“Goddesses Unite!” A Double Tanka

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This week for my Tanka Tuesday Challenge, I’ve done something a little different. I’m participating in a Facebook Event called, Authors Against Domestic Violence, October 4, 2018, with D. G. Kaye, Writer.com (Debby Gies) at 5:30 PM MST.

Sharon Johnson is the event organizer. (All times listed are EST) Here’s what she shares:

Come join me and Luna Saint Claire on October 4th for The Break The Silence Authors Against Domestic Violence event hosted by Peacock Nation from 5pm to 10pm.
Domestic Violence is still a major problem in our country even today. I hope you’ll join us to learn more while seeing some of your favorite authors as well as new ones.#LunaSaintClaire 5pm
Sharon Johnson 5:30pm
Leah Negron 6pm
Savannah Morgan 6:30pm
#TamarSloan 7pm
Debby Gies 7:30pm
Mark Davis 8pm
Roux Cantrell 8:30pm
Jade Royal 9pm
Elias Raven 9:30pm

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HERE’S THE LINK TO JOIN THE EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/1014362638745453/

In honor of this event, I wrote a double Tanka to celebrate the power of women!

Goddesses Unite

 

Goddesses Unite!
Call out your superpowers.
Be invincible,
ignite your intuition,
brain power, and inner strength.

Stop the secrecy—
Speak, and have your voices heard.
Together we change
from victims of violence
into heroines of courage.

~~~

© 2018 Colleen M. Chesebro

I believe in You.trans

 

Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 104, Happy October – “Poets Choice of Words”

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WELCOME TO TANKA TUESDAY!

Hi! I’m glad to see you here. Are you ready to write some syllabic poetry?

HERE’S THE CATCH: It’s the first of the month and poets get to choose their own words!

I hope you will support the other poets with visits to blogs and leaving comments. Sharing each other’s work on social media is always nice too.


 

PLEASE NOTE: This challenge is for Tanka, Haiku, Senryu, Haibun, and Cinquain poetry forms. Freestyle rhyming poetry is not part of this challenge. Thank you. ❤

 


 

Please note: We are all students of poetry. I have given you the instructions on how to write the different forms. Try your best to be as exact as you can. There are no tests, and I don’t grade your work. LOL!

The most meaningful change you will learn about is in writing a Haiku vs. a Senryu. Also, remember, pronunciation in various parts of the world will affect your syllable count. Go with your gut on deciding the syllable count. You are the poet and the creator of your work.

I sponsor this challenge to help poets learn how to write various forms of poetry. Remember, if you are sending your poetry for publication in literary journals, contests, or self-publishing, you should know the correct forms and use them.

For Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge, you can write your poem in one of the forms defined below. Click on the links to learn about each form:

HAIKU IN ENGLISH 5/7/5 syllable structure. A Haiku is written about seasonal changes, nature, and change in general.

TANKA IN ENGLISH 5/7/5/7/7 syllable structure. Your Tanka will consist of five lines written in the first-person point of view. This is important because the poem should be written from the perspective of the poet.

HAIBUN IN ENGLISH Every Haibun must begin with a title. Haibun prose is composed of short, descriptive paragraphs, written in the first-person singular.

The text unfolds in the present moment, as though the experience is occurring now rather than yesterday or some time ago. In keeping with the simplicity of the accompanying haiku or tanka poem, all unnecessary words should be pared down or removed. Nothing must ever be overstated.

The poetry never tries to repeat, quote, or explain the prose. Instead, the poetry reflects some aspect of the prose by introducing a different step in the narrative through a microburst of detail. Thus, the poetry is a sort of juxtaposition – different yet somehow connected.

Cinquain ALSO: Check out the Cinquain variations listed here: Cinquain-Wikipedia These are acceptable methods to use. Please list the form you use so we can learn from you. 

Etheree The Etheree poem consists of ten lines of 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 syllables. Etheree can also be reversed and written 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. The trick is to create a memorable message within the required format. Poets can get creative and write an Etheree with more than one verse, but the idea is to follow suit with an inverted syllable count. Reversed Etheree Syllable Count: 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 Double Etheree Syllable Count: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 10, 9, 8, 7, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1

Senryu in English 5/7/5 syllable structure. A Senryu is written about love, a personal event, and have IRONY present. Click the link to learn the meaning of irony.

haiku vs senryu

Image credit: Pinterest.com

(Currently, free-verse prose poems are NOT part of this challenge)

Here are some great sites that will help you write your poetry and count syllables

synonyms.com 

This site even has a link so you install the extension on Google Chrome.

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 “Workshop” tab to create your Haiku or Tanka.

I don't get it

THE RULES

I will publish the Tuesday prompt post at 12: 03 A.M. Mountain Standard Time (Denver Time).  That should give everyone time to see the prompt from around the world. The RECAP is published on Monday and will contain links to the participants.

WRITE YOUR POEM ON YOUR BLOG as a post.

You have one week to complete the Challenge with a deadline of Sunday, at 12:00 P.M. (Noon) Denver time, U. S. A.

This will give me a chance to add the links from everyone’s poem post from the previous week, on the Recap I publish on Monday. I urge everyone to visit the blogs and comment on everyone’s poem.

The rules are simple.

I will give you two words. Choose synonyms from those words for your poetry. You, the poet, now have more control over the direction of your writing. Follow the rules carefully. Don’t use the prompt words.

LINK YOUR BLOG POST TO MINE WITH A PINGBACK. To do a Pingback: Copy the URL (the HTTPS:// 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 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 taking part 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 Recap published each Monday.

BE CREATIVE. Use your photos and create “Visual POETRY” if you wish, although it is not necessary. Use whatever program you want to make your images.

Don't forget

As time allows, I will visit your blog, comment, and TWEET your POETRY

If you add these hashtags to your post TITLE (depending on which poetry form you use) your poetry may be viewed more often:

#Haiku, #Tanka, #micropoetry, #poetry, #5lines, #Haibun, #Prose #Senryu, #CinquainPoetry

I have also been sharing your poetry on my Facebook Page here: https://www.facebook.com/CMChesebro/. Please follow me so that I can tag you in my posts.  FOLLOW, LIKE, & SHARE from my page. ❤

You may copy the badge I have created to go with the Weekly Poetry Challenge Post and place it in your post. It’s not mandatory:

JOIN US EVERY TUESDAY

k luv u byeHave fun and write some poetry! It’s your choice of words!

 

Colleen’s #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge Recap No. 100, “Poet’s Choice of Words”

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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.

 



What a wild week to celebrate our 100th Poetry challenge! My blog is finally back to normal. Many thanks to the universe for stepping in to restore calm. Thanks to you all for patience. 😀

Did I miss your poem? Let me know in the comments and I’ll add your link. Some of the comments didn’t come through. I did get a few emails so that was great. Thank you.

It's a SignWhat did you think of the free choice of words? Some poets told me they liked the structure of me selecting two words each week. Others relished the freedom of choice.

Would you like to make the first poetry challenge of each month a FREE CHOICE of words challenge where you choose the words for your Haiku, Senryu, Haibun, Tanka or Cinquain? Tell me your thoughts in the comments. The last thing I want is for this challenge to become stale.


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 Aweni, and her three-layered Haibun poem called “Fear,” to be the Poet of the Week. The use of the triple Haibun, tells a story, punctuated by her poetry. I love the rhythm and flow of her words.

 

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Fear came calling today.
Even though he had been many times before, I underestimated his strength still.
With a vice-like grip, he held me down against my will.
My heart, my eyes, my being screamed to be freed, but Fear did not heed my cries as he stripped me bare. Just like he did many times before, he proceeded to violate me, again and again. And just like before, I quietened and waited for him to finish and begone…..knowing it could take weeks, months, years, eons or my life’s breath.

Soft screams in the dark
Her, Fear’s named partner in crime
Who hated herself

Something was not as before this time. Smaerd was present. Only I aware of him.
As always, he did not intervene. He never does.
Instead, he asked, “do you seek to make him yours or would you continue as you both are?”
With the little strength left in me, I begged of Smaerd to enlighten me.

Truly willing heart
Will one more truth learn always
And truth begets truth

Smaerd said “the bones, flesh, and skin on his feet on which he stands strong are made of ‘I can’ts. You see his muscular upper limbs, they are made of ‘You can’ts’. But his heart, child, only if you knew of his heart. His heart is that of a child, needing discipline and easily won. When you believe you can, his heart heeds yours and his feet turns to jelly. He will fall on his knees and his hands must concede to a won heart. Fear left today. My chastity preserved. He says he will visit again…. only when I need him….. to encourage and never to violate….. I say we are buddies now. Smaerd begs to differ.

Her sworn nemesis
He was neither friend nor foe
Till she made him hers

© 2018 Aweni

Image: thienbao

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HERE’S WHO JOINED US LAST WEEK FOR OUR 100th POETRY CHALLENGE USING SYNONYMS FOR THE WORDS of the Poet’s Choice:

celebrate – syncwithdeep

Colors of the Morning: Haibun – Yesterday and today: Merril’s historical musings

Tanka Tuesday – Jane Dougherty Writes

Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challenge One Hundred & Participation | Annette Rochelle Aben

Haiku Mist 2/Willow Poetry

Tanka Tuesday – Pledge | Twenty Four

Tuesday Poetry Challenge! Celebrate 100th anniversary. | willowdot21

Poets Choice/But I Smile Anyway

A Celebration of Tanka Tuesday/My Forever Blog

September 2018/Leaf Koan | method two madness

The Kreme Master – Let Me Tell You the Story of…

A moment of clarity/Frank J. Tassone

Celebrating 100th #Poetrychallenge with Colleen – Emotional Shadows

Vibrance #Senryu #Poetry #TankaTuesday – Poems for Warriors

Poetry Friday ~ Exemplary & Sadness | The Writer Next Door|Vashti Q

Life Struggles/Bake & Write

Fear/Aweni

Soul Music/Charmed Chaos

Mucky Boots and Flawless Paws

Autumn | Myths of the Mirror

Traffic – thehouseofbailey

Choose Your Own Words/DG Kaye Writer

Regards You’ll find the new poetry challenge on the blog tomorrow! Let’s write some syllabic poetry! ❤

 

Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 100, “Poet’s Choice of Words”

Help Me Celebrate our 100th Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challenge!

Thank you for your participation!

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Fall is in the air here in the mountains of Colorado and I saw snow on the mountain peaks Sunday morning. It’s my favorite time of the year and today is our 100th poetry challenge. How cool is that?

As a special treat, I thought it would be fun for everyone to pick their own words this week. 


 

PLEASE NOTE: This challenge is for Tanka, Haiku, Senryu, Haibun, and Cinquain poetry forms. Freestyle rhyming poetry is not part of this challenge. Thank you. ❤

NotedPlease note: We are all students of poetry. I have given you the instructions on how to write the different forms. Try your best to be as exact as you can. There are no tests, and I don’t grade your work. LOL!

The most meaningful change you will learn about is in writing a Haiku vs. a Senryu. Also, remember, pronunciation in various parts of the world will affect your syllable count. Go with your gut on deciding the syllable count. You are the poet and the creator of your work.

I sponsor this challenge to help poets learn how to write various forms of poetry. Remember, if you are sending your poetry for publication in literary journals, contests, or self-publishing, you should know the correct forms and use them.

For Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge, you can write your poem in one of the forms defined below. Click on the links to learn about each form:

HAIKU IN ENGLISH 5/7/5 syllable structure. A Haiku is written about seasonal changes, nature, and change in general.

TANKA IN ENGLISH 5/7/5/7/7 syllable structure. Your Tanka will consist of five lines written in the first-person point of view. This is important because the poem should be written from the perspective of the poet.

HAIBUN IN ENGLISH Every Haibun must begin with a title. Haibun prose is composed of short, descriptive paragraphs, written in the first-person singular.

The text unfolds in the present moment, as though the experience is occurring now rather than yesterday or some time ago. In keeping with the simplicity of the accompanying haiku or tanka poem, all unnecessary words should be pared down or removed. Nothing must ever be overstated.

The poetry never tries to repeat, quote, or explain the prose. Instead, the poetry reflects some aspect of the prose by introducing a different step in the narrative through a microburst of detail. Thus, the poetry is a sort of juxtaposition – different yet somehow connected.

Cinquain ALSO: Check out the Cinquain variations listed here: Cinquain-Wikipedia These are acceptable methods to use. Please list the form you use so we can learn from you. 

Senryu in English 5/7/5 syllable structure. A Senryu is written about love, a personal event, and have IRONY present. Click the link to learn the meaning of irony.

haiku vs senryu

Image credit: Pinterest.com

(Currently, free-verse prose poems are NOT part of this challenge)

Here are some great sites that will help you write your poetry and count syllables

synonyms.com 

This site even has a link so you can install the extension on Google Chrome.

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 “Workshop” tab to create your Haiku or Tanka.

I don't get it

THE RULES

I will publish the Tuesday prompt post at 12: 03 A.M. Mountain Standard Time (Denver Time).  That should give everyone time to see the prompt from around the world. The RECAP is published on Monday and will contain links to the participants.

WRITE YOUR POEM ON YOUR BLOG as a post.

You have one week to complete the Challenge with a deadline of Sunday, at 12:00 P.M. (Noon) Denver time, U. S. A.

This will give me a chance to add the links from everyone’s poem post from the previous week, on the Recap I publish on Monday. I urge everyone to visit the blogs and comment on everyone’s poem.

The rules are simple.

I will give you two words. Choose synonyms from those words for your poetry. You, the poet, now have more control over the direction of your writing. Follow the rules carefully. Don’t use the prompt words.

LINK YOUR BLOG POST TO MINE WITH A PINGBACK. To do a Pingback: Copy the URL (the HTTPS:// 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 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 taking part 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 Recap published each Monday.

BE CREATIVE. Use your photos and create “Visual POETRY” if you wish, although it is not necessary. Use whatever program you want to make your images.

I got this

As time allows, I will visit your blog, comment, and TWEET your POETRY

If you add these hashtags to your post TITLE (depending on which poetry form you use) your poetry may be viewed more often:

#Haiku, #Tanka, #micropoetry, #poetry, #5lines, #Haibun, #Prose #Senryu, #CinquainPoetry

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I have also been sharing your poetry on my Facebook Page here: https://www.facebook.com/CMChesebro/. Please feel free to FOLLOW, LIKE, & SHARE from my page. ❤

You may copy the badge I have created to go with the Weekly Poetry Challenge Post and place it in your post. It’s not mandatory:

tanka tuesday fall

Have fun and write some syllabic poetry!

challenge accepted