Colleen’s 2019 #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge Recap No. 128, #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.

By the way, in my search to display your poetry the best way I could, I’ve tried every theme I could find searching for a way to make this recap easier to read. The verse block in the new editor is what it is… The separator is horrible too, so I made my own. Hopefully, this is more visually pleasing.

Join us every Tuesday for Tanka Tuesday!

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.

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.

This challenge was the most “challenging” for me as it became almost impossible to choose only one poem as my favorite. I love Spring and it didn’t take me long to see that all of you marvelous poets loved it too. But, some of you used synonyms different from springtime which made my choices more difficult.

This week, I’ve chosen Elizabeth, from her blog, Tea & Paper as the Poet of the Week. Her Haiga poem is quite clever and I loved her her choice of words. I love the simplicity of the robin and the way she displayed the words, as if the bird is tweeting the verse.

Elizabeth, Poet of the Week – Mar 19 – Mar 24, 2019
CONGRATULATIONS!

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

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


Life leaps, #Butterfly #Cinquain by Jane Dougherty

Life leaps 
with bird warble 
full-throated and lusty 
from grass root to echoing sky 
clouded 
and speckled with loud skeins of geese 
leaf-burst follows blossom 
falling—petals
scattered.

***

Season’s Joy, #Shadorma, by Willowdot21

Life abounds
New and fresh I bounce
Birds chirrup
Like my  heart
A  chorus for this season
Jump high voice my joy

***

“Return of Warmth”, #tanka, #haibun by Trent McDonald

I turn on the radio and a sappy song comes out, reminding us of the 
old sayings about the time of year being the time of love. I hum along, but I’m
not convinced. I think of you and the emotion gushes out. No, it isn’t the new
green leaves that do it, it is that special smile.

The voice purrs the song
The season of renewal
Our thoughts turn to love
My heart leaps, croons not for May
The well overflows for you

***

Singing Bird, #Senryu by TheMiniTroubadoura

Knowledge bounds forth cause,
Inmates on lockdown, cept for
The crooning bird’s cell

After her Senryu, Ursula wrote: "Snitches get stitches…"

***

Dawn, #Haiga by Elizabeth

whistling the good news
bouncing high from branch to branch
the dreams are dawning

***

“Dawn,” #Tanka by Ritu

A beautiful dawn
I can hear the bird's chorus
The sun is shining
A perfect start to the day
Bringing a bounce to my step

***

“Worms,” #Haiga #Senryu By Ethan Dale Eagar

 a call bluffing wild
worms inching a creepy dive
bound for her apple

***

Twitter #Double #Etheree by Sue Vincent

Sap
Rising
Promising
A leap of faith
The world takes a breath
Standing on summer's brink
Small voices poised untested
Rehearse a vernal orison
A chorus of anticipation
Tweeting in exuberant harmony
A riotous celebration of hope
Emerging from the frozen shadows
Child of cold winter's marriage bed
Cherry blossom candy floss
Carnival of colour
Through cracks in concrete
And barren fields
Affirming
Renewed
Joy

***

She of Many Talents, #Tanka by Annette Rochelle Aben

She commands the crowd
Blending more bounce to the ounce
With a golden voice
She performs those risqué tunes
Shaking her ample booty

***

Silent Psalm: A #TankaTuesday #TankaProse by Frank J. Tassone

vernal equinox
the ultimate sunlight from
winter’s last day
how long before we embrace
the warmth of the new season?

My first characters wore the faces of Hanna Barbara and Terrytoons
Animation creations. Others bore the likeness of those from Tolkien, Greek
mythology, DC and Marvel Comics, and Dungeons and Dragons. Derivative
as they were, these characters and their stories still emerged from that
persistent, silent hum that flows like an underground river
through me.

Through my earliest alternating rhymes, and primitive sonnets, to the
imagistic free verse that brought me to haikai’s shore, I wrote whatever
strains I could discern from that persistent, silent hum.

My career in education often conflicted with, sometimes complemented,
and at times even inspired, my vocation as a writer. Nevertheless,
however faintly, I listen to this persistent, silent hum.

Basho called his the way of poetry. Shall I refer to mine as the rhythm of
the silent psalm? Whatever the name, this persistent, silent hum
carries on.

And so must !!
ripples
the rustle of leaves
how to bear witness
to nature’s serenade
in every season

***

Cultists, #Senryu by the dark netizen

The Blood Cultists Chant.
The Demon Vaults Out Of Hell,
Heeding Their Summons…

***

Winter’s Gone, #Haiku by Jewel Ingalls

Smell the budding blooms
Slight breeze, but warmth on my face
Birds' chorus begins

***

A Shoutout to Spring—First Day, #Tanka by myforever77

Little bits of life
Surge forward awaken from
That cold Winter sleep
Wipe the twinkle from your realm
All shoutout the beauty wrought

***

The Footsteps of my Ancestors, #Haibun by Sally Cronin

Barefoot I walk the sands of time. A bounce in my step as the earth’s 
energy rises through the soles of my feet. I am connected to the layers that
form the strata beneath me formed over millions of years. Through the debris of
those ancient times I sense the echo of other feet. Those of my ancestors
across the ages who have trekked this earth from continent to continent.
Crossing icy wastelands and mountain ranges, to this place where I walk in
their footsteps. The wind that accompanied them on their journey,
serenades me as I draw strength from hallowed ground.

Earth as we know it
was formed by the drifting sand
and nomadic tribes

***

Serenade to the Kiwi, #Triple #Shadorma by H. R. R. Gorman

Day breaks bright
While they serenade
Foreign god.
Do you fear
Foreign gods more than your own?
Can thoughts and prayers save?

A cruel
Man with gun and hate
Denied them
Mortal coil
Because their songs upset him.
Does your god not care?

What cruel
Deity now smiles
At this shame?
So I cry
Out thoughts and prayers to save me
From man’s cruelty.

***

“Chorus,” #Shadorma by Donna Matthews

bursting wide
eager to please us
your white show
reaching up
serenading the blue sky
warm wind the chorus

***

“Vibrato”, #Tanka by Dorinda Duclos

Robin’s resilience
Abounds, this vernal season 
Allowing warbles
To permeate the warm air
A vibrato in nature

***

Vernal Equinox #Tanka by Kat

vernal equinox

primordial ooze
swells with new life, emerging
seed to root to shoot
to bloom, serenaded by
bird trills and honey bee hums


***

Surrealistic Spring, #Haibun by Merril D. Smith

Yesterday morning, the almost full moon set in a glowing, misty 
haze. Birds chattered and scolded me just before dawn, the day
of the vernal equinox. Today, I bring some of the Purim Hamantaschen
I baked to my mom. Philadelphia is a smeary charcoal drawing—damp
and dreary. The day seems surreal. My mom is seeing birdcages.
As we leave, a sad clown, tall and silent, walks out of the lobby of her
building. We listen to news of mourning in New Zealand on the car radio.
But when we get home, I see the first daffodils blooming, bright
beacons in the gloom.

shimmery moon hums
songs float between here and there,
mockingbird echoes

***

“Springtime,” #Double #Etheree by Vashti Quiroz-Vega

I'm
brewing
the perfect
combination 
of ingredients 
for the best spring ever 
so into the cauldron go . . . 
one lovely maiden's serenade, 
a cup each of pink blossoms and buds,
a bunny's first hop, a fairy's giggle . . .
love,
more love,
and plenty
of sunny days,
a tablespoon of
a butterfly’s flutter, 
the yellow of daffodils,
smiles of babies and their parents, 
last but not least a quart of kindness,
and combine to make the best spring ever.

***

Life Lessons from Buddha, #Tanka by Marje @ Kyrosmagica

Buddha Teaches us
To develop good habits
Time to meditate
Ensconced by a sacred tree
While sweet birds serenade you.

***

Life Lessons from Cats, #Tanka by Marje @ Kyrosmagica

Bound about, stay curious,
Extol trying hard,
Do what’s right for you, RELAX….
Live, love, unconditionally.
Be determined, but have FUN.

***

“Whispers on the Wind”, #Etheree by Hélène – Willow Poetry

 roots
awake
tender shoots
yesterday’s seeds
rise beyond darkness
golden dawn anoints world
today’s vibrant serenade
promenade into calm meadow
gathering as one the old and new
mother nature inseminate beauty

***

Ben’s new Munromobile #Tanka by Ben, Munro buddy and budding dog-poet

Bought near Pentland hills -
My rising star, shinning bright -
Tanka-Kangoo beams.
Like the promise of sunset
Or a boyant, joyous song.

***

“Synchronized Nature,” #Haibun by Miriam Hurdle

I woke up to a bright light outside the windows. The dry ground in the 
garden invited me to take photos of the flowers and birds. I can count the
number of sunny days in the record-breaking wet winter. The bee attracting
clover flowers perform a graceful swaying on the slope below the cypress trees.
At the bottom of the slope, the plum trees are covered with budding
ready for pollination. Nature synchronizes the appearances. The warm sun
delights my sight and tickles the taste buds.

Busy buzzing bees
Dancing over the Blossoms
Bring tasteful plums

***

Nest Building, #Butterfly #Cinquain by Linda Lee Lyberg

Sparrow
perching on limb
warbling hello to dawn
plucks budding green shoots from the tree
happy
creating a safe nesting place
for speckled eggs to hatch
feeding nestlings
fat worms

***

“Rat,” # Shadorma by Violet Lentz

They promised
him a pardon if
he’d put the
finger on
his boss. Who in turn- BAM! put
the finger on him.

***

“The Song of Spring,” #Etheree by Holly Fister

What a noisy time, this awakening!

The moist earth hums a new melody:

robin hops with a cheerful chirp,

the tabby purrs in the sun,

squirrel chicks, her tail flicks,

children squeal with glee.

Creation chants

joyfully.

Lift your

voice!


***

“Honoring the First Day of Spring,” A #Double Etheree by Colleen M. Chesebro

Praise
Vesna
the Slavic
Goddess of Spring
and fertility,
who declares victory
over the cold of winter,
by bringing forth new life this day,
and returning the light from the dark
past of winter's inhospitable chill.
Exalt the Vernal Equinox on this
full moon night, with chanting and dancing
as we carry clay birds adorned
with brightly colored flowers
to bless our fields in your
ethereal glow.
All hail, Vesna
The patron
of new
life.

***

For all your hard work. Stay tuned for tomorrow’s new challenge. ❤

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. ❤

“Honoring the First Day of Spring,” A #Double Etheree

For my poetry challenge this week, I chose the words, Vernal Equinox for spring, and chant(ing) for sing. Considering we also have a full moon tonight, I can’t wait to see what blows in on the wind.

To celebrate this first day of spring, I’d like to introduce you to the Slavic Goddess, Vesna. I wrote an article about her on the Sisters of the Fey blog. You can read it HERE.

Wikipedia.com shares:

“The word “vesna” is still the poetic word for “spring” in the Slovene language,[2] as well as Czech and Slovak. In Russian, Polish, Ukrainian and Belarusian languages vesna/wiosna is the actual word for spring. The month February is sometimes named vesnar in Slovene language.[2] In Serbian, the word vesnik is used to denote someone who heralds or brings about springtime.”

“In Slovene mythology, the beautiful women called “vesnas” lived in palaces atop mountains where they discussed the fate of crops and of human inhabitants. A magical circle around their palaces kept them from leaving the mountain top except during February, when they would travel in wooden carts down to the valleybelow. Only certain people were capable of hearing them singing. People who snuck up to their mountain palaces might learn their fates, but risked an unpleasant end if they were caught by the vesnas.[2]

Vesna, Slavic Goddess of Spring

Honoring the First Day of Spring


Praise
Vesna
the Slavic
Goddess of Spring
and fertility,
who declares victory
over the cold of winter,
by bringing forth new life this day,
and returning the light from the dark
past of winter's inhospitable chill.
Exalt the Vernal Equinox on this
full moon night, with chanting and dancing
as we carry clay birds adorned
with brightly colored flowers
to bless our fields in your
ethereal glow.
All hail, Vesna
The patron
of new
life.

© 2019 Colleen M. Chesebro
Happy Spring! Loving my unicorn time! ❤

Colleen’s 2019 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 128 #SynonymsOnly

WELCOME TO TANKA TUESDAY!

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

I’m still working on my new book… so yes, I’m still dancing with the unicorns.

Here are your two words for this week:

Spring & Sing

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 (Denver 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) Denver 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.

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.

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.

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!


Beltane’s Song – A #Haibun #Tanka #flashfiction

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I’m short on time today because I played in the dirt yesterday, so I’m combining my Tanka Tuesday poetry challenge with the Carrot Ranch.com flash fiction challenge, with those rules below. Click HERE to learn more about this week’s Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challenge.

May 3, 2018, Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) use a line in your story. You can think of the variation of the word meaning, or you can think of visual references. Go where the prompt leads.

Respond by May 15, 2018. Use the comment section below to share, read and be social. You may leave a link, pingback or story in the comments.

Rules are here.

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I plunged my hands into the soil feeling the remains of winter’s damp. I smiled as the sun’s abundant rays covered me in a blanket of warmth and opulence. Today brings the first indication that a line has been crossed from winter into spring.

Consecrating life –

Goddess fertility thrives,

Beltane’s assurance.

Birds cantillate, flowers bloom,

crops sprout neath the flower moon.

Spring has always been my favorite time of year. Beltane is halfway between the spring equinox and the summer solstice. Beltane honors new life. It represents that Spring is underway, and Summer is just around the corner.

© 2018 Colleen M. Chesebro

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These are newest finch babies in my garden, measuring about two inches long. Both the mother and father were mad that I climbed the ladder to photograph their offspring nestled beneath the overhang under our front porch. I lulled the parents’ frazzled nerves with fresh water and rich black nyjer seeds in the back garden. Happy Spring!

Have the best day ever

Longing for Spring – A #Haiku

Snow crystals glisten –
beneath the vault of heaven
spring still has not sprung.

© 2017 Colleen M. Chesebro

Enter the world of the swamp fairy and learn about the

Calcite fairy stone.

Available on:

Amazon Kindle

Amazon Paperback

Goodreads

Universal book link

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Waiting for Spring – A #Tanka

Welcome to my contribution to my weekly #Tanka Tuesday poetry challenge. This week, I tweaked the prompt word of “clouds” to “shroud,” and I left the word “spring.”

Both words have many connotations. Depending on how you use your synonyms you can alter the meaning of your Tanka poetry in many ways. Don’t be afraid to experiment with synonyms. Sometimes subtle meanings pack the most punch in your poetry. Play with the words for different reactions.

The best poetry has layers of meaning.

Image Credit: BrainyQuote.com

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

Waiting for Spring

Winter winds beckon –
as gray mists shroud the mountain,
nature springs anew.
Just when I think it’s over
Mother Nature throws a blow.

©2017 Colleen M. Chesebro

Use these hashtags to tag your post and to Tweet each other’s poems#Tanka Tuesday, #micropoetry, #poetry, #5lines, #Tanka, #poem

Go on Twitter and search for these hashtags. There are tons of great poems to read and retweet.”

Don’t forget to join in and share your #Tanka #Poem using the words: CLOUDS & SPRING, or if you need some visual inspiration write your Tanka poem and tell us of the feelings and descriptions from the photo above.

STAY TUNED FOR NEXT TUESDAY’S POETRY CHALLENGE.
MY POETS HAVE GRADUATED, AND WE WILL BE STARTING SOMETHING NEW…

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In celebration of St. Patrick’s Day this contest runs from March 12, 2017, through March 18, 2017. 

This is a random drawing using the Gleam Competitions App. On March 19, 2017, I will announce the winner on my blog: colleenchesebro.com.

The winner must notify me by email at colleenchesebro3@gmail.com and provide me with their address NLT March 22, 2017, so that I can mail their signed copy to them. Please allow two weeks after the end of this contest for mailing time.

 Are you excited?

What are you waiting for?

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Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka #Poetry Challenge # 25 – Clouds & Spring

Happy TANKA Tuesday everyone! Welcome to the TANKA CAFÉ. Are you ready to get groovy with your poetry? Then, you’re in the right place! Pull up a chair, order some coffee or tea and let’s write some TANKA poetry.

Grab a cup of Joe or a cup of tea and read what’s below…

SO, LET’S TALK ABOUT HOW TO CREATE THE TANKA POETRY FORM.

It’s worth taking a moment to check the best way to create a Tanka.

Tanka poems are based on syllable structure much the same way a Haiku is written in the 5/7/5 format.

The Tanka form is easy to create: 5/7/5/7/7 and is a Haiku with two extra lines, of 7 syllables each consisting of five separate lines.

What makes a Tanka different from a Haiku is that the first three lines (5/7/5) are the upper phase. This upper stage is where you create an image in your reader’s mind.

The last two lines (7/7) of a Tanka poem are called the lower phase. Now here is where it gets interesting. The lower stage, the final two lines, should express the poet’s ideas about the image that was created in the three lines above.

Visit Jean Emrich at tankaonline.com Quick Start Guide
CLICK THE LINK TO SEE THE EXAMPLES and to learn how to write a Tanka poem

Here are some great sites that will help you write your Tanka.

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 “Poetry Workshop” tab to create your Tanka. Here are the rules for the Tanka form: howmanysyllables.com

I will publish the Tanka Tuesday prompt at 12: 03 A.M. Mountain Standard Time (Denver
Time). 
That should give everyone time to see the prompt from around the world.

WRITE YOUR TANKA POEM ON YOUR BLOG as a post.

How Long Do You Have and Your Deadline: You have a week to complete the Challenge with a deadline of Monday at 12:00 P.M. (Noon)
Denver time, U. S. A. This will give me a chance to add the links from everyone’s Tanka post from the previous week, on the new prompt I send out on Tuesday. I urge everyone to visit the blogs and comment on everyone’s Tanka poem.

The rules are simple.

I will give you two words that you need to use (in some form) in the writing of your Tanka.

The two words can be used in any way you would like to use them. Words have different definitions, and you can use the definitions you like. Feel free to use synonyms for the words.

LINK YOUR BLOG POST TO MINE WITH A PINGBACK. To do a Pingback: Copy the URL (the HTTP:// address of my post) for the current week’s Challenge and paste it into your post. You may also place a copy of your URL of your Tanka Post in the comments of the current week’s Challenge post.

Because of the time difference between where you are, and I am, you might not think your link is there. I manually approve all links. People participating in the challenge may visit you and comment or “like” your post. I also need at least a Pingback or a link in the comments section to know you took part and to include you in the Weekly Review section of the new prompt on Tuesday.

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

As time permits, I will visit your blog, comment, and TWEET your TANKA

If you add these hashtags to your post your poetry may be viewed more often:

#Tanka Tuesday, #micropoetry, #poetry, #5lines

If you haven’t set up your blog to share to Twitter, you should. It is an excellent way to meet other poets and share your work.

You may copy the badge I have created to go with the Tanka Tuesday Challenge Post and place it in your post:

HERE’S WHO JOINED US LAST WEEK FOR OUR 24th CHALLENGE USING THE WORDS – FIRE & RAIN: (Please make sure to visit the other participants. We learn from each other. <3)

Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka #Poetry Challenge # 24 – FIRE & RAIN/Two on a Rant

Fire & Rain – Playing with words

Tanka: Fire & Rain – Jane Dougherty Writes

Soul on Fire – Reena Saxena

When Nature Muse (Tanka) – Thoughts of Words

“FIRE & RAIN” – Mick E Talbot Poems

Promise | Sue Vincent’s Daily Echo

Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Poetry Challenge #24 Fire and Rain | Annette Rochelle Aben

Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka #Poetry Challenge # 24 – “FIRE & RAIN” | K Y R O S M A G I C A

Untouched by the Rain (a tanka) | Darkness of His Dreams

Fire & Rain | thoughts and entanglements

Tanka //Poetry Challenge// Rain & Fire – சுழல்கள்/Suzhalgal

Fireflies | The Syllabub Sea

Coming of Spring: Tanka | Yesterday and today: Merril’s historical musings

When the Cold Wind Blows | method two madness

Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Poetry Challenge #24 Fire & Rain/Deepikas Ramblings

A #Colorado Spring – A #Tanka – Colleen Chesebro ~ Fairy Whisperer

This week’s Poet of the Week is Method Two Madness (Kerfe & Nina). Excellent imagery in her words and make sure and play the song while you are reading her Tanka.

Read the fourth line! The description is excellent.

If you see fire, if
fire is spilled, smothered by rain,
stolen from the sun–

are bridges burned, rivers run
dry?  A cold flaming.  Unquenched.

©2017 Method Two Madness

James Taylor released his album “Sweet Baby James” in 1970, the year I graduated from high school.  It was a constant in my life for the next few years and remains a touchstone for remembering that time.


When Colleen titled her tanka challenge this week “Fire and Rain,” James Taylor’s song immediately began to play in my head.  Almost all the songs on “Sweet Baby James” talk about the sun, yet there’s a touch of melancholy in every word.  Colleen’s prompt photo, too, seems to reflect these contradictory feelings.  Endings, beginnings:  fire and rain.  My tanka is an imagined conversation with the album and the song.

Here are the two words for this week’s challenge: CLOUDS & SPRING

(any forms of the words AND don’t forget to use synonyms)

There are many different meanings to these words. Have fun and experiment. If the prompt words don’t Inspire you… write a Tanka based on the photo BELOW:

Image credit: Pixabay.com

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The Seasons – Hugh’s Photo Challenge

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For this week’s photo challenge from Hugh’s Views and News, who is being hosted by the ever fabulous, Ronovan, of Ronovan Writes, we are to show what “Season” means to us.

Want to join the fun? Here’s what you need to do.

  1. Take or choose a photo that you’ve taken which, for you, depicts Group.
    2. Create a new post on your blog entitled “Hugh’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Week 22 – “Group”
    3. Add the photo(s) you have taken to the post and tell us a little about what you are showing.
    4. Create a *pingback to this post or leave a link to your post in the comments section below so that other participants can view the post.

Not sure how to create a pingback? Click here for a step by step guide on how to create one.

*As Pingbacks have not been working on WordPress over the last few weeks, Hugh asks that we please leave a link to our post in the comments section so he and other participants can view the post. 

I love the four seasons and that is one of the reasons we moved from Florida to Colorado… I know one extreme to another. It does make for some interesting weather, though! Here is a quick pick of the seasons as I have know them the last couple of years!

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Winter

This is a photo of our oak tree last November. It was our first Colorado blizzard. (This tree has no signs of growth this spring. I believe it has passed on to the great tree heaven up above)

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My granddaughter’s Azalea – first spring bloom in Florida

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Summer in Montana – a gently rolling stream back in the woods

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Fall in Colorado – Better pictures coming this year!

Here’s to hoping for a fabulous day where ever you are! TGIF!

Is it Friday yet

Awaiting Spring – A Haiku

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The RonovanWrites #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #94 words are: “Diamonds & Pearls.”

The poetic opportunities presented by these two words are endless. The most logical assumption is that “diamonds and pearls” are a girl’s best friend! At least we can all hope.

For me, it is really hard not to link these words without a romantic notion slipping into my thoughts. Instead, I will concentrate on the arrival of spring to the Rocky Mountains. It has to be coming soon… I am told the magic day is Mother’s Day!

On my daily walk today with Sugar and Spice, I felt the cold fingers of the north wind blowing down from the towering mountains into the plains far below. I shivered and watched as black clouds billowed and formed taking turns hiding the sun. I can tell rain is coming, and that is a good thing.

Colorado Spring Time

Snow diamonds gleam –

beneath the pearly moonbeams,

spring still has not sprung.

Happy Day

Silver is still waiting for spring!

RonovanWrites #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #90 Friend & Shiver

This week’s haiku challenge prompt words from Ronovan are “friend and shiver.” Friend = ally and Shiver = quake. Since I missed last week’s challenge, I thought I had better get this up early. I am in the full flush of spring fever!

I love spring! Today, on my walk with Sugar and Spice, I saw my first forsythia bushes starting to bloom. These are some of my favorite spring blooming bushes. The warm sunny yellow blooms shine through the draping of snow that wraps around the base of the bushes like a collar of lace.

Forsythia buds –

quaking through the Ides of March,

April rains friend blooms.


Happy Spring, my friends!