speaks through every utterance of nature. That lifegiving silence will nourish any that listen.

I wait to be one of them again.

high summer breeze

the ecstatic moment seeing

 a summer flower

the mournful next moment

when the petals wilt away

© 2018 Frank J. Tassone

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Image credit: Pinterest – Poetry: What we stay alive for

 

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A Summer Peach – Let Me Tell You the Story of…

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the fool | like mercury colliding…

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Drought… | Sue Vincent’s Daily Echo

Supernova (matter becomes energy) | method two madness

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#Tanka: Mystery – Charmed Chaos

Poetry Friday ~ Happy & Morose | The Writer Next Door|Vashti Q

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Colleen Chesebro’s Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challenge/D. G. Kaye Writer.com

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