Colleen’s 2019 #Tanka Tuesday #Poet of the Week & Honorable Mention(s), No. 139, #PoetsChoiceofWords

Welcome to the Tanka Tuesday Poetry Recap featuring the Poet of the Week and the honorable mention poetry that really caught my eye from last week’s challenge. 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! You’ve given me some hard choices this week. I was stunned by all the beautiful poetry. I really struggled with picking a favorite. It just goes to show how accomplished your poetry has become. ❤

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.

The Poet of the Week

This week, I’ve chosen Pat R, from her blog, Thoughts & Entanglements, as the Poet of the Week for her Haiku poem featured below.

I love Haiku and Senryu for the brevity of words. You have to pick the right combination of words, not only for the syllable count, but also to enhance your meaning. When you find a word that does double duty and creates something unexpected, as in the word “crying,” you’ve hit pay dirt. This Haiku, in my opinion, holds a powerful meaning!

Undoing

glacier ice tumbles
in a major undoing –
onlookers cheer, gulls cry

© 2019 Pat R

An Honorable Mention goes to Sally Cronin for her double Etheree, “A Dog’s Life.” The Etheree form is used when the poet tries to create a memorable message through the required line and syllable count. Seriously, anyone who has ever owned a pet can relate to her words.

Not sure how to write an Etheree? Check it out HERE.

Sally’s dog, Sam

A Dog’s Life

Years
so brief,
but so full
of love and joy,
with fun to be had
when a dog chooses you.
Holding them close to your heart,
inhaling that sweet puppy smell,
an ancient bond is reignited,
drawing you deep into their magic world.
They take no heed of the passing of time,
nor do they see into the future.
There are crucial priorities
that have to be considered.
Walks, sleep, play and their food.
But, above all else,
they worship you
as leader
of their
pack.

©2019 Sally G. Cronin

My final Honorable Mention for this week, goes to Kerfe Roig and her Haibun/Tanka called, “Draw a Bird Day: Grackle.” Kerfe creates her own artwork too!

I really enjoyed her Haibun because I felt like I was walking along the beach with her. The Tanka compliments her prose but doesn’t repeat or explain what the prose already said. Instead, the reader is treated to another facet of her experience.

“Grackle,” by Kerfe Roig

Draw a Bird Day: Grackle

Every beach vacation comes with its own bird. One year it was mockingbirds, one year a very vocal cardinal.  One year, crows.

This year we were accompanied by grackles. They would sit on the railing of the beach house speaking in their rusty tongue, lined up like soldiers. If one turned, all turned.  Once they saw someone was paying attention they would vocalize a bit more and suddenly disappear.

On the beach they appeared ahead of my walking path and waited for me, foraging in the waves. As soon as I caught up, they flew off ahead again.

Although it’s natural to see their iridescent strutting as a variation on crows, grackles are actually part of the lark family, related also to blackbirds and orioles.

But they do have a connection to crows—all back birds are said to know magic, to live on the borders of the possible unknown.

standing on the edge
between water and shoreline,
feathers glittering,
you pause, watch me watching you–
our eyes meet through layered light

©2019 Kerfe Roig

See you tomorrow for the new challenge! ❤

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
Pixabay Image
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

autumn 2019 grid s
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 2019 #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge Recap No. 135, #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.

POETRY NEWS: Poetry Contests & Journal Submissions

Currently, UHTS is accepting poetry for the Autumn Issue of the Cattails Journal. Submissions for Autumn/ October issue open 1st July (midnight) GMT and close 15th August (midnight) GMT. 
Read the submission requirements: HERE. You can view the journal HERE. READ the UHTS poetry definitions that are acceptable for submission HERE.

UHTS also is sponsoring the “Fleeting Words” Tanka Competition. Submission Period and Deadline: May 1-August 15 of each year. There is a 10 poem limit on the number of submissions. If more than 10 poems are submitted, only the first 10 poems will be entered. Entries must be the original work of the author, be previously unpublished and not under consideration elsewhere for the entire time period it takes to complete the judging. Click HERE for submission requirements and read carefully to find the current competition.

We had great success using the new email submission for your poetry. (tankatuesdaypoetry@gmail.com). Remember, please send me your name, title of your poem, #type of poem, and the link to your blog post where the poem was published.

Please don’t just email me your link. When you do that, I have to go to your blog, copy your poem, cut and paste that with no formatting into a Word document and then, cut and paste the poem into my new post. The WordPress platform has changed. It’s becoming more and more difficult for me to copy posts from those of you who use the OLD editor. This recap takes me about 3 hours to compile into a post. I need your help in order for me to continue publishing a RECAP featuring your poem with a link back to your blog. Thanks. ❤

The Poet of the Week 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.

As an added accolade, I will also reblog your post on my blog to give the Poet of the Week maximum exposure. ❤

This week, I’ve chosen Annette Rochelle Aben, as the Poet of the Week. Her poem, an Etheree called, “Is it Really Love?” really did justice to the prompt words by invoking emotions. When you read Annette’s words, you feel her pain. That empathy connects her to her readers. Find her poem below.

This weeks honorable mention goes to Kerfe Roig and her Haiga, “Derby King.” The drawing is done by Kerfe, and in true Haiga fashion compliments the poem while the Senryu portion stands alone.

Why did I call her a poem a Senryu? If your poem has irony present (usually in the third line) it’s usually a Senryu.

Irony is a figure of speech in which words are used in such a way that their intended meaning is different from the actual meaning of the words. It may also be a situation that ends up in quite a different way than what is generally anticipated. In simple words, it is a difference between appearance and reality.

literarydevices.net

HERE’S WHO JOINED US LAST WEEK FOR THE POETRY CHALLENGE USING SYNONYMS FOR

ORDER: title, type of poem, followed with the name of the poet, and the link back to their post, and the poem.


“Ocean,” #Haiku, by Donna Matthews

charming melody
toes curling in the hot sand
wretched thoughts washed off

***

“The Girl,” #Haiku Stanzas ending with a #Tanka, by Violet Lentz

The girl’s a live wire
from woven hair to mani’d
tips- she’s electric.

The girl’s on fire
magazine covers smokin’
Youtube links burn bright

The girl’s hot copy
glam pix or sordid romance
media laps it up

The girl is burnin’
flaming tongues set her ablaze
‘spec’ fuels the fire

The girl’s a train wreck.
Her every move on trial.
Bruised and battered, once
shooting star- snuffed out. John Q
Public? Drunk on her demise.

***

“Personal Preference,” #Tanka, by Miriam Hurdle

Pleasing view to me

Unsightly scene to others

Taste buds are distinct

No worries of sweet or sour

In time, you’ll find lovers

***

“Golden Willow Tree,” Double #Tanka, by Marjorie (MJ) Mallon

So charming you are

Sweet golden willow bending

Longing for water

Not I, deep depths frighten me

I long to touch you… alas…

***

Pleasing temptation

Your branches beckon nearer

No danger greater

I dangle closer

To make an uncomely splash

***

“Fairy Tales,” #Etheree, by Sally Cronin

Fair
maidens
grace the plot
of old fables
and of fairy tales,
gaining princes and crowns.
How unfair of the writers,
to deny those more unsightly,
all the riches within the pages
and the right to happy ever after.

***

“An Unlikely Pair,” #Shadorma, by Sa Huynh

Unsightly
Green box powers home
Next to it
Lavender
Flower accompanies box
Charming passersby 

***

“Pretty Ugly,” #Tanka, by Ritu Bhathal

A beautiful face

Can mask a grotesque nature

Be wary of looks

You think you’re seeing one thing

Truth is something different

***

“loss seems forever,” #Tanka, by Ken Gierke

loss seems forever

in darkness beyond desire

new needs awaken

one heart touches another

the beauty of new love born

***

“The Owl,” #Crapsey #Cinquain Sequence, by Merril D. Smith

She glides,

elegant, her

wings whisper feathered hopes,

listen. . . she hoots a warning call,

beware

fierce claws

grasping rabbit–

stunning, horrid nature!

Predator and prey in moonlit

death dance.

***

“Anita’s Etheree,” #Etheree, by Anita Dawes

“What

Have you

Carried in,

It’s hideous.”

I like my green bowl

To me it’s beautiful

It had to have pride of place

Placing a faux candle inside

My family teased, saying “it won’t help.”

My bowl became a precious glowing shell…

***

“A Child’s Dream, #Senryu, by Dorinda Duclos

Hideous faces

In the darkness of the night 

Taint angelic dreams

***

“Deception,” Double #Tanka, by D.G. Kaye (aka Debby Gies)

Disguised as promise

A chaotic clusterfuck

Beautifully concealed

Reality distorted

Hostility reigns rampant.

***

Suppressing the truth

Predator assumes applause

Undigested lies

Pandora’s present unleashed

Smorgasbord of hate revealed

***

“A Deceptive One,” #Senryu, by The Dark Netizen

She Is Deceptive.
Behind Her Beautiful Face,
Hides A Grisly Soul…

***

“Derby King,” #Haiga, by Kerfe Roig

“Derby King,” #Haiga, by Kerfe Roig

***

“Skin Deep,” #Etheree, by Willow Willers

Such

Beauty

So comely

As too beguile

The eye and  the heart

Of every man she meets

Truth will out there is no doubt

Her loveliness is but skin deep

The evil inside would  make  you weep

Her goodliness  was  no more  than skin deep

***

Annette Rochelle Aben, Poet of the Week 7/9 – 7/14, 2019

“Is it Really Love?” #Etheree, by Annette Rochelle Aben

Her

Mother

Always said

Fancy dresses

And the handsome guys

Were for the other girls

You know, the ATTRACTIVE ones

Not the HIDEOUSLY fat ones

These words just drove them further apart

After all, food didn’t care about looks

***

“Lost Gardens,” #Tanka, by Bobby Fairfield

Elizabethan

gardens, both medicinal

and quite appealing

some though find, regular lines

can prove an unsightly bore.

***

“Burning in Plain Sight,” #Haiku, by Tina Stewart Brakebill 

as we spin a tale   

the beauty of youth turns foul

burning in plain sight

***

“Movement,” #Butterfly #Cinquain, by Jane Dougherty

Graceful

the trees’ wind dance

swallows’ wild dart and swoop

even the lane’s pale sinuous

winding

as it meanders in dappled

shade away from the town’s

unsightly squat

grey sprawl.

***

“Inflame,” #Butterfly #Cinquain, by Linda Lee Lyberg

His eyes 
are beautiful 
and ominous, a man 
Having seduced a tender heart 
gets burned 
When he breaks her lovely spirit 
Hot pain inflames, and feeds 
the fury in 
her eyes.

***

“Cycle,” #Haiku, by H. R. R. Gorman

Foul, astringent stench
Of grass processed into dung –
Price of lovely blooms.

***

“Pride & Envy,” Double #Tanka, by Vashti Quiroz-Vega

As a butterfly

you wore your wings high with pride

looking down on worms

forgetting what you once were

a crawling caterpillar

***

No plain butterflies

just lovely flowers in flight

while the moth looks on

Counting the days to their end

Death comes in a week or two

***

“Fake News,” #Tanka, by Colleen Chesebro

Fair-weather thoughts drift
ebbing and flowing like dreams
blinded to the truth
sailing through a narrow mind
grim dogma – a foul weapon

***

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