Colleen’s 2019 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 140 #SynonymsOnly

WELCOME TO TANKA TUESDAY!

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

Here are your two words for this week:

Light & Dark

HERE’S THE CATCH: You can’t use the prompt words! SYNONYMS ONLY! 

PLEASE support the other poets by visiting their blogs and leaving comments. Sharing each other’s work on social media is always nice too.

This challenge is for Haiku, Senryu, Haiga, Tanka, Haibun, Etheree, Nonet, Shadorma, and Cinquain poetry forms. Freestyle rhyming poetry is not part of this challenge. Thank you. ❤

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 

SENRYU IN ENGLISH

HAIGA

TANKA IN ENGLISH 

HAIBUN IN ENGLISH 

CINQUAIN & the variations on Cinquain-Wikipedia 

ETHEREE

NONET

SHADORMA

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 to compose my poems. Click on the “Workshop” tab, then cut and paste your poetry into the box. Click the Count Syllables button on the button. This site does the hard work for you.

I don't get it

THE RULES

I will publish the Tuesday prompt post at 12: 03 A.M. Mountain Standard Time (Phoenix, AZ).  That should give everyone time to see the prompt from around the world. The RECAP is published on Monday and will contain the poetry from the Poet of the Month and any Honorable Mentions.

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

This will give me a chance to cut and paste the poems from the submission form emails into the Recap published on Monday.

The rules are simple

Follow the schedule listed below:

Please do a LINK-BACK to this challenge by copying the https:// address of this post into your own.

Don't forget

As time allows, I will visit your blog, comment, and TWEET your POETRY. I have also been sharing some of your poetry on MeWe.com.

Click here to follow me on MeWe.

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

#Haiku, #Senryu, #Haiga, #Tanka, #micropoetry, #poetry, #5lines, #Haibun, #Prose, #CinquainPoetry, #Etheree, #Nonet, #Shadorma

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:

Sign up for my weekly blog recap newsletter. As a special thanks after subscribing, you can grab your FREE copy of my Poetry Forms Cheatsheet, which is perfect for use on the weekly poetry challenge. Just fly over to my SIGN UP PAGE and enter your email. ❤

Have fun and write some poetry!


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 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 138 #SynonymsOnly

WELCOME TO TANKA TUESDAY!

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

Shaking & Baking in the desert!

Here are your two words for this week:

“Clear & Nature”

Join in this week’s Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challenge using Synonyms Only for the words: Clear & Nature. #Haiku, #Senryu, #Haiga, #Tanka, #Haibun, #CinquainPoetry, #Etheree, #Nonet, #Shadorma

HERE’S THE CATCH: You can’t use the prompt words! SYNONYMS ONLY! Except for the first challenge of the month ~ then, the poets get to choose their own words. ❤

PLEASE support the other poets by visiting their blogs and leaving comments. Sharing each other’s work on social media is always nice too.

This challenge is for Haiku, Senryu, Haiga, Tanka, Haibun, Etheree, Nonet, Shadorma, and Cinquain poetry forms. Freestyle rhyming poetry is not part of this challenge. Thank you. ❤

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 

SENRYU IN ENGLISH

HAIGA

TANKA IN ENGLISH 

HAIBUN IN ENGLISH 

CINQUAIN & the variations on Cinquain-Wikipedia 

ETHEREE

NONET

SHADORMA

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 to compose my poems. Click on the “Workshop” tab, then cut and paste your poetry into the box. Click the Count Syllables button on the button. This site does the hard work for you.

I don't get it

THE RULES

I will publish the Tuesday prompt post at 12: 03 A.M. Mountain Standard Time (Phoenix, AZ).  That should give everyone time to see the prompt from around the world. The RECAP is published on Monday and will contain the poetry from the Poet of the Month and any Honorable Mentions.

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

This will give me a chance to cut and paste the poems from the submission form emails into the Recap published on Monday.

The rules are simple

Follow the schedule listed below:

Please do a LINK-BACK to this challenge by copying the https:// address of this post into your own.

Since I’m not adding your poetry to the weekly recap any longer, you DO NOT have to send an Email. Participants and readers will find your poetry from the links in the comments section of this post.

Don't forget

As time allows, I will visit your blog, comment, and TWEET your POETRY. I have also been sharing some of your poetry on MeWe.com.

Click here to follow me on MeWe.

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

#Haiku, #Senryu, #Haiga, #Tanka, #micropoetry, #poetry, #5lines, #Haibun, #Prose, #CinquainPoetry, #Etheree, #Nonet, #Shadorma

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:

Sign up for my weekly blog recap newsletter. As a special thanks after subscribing, you can grab your FREE copy of my Poetry Forms Cheatsheet, which is perfect for use on the weekly poetry challenge. Just fly over to my SIGN UP PAGE and enter your email. ❤

Have fun and write some poetry!

Colleen’s 2019 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 137 #SynonymsOnly

WELCOME TO TANKA TUESDAY!

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

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.


Here are your two words for this week:

Kind & Shift

HERE’S THE CATCH: You can’t use the prompt words! SYNONYMS ONLY! Except for the first challenge of the month ~ then, the poets get to choose their own words. ❤

PLEASE support the other poets by visiting their blogs and leaving comments. Sharing each other’s work on social media is always nice too.

This challenge is for Haiku, Senryu, Haiga, Tanka, Haibun, Etheree, Nonet, Shadorma, and Cinquain poetry forms. Freestyle rhyming poetry is not part of this challenge. Thank you. ❤

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 

SENRYU IN ENGLISH

HAIGA

TANKA IN ENGLISH 

HAIBUN IN ENGLISH 

CINQUAIN & the variations on Cinquain-Wikipedia 

ETHEREE

NONET

SHADORMA

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 to compose my poems. Click on the “Workshop” tab, then cut and paste your poetry into the box. Click the Count Syllables button on the button. This site does the hard work for you.

I don't get it

THE RULES

I will publish the Tuesday prompt post at 12: 03 A.M. Mountain Standard Time (Phoenix, AZ).  That should give everyone time to see the prompt from around the world. The RECAP is published on Monday and will contain the challenge participant’s poems.

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

This will give me a chance to cut and paste the poems from the submission form emails into the Recap published on Monday.

The rules are simple

Follow the schedule listed below:

Please note: I will not retrieve your poetry from the ping-backs any longer – only from the emails. If you want to be considered for the Poet of the Week or published on the Recap please email me. Please don’t just send a link to your post.

EMAIL ME:

tankatuesdaypoetry@gmail.com

Please send: Your name, Title & Type of poem, The web address of your poem, and Your poem. 

Don't forget

As time allows, I will visit your blog, comment, and TWEET your POETRY. I have also been sharing some of your poetry on MeWe.com.

Click here to follow me on MeWe.

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

#Haiku, #Senryu, #Haiga, #Tanka, #micropoetry, #poetry, #5lines, #Haibun, #Prose, #CinquainPoetry, #Etheree, #Nonet, #Shadorma

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:

Sign up for my weekly blog recap newsletter. As a special thanks after subscribing, you can grab your FREE copy of my Poetry Forms Cheatsheet, which is perfect for use on the weekly poetry challenge. Just fly over to my SIGN UP PAGE and enter your email. ❤

Have fun and write some poetry!


Colleen’s 2019 #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge Recap No. 136, #PhotoPrompt

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.

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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.


DON’T FORGET TO EMAIL ME YOUR POEM. And, to those of you who did email their poems, thank you for using the new email 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 send me your link. When you do that, I have to go to your blog, copy your poem and information, cut and paste that with no formatting into a Word document and then, cut and paste the poem into my new post. The 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. Starting July 23rd, I WILL NOT grab your poems from the link-backs. Sorry, it’s just too much work. ❤


This week, we tried something new! A photo prompt or Ekphrasis prompt. (Many thanks to Merril D. Smith, for the additional information on the official name of this type of prompt). The Poetry foundation shares:

“Description” in Greek. An ekphrastic poem is a vivid description of a scene or, more commonly, a work of art. Through the imaginative act of narrating and reflecting on the “action” of a painting or sculpture, the poet may amplify and expand its meaning. 

Poetryfoundation.org

DON’T FORGET: The Poet of the Week & the honorable mentions 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 H. R. R. Gorman as the Poet of the Week. His poem, The Woman at 106, was gritty and raw in its intensity. After you read it once… read it again. The undercurrent of his words blew me away. In true form, he took on the persona of the woman who lived in that house, and I loved how he read between the lines. I think he saw things, the rest of us didn’t. Here’s what he shared:

I don’t really know where this came from, but I just looked at that peaceful little house-front and tried to imagine who lived there. The bicycle drew my attention. With “women’s bikes’ relatively rare out there, I tried to cultivate this image of a person trying really hard to seem feminine. As a North Carolinian, I’ve had close exposure to extremely transphobic laws and situations, and I guess that inspired this poem.

H. R. R. Gorman

I gave one Honorable Mention to Sally Cronin, and her heartfelt poem, Those We Left Behind, because of the great emotions she evoked with her words. Once again, she looked beyond the layers in this photo to show us what was buried beneath this almost too perfect exterior.

I also gave Willow Willers an Honorable Mention for her poem, The Package. Willow tells a delightful story in a double Etheree. Even though Etheree poetry is usually unrhymed, I liked the rhythm her words created. As I’ve stressed before, sometimes you’ve gotta break the rules just a little bit!

Congratulations Poets!

HERE’S WHO JOINED US LAST WEEK FOR our 1st Ekphrasic POETRY CHALLENGE using the image below:

When you look beyond the obvious you see the possibilities and can answer, ‘what if?’

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


“This Place, Home,” #Etheree, by Merril D. Smith

Train

slows down

time has stopped

rather, reversed–

a more pleasant time–

or perhaps it’s a dream.

She wants to stay here. This place

where flowers bloom, and it is spring

always. She gets off at the stop, now to

live another life, or one meant to be.

***

“Sweet Memories” #Haibun by Miriam Hurdle

For sentimental reason, I still keep many pieces of projects my daughter made. I have a flowerpot she decorated when she was in 5th grade. It is sitting on a round glass top table between two chairs in the front patio. I like to sit in the front porch to drink coffee in the morning. The flowerpot reminds me of the things we did together when she was growing up.

Kids are grown and gone

Keeping the bikes where they were

Jolly wheels still turned

Muddy feet through door they came

Hungry mouths screamed for cookies

***

“Home, Sweet, Home,” #Haiku, by Traci Kenworth

Green vines climb

Bicycle sits idle

A light warms.

***

“Nature Wins,” #Haiku, by Donna Matthews

ivy creeping up
vines crawling up and over 
nature wins again

***

“The Beacon,” #Haibun #Haiku by theindishe

The stony steps lined by a verdant gossamer of thin moss led to the teak paneled door of the house. Embedded in the pristine granite frame, it stood guard, a sentinel to love and life inside. The trellis lush with green foliage embellished its facade. Radiating a vernal bloom that was incited by the spark of tranquil serene from the insides of the house. The mystical French Windows, elan and regal, threw open a vista of untold love. And the bicycles stood by the trimmed hedge awaiting to be ridden onto unchartered territories. The lamp cast a bright light on a dark day.

A light of hope bright,
A beacon to show me way,
I stumble to rise.

***

“106,” #Etheree, by Anita Dawes

106

Looks out

At the world

With lights shining

As if it belongs

Chairs hidden forgotten

Bicycles never ridden

Parcel placed outside just for show

Looking for all the world to belong

Hologram, a picture from the future…

***

Poet of the Week: H. R. R. Gorman, July 16 – Jul 21, 2019

“The Woman at 106,” #Etheree/DoubleEtheree, by H. R. R. Gorman

She
Lives at
One-oh-six,
Rides a ten-speed,
Listens to a mix
Of classic rock and soul.
Once you get past the bricks
Guarding her house and her ego,
You’ll see to whom my heart is transfixed
But God says I must admire from afar.

She
Joined no
Stupid cliques
Back in high school
Where girls had no dicks.
I’d swim the river Styx
And challenge Pluto for her,
But I can’t cross the crucifix
As He stares me down and tattle-tells
To my boss, to my mom, to politics.

***

“Blue Twilight,” #Etheree, by Linda Lee Lyberg

Blue 
twilight 
drifting in 
on evening breeze 
welcoming day’s end 
lush scent of greenery 
surrounds the welcoming porch 
a place to pause, a chair to rest 
gather the day’s worries, toss them to 
the wind, sip a glass of red wine and dream.

***

“Those We Leave Behind,” by Sally Cronin

“Those We Leave Behind, #Haibun #Haiku, by Sally Cronin

I wait in the shadows of the trees opposite the house. I glimpse movement as the family moves back and forth across the windows. A house of character, substantial and clearly a happy home. Tears run down my face and gather in grief below my chin. I do not have the will to wipe them away. They remind me of another time when I was part of the laughter and happiness. Those that I have left behind have moved on. Do they even remember me? A face appears at the window and stares across the street. A small child with a face that owes much to me, her grandmother. She waves and smiles. Content I fade back into the woods and on to my final destination.

Death is not the end
when we gift a part of us
to those left behind.

***

“Home, Sweet, Home,” #Tanka, by Ritu Bhathal

This is home sweet home
Where the light on the doorstep
Shines a bright welcome
A place filled with memories
A house full of family

***

“Decadent,” #Tanka by Bobby Fairfield

Sounds of jollity

carried on electric light,

pierce ivy shutters,

through twice glazed frames declaring

Neo-Georgian mockery.

***

“Memories,” #Shadorma, by Pratibha

Memories –
Some faded on corners
Others bright;
A green house
Ringing with love and laughter 
With me; or without ? 

***

“The Package” by Willow Willers

“The Package,” Double #Etheree, by Willow Willers

Six
O’clock
Amazon
Has been to call
And left the parcel
Outside against the wall.
Jen arrives and parks her bike
This house is still not quite a home
For he is away and she’s alone.
Then she sees the package outside the door.
Full of excitement she gathers it up.
She rushed in doors to open it
It’s a beautiful photo book
Delighted she takes a look
There he is full of smiles
Waving to her from
Across the miles
Suddenly
They are
One

***

“Putting Down Roots,” #Shadorma by Jane Dougherty

Putting down

roots, clothing bare dreams

with ivy,

is painting

futures with the golden hues

of shared warmth.

***

“Photo Prompt,” #Tanka by M. J. Mallon

Who’s blue bike is that?

Oh wait, I see your shadow

Two bikes and two chairs

Two fruit scones, butter and jam

Two old friends sit by the light

***

“Breaking Free,” #Tanka, by Robbie Cheadle

Is it possible

To escape conformity

And break your shackles?

Try riding a bicycle

With your face into the wind

***

“Home is Where We Love,” #Tanka, by Vashti Quiroz-Vega

Beyond the black door

there are rooms and furniture

tastefully arranged

A home built with love and dreams

The sweetest sort of heaven

***

“Home,” #Nonet, by Colleen M. Chesebro

As the fringes of darkness descend
cicadas sing their summer songs
inviting all kith and kin 
where hearts dwell together
wrapped tightly in love
dear memories
bittersweet
send me
home

***

Are you looking for more writing/poetry/photography challenges?

H.R.R. Gorman has created a comprehensive list on his blog. Click HERE to learn more. ❤

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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

***

Are you looking for more writing/poetry/photography challenges?

H.R.R. Gorman has created a comprehensive list on his blog. Click HERE to learn more. ❤

For tomorrow’s challenge, I’ve got a surprise for you! Check out the new monthly schedule below:

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Colleen’s 2019 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 135 #SynonymsOnly

WELCOME TO TANKA TUESDAY!

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

I’ve updated the printable Poetry Form Cheat Sheet that I give away for signing up to my weekly blog recap newsletter. If you are a regular challenge participant and would like a copy email me using the new email below. I’ll send you a copy. 

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.

GET BUSY AND WRITE SOME POETRY!

Let’s PLAY with opposites! Here are your two words for this week:

Pretty & Ugly

HERE’S THE CATCH: You can’t use the prompt words! SYNONYMS ONLY! Except for the first challenge of the month ~ then, the poets get to choose their own words. ❤

PLEASE support the other poets by visiting their blogs and leaving comments. Sharing each other’s work on social media is always nice too.

This challenge is for Haiku, Senryu, Haiga, Tanka, Haibun, Etheree, Nonet, Shadorma, and Cinquain poetry forms. Freestyle rhyming poetry is not part of this challenge. Thank you. ❤

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 

SENRYU IN ENGLISH

HAIGA

TANKA IN ENGLISH 

HAIBUN IN ENGLISH 

CINQUAIN & the variations on Cinquain-Wikipedia 

ETHEREE

NONET

SHADORMA

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 to compose my poems. Click on the “Workshop” tab, then cut and paste your poetry into the box. Click the Count Syllables button on the button. This site does the hard work for you.

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THE RULES

I will publish the Tuesday prompt post at 12: 03 A.M. Mountain Standard Time (Phoenix, AZ Time).  That should give everyone time to see the prompt from around the world. The RECAP is published on Monday and will contain the challenge participant’s poems.

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

This will give me a chance to cut and paste the poems from the emails into the Recap published on Monday.

The rules are simple

If it’s the first poetry challenge of the month, poets choose their own words. (Synonyms are not necessary). Otherwise, for the rest of the month, 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.

I CORRECTED THE TYPO FROM THE ORIGINAL EMAIL ADDRESS. IT SHOWS CORRECTLY BELOW:

Email your poem and the following information to tankatuesdaypoetry@gmail.com the “Title of your poem,” #Form used, by “Your Name,” and the https:// address of your post where you published the post on your blog. Don’t forget to include your poem. ❤

The WP Contact Form has proven to be unreliable so I’ve deleted it from the challenge. I can’t grab your poetry from your website because it comes over with all the formatting from your site which requires me to spend more time reformatting your poem. If you want your poem in the recap, please email me. Thanks.

Don't forget

As time allows, I will visit your blog, comment, and TWEET your POETRY. I have also been sharing some of your poetry on MeWe.com.

Click here to follow me on MeWe.

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

#Haiku, #Senryu, #Haiga, #Tanka, #micropoetry, #poetry, #5lines, #Haibun, #Prose, #CinquainPoetry, #Etheree, #Nonet, #Shadorma

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:

Sign up for my weekly blog recap newsletter. As a special thanks after subscribing, you can grab your FREE copy of my Poetry Forms Cheatsheet, which is perfect for use on the weekly poetry challenge. Just fly over to my SIGN UP PAGE and enter your email. ❤

Have fun and write some poetry!


Colleen’s 2019 #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge Recap No. 134, #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. I’ve updated the printable Poetry Form Cheat Sheet that I give away for signing up to my weekly blog recap newsletter. If any regular challenge participants would like a copy email me using the new email below. I’ll send you a copy. ❤

Join US every Tuesday!

After much thought I’ve come up with a way to take care of the contact form problem. I’ve created an email especially for the challenge. From now on please submit your poetry to tankatuesdaypoetry@gmail.com. This will give me a dedicated address to use for your submissions.


Starting Tuesday, July 9th please send to tanakatuesdaypoetry@gmail.com the “Title of your poem,” #Form used, by “Your Name,” and the https:// address of your post where you published the post on your blog. Don’t forget to include your poem. ❤


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.


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.

I’ve chosen Sally Cronin as the poet of the week for her Tanka, “In Touch with the Earth,” which really resonated with me this week. This is a powerful Tanka poem that meets the standards we discussed in Let’s Talk Tanka. If you missed this post, have a read and brush up on your Tanka writing skills.

The Honorable Mention this week goes to Dorinda Duclos and her poem, “Time for Fantasy.” The showing and not telling in this poem is literally quite delicious!

I also want to thank everyone for their hard work. The talent represented in this challenge motivates me each week. ❤

HERE’S WHO JOINED US LAST WEEK FOR THE FIRST OF THE MONTH POETRY CHALLENGE ~ WHERE POETS CHOSE THEIR OWN WORDS

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


“colorful blossom,” #Tanka by Ken Gierke

colorful blossom

returning light with beauty

lotus in the sun

clouds drifting across the sky

unable to steal its light


Sally Cronin
Jul 2 – 7, 2019

“In Touch with the Earth, #Tanka by Sally Cronin

My bare feet planted
deep in the rich soil beneath,
I feel the power
from the deep core of our earth,
rising into my body.


“Summer Heat” #Tanka by Miriam Hurdle

The pitter-patter

Soothing rhythm of the rain drops

Faded in the midair

Blazing on my head and face

Is the scorching summer heat


Dorinda Duclos

“Time for Fantasy,” #Tanka by Dorinda Duclos

Tis the time for fantasy 

When eyes tightly close 

Invading my dreams 

Like a caramel sundae 

Sugary sweetness oozing


“Going Forth,” #Haibun #Tanka by Merril D. Smith

Today tanks roll through the nation’s capital, and jets fly over a divided country, but I remember another Fourth of July where people came together to witness a union. Outside fireworks boomed and flared, but inside, love lit up the room. No excess displays are needed to whitewash the facts. Here, we share a couple’s happiness. With the stomp of a goblet, we’re reminded of the simple truth that love. . . is love is love is love. . .and that it endures.

lovers stand and watch

colors streak across the sky—

shattered glass echoes

through time, a kaleidoscope,

love forms and reforms again


“Stormrise,” #Haiga by H.R.R. Gorman


“Where the Path Leads,” #Haibun #Haiku by Pratibha

I only follow the trees. I walk where the path leads me, away from the noises of the traffic, into the forest bordering the busy roads.  The little bridges become my resting stops – taking in the surrounding peace, the music of the water passing below me, the occasional kid on the bike ringing his bell to warn the walkers. I often walk with music plugged in my ears but not when I enter such trails. these trails demand the respect and attention that we humans have stopped paying to nature, not without consequences though.  So I walk; different days, different colors, different company but a single thought – I am blessed to be finally able to appreciate the beauty and the uses of being surrounded by nature. 

holding hands, together
not knowing where the path led
love made me see stars


“Await,” #Tanka by Donna Matthews

clouds black and heavy
electric sky crackling
like white summer fireworks
I await the storm to pass
it’s turmoil temporary


“Balance,” #TankaProse #Haibun by Frank J. Tassone

Stark images. Virulent quotes. Intensities of expression across social media platforms and lunch tables alike. A jaded comment sits on a Facebook post. A sharp retort forms, a reaction in the making. All of the agitation, and yet the problems remain.

A clear sky. Heavy humidity from the Maples’ transpiration. The song and countersong of songbirds from high up in the canopy. A calm, steady peace, arising from just this.

How can I advocate for change without agitation? How do I bear witness without ranchor?

By this”.

Independence

begins in a heart and mind

calm and quiet

move from the double-weighted

without losing the root


“Star Beta Readers,” #Shadorma by M. J. Mallon

Editing

Struggles highs and lows

I’ll get there

I promise

Thanks for all the help, dearest

Star beta readers


“Independence,” #Haibun #Haiku by Linda Lee Lyberg

There was a time when I was proud to call myself an American, but that has changed. I’ve never cared much for politics, or organized religion. To me, they are both ways to try to control the masses and keep us in check to further line greedy pockets. Don’t get me wrong, I have faith in a higher power by whatever name you want to call it. I know God hears me no matter where I am. And now this, a parade, a charade of what this country once stood for: FREEDOM and REFUGE.

All I can see are innocent children, mistreated and living in horrible conditions. Some say it’s the fault of their parents, others cry its the fault of the government. None of that matters, because this is about decency and humanity for our fellow man. The time for pointing fingers and who did what needs to be over. These are the adults of tomorrow, not pawns in a game of political chess. They are tiny human beings whose lives may well be forever altered by the adversity they face each day. 

tear stained dirty faces
children crying for mercy
summer camp nightmare


“Tired,” Double #Etheree by Ritu Bhathal

Tired
Can’t wait
To lie down
And close my eyes
Head hitting pillow
Drifting into slumber
Hoping for a solid sleep
With no nasty interruptions
No cat mewling at me for his food
No children with raging temperatures
No husband needing my attention
Just me, snuggled up in my bed
Oblivious to the world
Refreshing my body
My mind and my soul
Ready to face
Anything
The world
Throws.


“Sun & Storm,” Triple #Shadorma by Jane Dougherty

When sun sears,

and each step drags through

molten bronze,

my ears pulse

with cicada-throb—phantom

hiss of cool fountains.

Peeling back

the light from shadows,

the heat from

cool tree shade,

the weight of summer becomes

a golden caress,

until the storm

from torn cloud,

unleashes torrents

water-burst

of electric-wired rain

to sooth the fever.


“Joy,” #Tanka by Elizabeth

Standing still, untouched
Summer breeze bathing softness
Confidence rises
Simplicity is the key
Joy of plenty contentment


“July 2019,” #Tanka by Kerfe Roig

sun sand ocean sky–
I feel the colors sounding,
shimmering like wings,

merging like half-remembered
melodies—fragments of light


“Think,” #Tanka by Willowdot21

Let’s come together
Welcome the poor of the world.
Liberty for all?
Arms wide, mouth gagged eyes shut
We’d change the world if we tried.


“Unnamed,” #Etheree by Anita Dawes

I

made one

Big mistake

Falling for him

His smile beguiling

Belied the truth hidden

No heart could I find inside

The sudden change to dramatic

I need to leave before it’s too late

In time to find the one to love me back…


“Ben’s Munro Poem,” #Senryu by Ben, the Dog Poet

Back on the Munros

Steep ascent on mountain hike

Reward of Sausage


“Aftershocks,” #Tanka by Colleen Chesebro

Uncharted terrain
new transformations will come
while earthquakes rumble
D.C. autocrats govern
with unlimited power


See you tomorrow for a new challenge!

Colleen’s 2019 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 134 #SynonymsOnly

WELCOME TO TANKA TUESDAY!

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

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Happy July! It’s the first challenge of the month and poet’s choice of words!

HERE’S THE CATCH: You can’t use the prompt words! SYNONYMS ONLY! Except for the first challenge of the month ~ then, the poets get to choose their own words. ❤

PLEASE support the other poets by visiting their blogs and leaving comments. Sharing each other’s work on social media is always nice too.

This challenge is for Haiku, Senryu, Haiga, Tanka, Haibun, Etheree, Nonet, Shadorma, and Cinquain poetry forms. Freestyle rhyming poetry is not part of this challenge. Thank you. ❤

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 

SENRYU IN ENGLISH

HAIGA

TANKA IN ENGLISH 

HAIBUN IN ENGLISH 

CINQUAIN & the variations on Cinquain-Wikipedia 

ETHEREE

NONET

SHADORMA

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 to compose my poems. Click on the “Workshop” tab, then cut and paste your poetry into the box. Click the Count Syllables button on the button. This site does the hard work for you.

THE RULES

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

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

This will give me a chance to cut and paste the poems from the submission form emails into the Recap published on Monday.

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The rules are simple

If it’s the first poetry challenge of the month, poets choose their own words. (Synonyms are not necessary). Otherwise, for the rest of the month, 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.

After you’ve published your poem on your own blog, copy and paste your poem into the form below. Then, click the SUBMIT button. (WordPress limits me on the title names, so use the Key below to know what to fill in the blanks) This form generates an email to me.

Don’t forget to click SUBMIT.

By participating in this challenge, you agree to allow me to publish your poem in a 2019 PDF collection of poetry if you are selected as the Poet of the Week. This collection will be available in January 2020 as a free download from my site.Submit

Please note: I will not retrieve your poetry from the pingbacks any longer – only from the submission form emails. If you want to be considered for the Poet of the Week or published on the Recap please use the Submission Form. ❤

However, if you can’t get the submission form to work for you, email me at colleenchesebro3@gmail.com. Please list your name, Title & Type of poem, the web address of your poem, and your poem. ❤

Don't forget

As time allows, I will visit your blog, comment, and TWEET your POETRY. I have also been sharing some of your poetry on MeWe.com.

Click here to follow me on MeWe.

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

#Haiku, #Senryu, #Haiga, #Tanka, #micropoetry, #poetry, #5lines, #Haibun, #Prose, #CinquainPoetry, #Etheree, #Nonet, #Shadorma

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:

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Sign up for my weekly blog recap newsletter. As a special thanks after subscribing, you can grab your FREE copy of my Poetry Forms Cheatsheet, which is perfect for use on the weekly poetry challenge. Just fly over to my SIGN UP PAGE and enter your email. ❤

Have fun and write some poetry!

Colleen’s 2019 #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge Recap No. 133, #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.

Join US every Tuesday!

I like to keep everyone informed on the challenge and recap post. Just so you know, I’m still having difficulties adding the links to your blogs on the recap. It usually takes two or more times to get the link to connect to your names. I’ve tried different browsers, cleared my cache, and it still continues. I’m thinking about not adding the links in the future. Afterall, most of you link your posts in the comments section of the challenge post. So, please ONLY link to the challenge post, not to the pages that describe how to do the different poetry forms. NO one will find your link. ❤

In addition, I’m finding that when I visit your blogs, it says that I’m not following you! I have no idea what that is about. If you participate in this challenge, I follow you, unless this is more technical difficulties from WP. So MUCH fun!

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.

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.

Poet of the Week: Robbie Cheadle June 25th – June 30th, 2019

This week, I’ve chosen Robbie Cheadle as the Poet of the Week. Both of her Tanka poem’s hit the spot for me. And, since there is a Tanka contest listed above, it makes sense to share a few as examples.

Tanka are written in the first person and express the thoughts of the poet. The third line is often called “the pivot” which indicates a turning point in the meaning. The pivot helps to tell a complete story in five lines and 31 syllables.

"Don’t do it"

Do you believe in
conspiracy theories?
Don’t exhaust your mind
seeking out hidden agendas
and proving the negatives

"A gift"

When given a gift
don’t diminish its value
by looking for more
than the giver intended
ignoring its true meaning

This week’s Honorable mention go to Frank Tassone and his poem, “An Epiphanal Invitation. The Tanka poems highlight his prose as they cause the reader to pause for a moment. As a reader, you get the connection as new incite into his words are gained from the addition of the Tanka.

HERE’S WHO JOINED US LAST WEEK FOR THE POETRY CHALLENGE USING SYNONYMS FOR “Plan & Spend”

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


“Riddles,” Triple #Cinquain by Kerfe Roig

What grows
invisible
and fills every corner–
what erases and then measures
the time?

What comes
gushing out of
open veins, cascading–
what removes and then replaces 
the cut?

What is
hidden until
it has always been there–
what rearranges memory
as light?

***

“Stars,” #Tanka by Jane Dougherty

no time that passes
eyes fixed upon heaven’s map 
or downcast to read
ancient words will change the fact
that only stars crowd the sky

***

“Eternal,” Double #Nonet by Elizabeth

Dreams suspended in the split moment
The breathe hoping for the magic 
Infinity blue passion
Waves bringing and taking
Lost between the thoughts
Soft sand and wind
Wandering
Being
Time
Healing
Letting go
The heaviness
Fences of the past
Always suffocating 
Wasted questions and answers
The lavish of infinity
Eternal link between earth and sky

***

“Blueprint for Purchase Foiled” #Tanka by Trent

I can organize
Use all my money on you
Plot all that I want
I find the Beatles were right
No design can buy your love

***

“Proposal,” #Senryu by Ritu Bhathal

Lavishing my love
With a proposal so rare
He cannot say no

***

“Sidewalk Brawl,” #Tanka by Pat

between two sparrows
a tumbling-mid-air-to-ground
brawl, a ruckus ploy

depleted, one pulls way back-
entranced, horn rouse me from wonder

***

“Blueprints,” #Cinquain by H. R. R. Gorman

Blueprints –
Incomplete dreams
Weigh heavy, lingering,
Until savings are devoted.
Mission.

***

“I, Supervillain,” by The Dark Netizen

I Pass My Days By
Plotting Evil Schemes, Yet Lose
To Pesky Heroes…

***

“My Earthly Bond,” #Tanka by Dorinda Duclos

Without intention,

My cause, will merely stagnate.

As others deplete,

I must rise above, strengthen,

The bond I have, with my Earth.

***

“An Epiphanal Invitation,” #TankaProse by Frank J. Tassone

summer heat

sapping all of my fresh

intimate designs

the film of sweat lingers

on the back of my neck

Another summer vacation dawns. I begin the first evening of it in solitude. Frank plays for his high school’s graduation, which he, himself, will partake into years. Mira attends a Chi Gong class.

I savor the drone of evening traffic, the last singsong calls of rival birds, the hum of neighbors’ air conditioners. I imbibe the varying verdant shades of the backyard: Maple, pine, crabgrass. They all vie to become the flavor my eyes remember.

“I was oppressed by the velvety emptiness of the word and swathes of soft grass.”

Laurie Lee

But Something is here. Something pulses against my own determination to ignore it. A presence insists on acknowledgement, communion, being experienced. It exudes from the verdancy and the cacophonies occurring within this moment. And yet, I can barely hear it’s soft murmuring. It is gentle, and patience. It can wait.

Do I dare open myself up? With what story, what song, will I then incarnate this conjoining? Can I live with never being the same thereafter?

the energy

to expend transcending

my own limits

I listen for that murmur

within the wind

***

“The Magpie’s Prize,” Double #Etheree by Sally Cronin

It
was not
the intent
of the magpie,
to squander away
the opportunity
to steal the shiny bauble
that was displayed so temptingly
on the sill of the open window,
permitting spring air and thieves to enter.
The bird cared not of the significance
of this pretty locket and its chain,
nor the sadness its theft would bring
to its elderly owner.
It only saw glitter
not faces within
of a love lost.
Down it flew
for his
prize.

***

“Father & Son,” #Tanka by Willowdot21

I intend to stay
And while away this short day
In your company
I aspire to be happy
It’s my design to pass time.

***

“Time to Strategize,” #Haiku by Donna Matthews

come, let’s strategize
it’s time to splurge on bird seed
prepare for winter

***

 “Glass Castle” #Reverse Nonet by Violet Lentz

Very
much a
prisoner
in a castle
made of glass, founded
on the silt and sand of a
contrived, filtered past. Run through
by a pebble, of well placed truth,
web of lies becomes, a hangman’s noose…

***

“Shadows of Thoughts,” Double #Shadorma by Linda Lee Lyberg

Squander not
precious words and minds
ideas
are shadows
of thoughts seeking and drifting 
into splendid light

Luminous
colors of fire dance
brilliant mind
romancing
melodic syllables sing
music to poets

***

“Narcissist,” #Nonet by Vashti Quiroz-Vega

You made me doubt my own sanity

with your consuming gas-lighting.

I am tired of your methods.

I spent my entire life

trying to please you.

A person with

a twisted

disease.

Sad.

***

“Crossroad,” Tanka by Miriam Hurdle

Travel from afar

Crossroad fast approaching

No choice not to choose

Courage needed to decide

To risk promise of unknown

***

“Wonder in Rainbowed Worlds,” #Cinquain by Merril D. Smith

Wonder

as bright stars fill

night sky without design,

arranged by chance, dancing light sings

through time

~~~

find peace

in prismed glow

sparking within your soul–

rainbowed worlds where blue ponies graze,

content

***

“Balls for Ben,” #Senryu by Ben, the Dog Poet

Only one project
Lots more tennis balls for Ben
OH, joyous purchase.

***

“The Border,” #Haibun #Tanka by Debby Gies

My heart aches for the pain and suffering, and loss of life. What remains etched in my mind are the senseless deaths of many fleeing the only homes they’ve ever known, in hopes of asylum – only to find there isn’t any.

Beware the border

A failing system of hope

Yearning for freedom

Human life squandered in search

Where hopes and dreams go to die.

***

“Plan & Spend,” #Etheree by Anita Dawes

Plot

Each move

Like a game

Lay out pieces

Invest in myself

Employ the best methods

thoughts flood my mind thick and fast

Plans by mice and men, not this time

I tune into a higher power

ready to blow my investors’ minds…

***

“Plan & Spend,” Double #Tanka by Robbie Cheadle

Don’t do it

Do you believe in

conspiracy theories?

Don’t exhaust your mind

seeking out hidden agendas

and proving the negatives

***

A gift

When given a gift

don’t diminish its value

by looking for more

than the giver intended

ignoring its true meaning

***

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