Sue’s poem earned the right to claim the distinction of being the Poet of the Week for last week’s challenge. Congratulations, Sue. ❤
Welcome to the Tanka Tuesday Poetry Recap featuring the work of poets from around the globe. If you would like to participate in this challenge, you can learn the rules on the menu item called Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Tuesday Guidelines.
CHANGES ARE COMING TO WORDPRESS!
I have no idea how this will affect us for this challenge or blogging with WordPress. I’ll try to roll with the changes.
In the meantime, I’ve upgraded to the business plan so that I could get a plugin to stay with the original WordPress editor.
Click this link to learn more: Writer’s Tips – #Friday Blog share – #Selfpublishing – #WordPress Changes Coming/D.G. Kayewriter.com
PLEASE NOTE: Don’t forget to count your syllables. Use this site: howmanysyllables.com. Click on the workshop tab. Then, copy and paste your poem into the box, and click “count syllables” at the bottom.
For some, this challenge is a way to learn more about writing in English, even though it’s the American version. English is a second language to many of our participants.
I also understand that accent and inflection play a key roll in the way you say certain words and this will change the syllable count. Here is my compromise: Please try to get as close to the syllable count as possible when writing these syllabic forms of poetry.
This challenge is not for free-verse poetry. ❤
Each week, I like to highlight a poet who I call the Poet of the Week, who has shared an exceptional message, or shown an impassioned creativity through words or form. Poetry is all about perception, so don’t be shocked if you don’t feel the same way about a poem that I do. ❤
This week, I’ve chosen Sue Vincent, and her poem, Cliché… This poem really stood out to me because the first part is a Cinquain which creates the first act of what will follow. In this way, the Cinquain sets up the synonyms for the words, “sad and write.”
Yet, it is the rhythmic stanzas that flow afterward which give this poem its power. Interesting to note, her syllables used per line are in an 8 syllable, 6 syllable pattern almost all the way to the end, illustrating the metre power of the iambic pentameters in her words.
Sighing, mourning, why-ing
Penned expressions of emotion
It is, they say, just a cliché
To pen a mournful verse,
An ode to love, a billet doux,
A burning flame…or worse…
And yet, the universal pen
Of lovers everywhere
Turns first to rhyme and doggerel
When seeking words of care.
Perhaps the poet and the heart
Have gone too deep for skill
And with emotion’s misaimed sword
Their own expressions kill?
Sometimes a cliché’s all that works
… The rose and turtle dove…
To confine hearts to paper words
(Or find a rhyme for ‘love’).
Do not dismiss the doggerel;
Within outmoded form,
The heart that seeks the words to speak
Is genuine and warm.
Although the words are shaped awry
And though the phrases pall,
The love they hold is not cliché’d
But at the heart of all.
© 2018 Sue Vincent
“Poetry is not an expression of the party line. It’s that time of night, lying in bed, thinking what you really think, making the private world public, that’s what the poet does.” — Allen Ginsberg
HERE’S WHO JOINED US LAST WEEK FOR OUR 98th POETRY CHALLENGE USING SYNONYMS FOR THE WORDS: “Sad & Write”
The new challenge is up Tuesday morning. See you there! ❤
Welcome to the Tanka Tuesday Poetry Recap. The last month has whirled by for me. I’ve missed three of my own challenges – something I hate to do. Between painting our upstairs and my unexpected reaction to the “shingles shot” I’ve been scrambling!
Here are the results of the voting for Challenge No. 79 “Dance & Command,” with, Sue Vincent voted “Poet of the Week” by her peers. ❤
Scott Andrew Bailey
Scott Andrew Bailey
Method Two Madness
John W. Leys
Here – Method Two
John W. Leys’ Masquerade
Sue Vincent is the Poet of the Week for her poem called, “Mirage” for Challenge No. 79, Dance and Command.
©2018 Sue Vincent
“Starting today, I have eliminated the voting option for Poet of the Week. I had hoped it would engage participants more, but instead, it stressed everyone out – including me. I want this challenge to be fun and thought-provoking, not a chore to participate in. I’ve gone back to selecting a poem to highlight each week. Thanks for trying this experiment. You never know until you try.” ❤
Years take their toll
Naked he collects his girth
sweating and squidgy
She sighs and turns out the light
smiling thinks of his brother
© 2018 Michael, Afterwards Blog
There is a great story wrapped up in this Tanka. Even though it’s not told in the first person you get a sense of intimacy from his choice of words. I love the flow and the depth of emotions that explode from both of the characters. How do you feel at the end of the poem? That last sentence really puts this couple’s life in perspective.
Tanka poetry should evoke some kind of strong emotions in the reader. I think this is an excellent Tanka poem because it makes the reader feel many of the emotions present in this couple’s marriage.
Click the “HOW TO” links in the menu at the top right widget to refresh your memory on the various ways to write Tanka, Haiku, Senryu, Haibun, and Cinquain.
“Tanka is a poetry form which originated in Japan more than 13 centuries ago. In its purest form, tanka poems are most commonly written as expressions of gratitude, love, or self-reflection. Suitors would send a tanka to a woman the day after a date, and she would reply in kind. These were short messages (like secret letters) expressing love, desire, meaning, or gratitude. These poems often culminated in a transcendental message.
Today, much of that original purpose is lost in tanka poems. Poets include any subject that lends itself well to the tanka form. Some subjects simply don’t lend themselves to tanka. For example, when writing about the frustration of cooking bacon and eggs, other poetry forms should be employed. But when composing a poem which includes personal experience and a resulting profound feeling, then tanka is perfect. Tanka are not whimsical. They should include some deep meaning or purpose, and leave the reader with a strong feeling…“ Click here to read more.
HERE’S WHO JOINED US LAST WEEK FOR OUR 80th POETRY CHALLENGE USING SYNONYMS FOR THE WORDS: “GATHER & SOFT”
Visit these poets and follow their blogs! You’ll be glad you did! ❤
Welcome to POETRY TUESDAY!
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Congratulations! This is the beginning of our second year of writing amazing poetry. To keep things interesting, I’ve added a few new poetry forms. Have fun and remember the key to writing these poetry forms is to follow the rules, count syllables, and count the lines. ❤
We are all students of poetry. I have given you the instructions on how to write the different forms. Try your best to be as exact as you can. There are no tests, and I don’t grade your work. LOL!
The biggest change you will learn about is in writing a Haiku vs. a Senryu. Also, remember, pronunciation in different parts of the world will affect your syllable count. Go with your gut on determining the syllable count. You are the poet and the creator of your own work.
The main objection of this challenge is to learn how to write various forms of poetry. Remember, if you are submitting your poetry for publication in literary journals, contests, or self-publishing, you should know the correct forms and use them. Check the rules by clicking on the links below. ❤
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For Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge, you can write your poem in one of the forms defined below. Click on the link to learn about each type:
HAIKU in English 5/7/5 syllable structure. A Haiku is written about seasonal changes, nature, and change in general.
TANKA in English 5/7/5/7/7 syllable structure. Your Tanka will consist of five lines written in the first person point of view. This is important because the poem should be written from the perspective of the poet.
- The text unfolds in the present moment, as though the experience is occurring now rather than yesterday or some time ago. In keeping with the simplicity of the accompanying haiku or tanka poem, all unnecessary words should be pared down or deleted. Nothing must ever be overstated.
- The poetry never tries to repeat, quote, or explain the prose. Instead, the poetry reflects some aspect of the prose by introducing a different step in the narrative through a microburst of detail. Thus, the poetry is a sort of juxtaposition – seemingly different yet somehow connected.
Senryu in English 5/7/5 syllable structure. A Senryu is written about love, a personal event, and must have some sort of irony present.
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(Currently, free-verse prose poems are NOT part of this challenge)
Here are some great sites that will help you write your poetry and count syllables.
For Synonyms and Antonyms. When your word has too many syllables, find one that works.
Find out how many syllables each word has. I use this site for all my Haiku and Tanka poems. Click on the “Workshop” tab to create your Haiku or Tanka.
I 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.
WRITE YOUR POEM ON YOUR BLOG as a post.
How Long Do You Have and Your Deadline: You have ONE 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 poem 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 poem.
The rules are simple.
I will give you two words that you need to use (in some form) in the writing of your poetry. This will be a challenge in writing your Haibun poem. Follow the rules carefully.
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 when the poetry form calls for it.
LINK YOUR BLOG POST TO MINE WITH A PINGBACK. To do a Pingback: Copy the URL (the HTTPS:// address of my post) for the current week’s Challenge and paste it into your post. You may also place a copy of your URL of your post in the comments of the current week’s Challenge post.
Because of the time difference between where you are, and I am, you might not think your link is there. I manually approve all links. People taking part in the challenge may visit you and comment or “like” your post. I also need at least a Pingback or a link in the comments section to know you took part and to include you in the Weekly Review section of the new prompt on Tuesday.
BE CREATIVE. Use your photos and create “Visual POETRY” if you wish, although it is not necessary. Use whatever program you want to make your images at Canva.com or
As time allows, I will visit your blog, comment, and TWEET your POETRY
If you add these hashtags to your post TITLE (depending on which poetry form you use) your poetry may be viewed more often:
#Haiku, #Tanka, #micropoetry, #poetry, #5lines, #Haibun, #Prose #Synryu, #CinquainPoetry
IF YOU DO NOT HAVE YOUR TWITTER ACCOUNT LINKED TO YOUR BLOG – I WILL NO LONGER TWEET YOUR POETRY… THERE IS NO SENSE SINCE YOUR TWEET BECOMES PART OF WORDPRESS.COM AND THERE IS NO ATTRIBUTION BACK TO YOU.
CLICK HERE TO LEARN HOW TO LINK YOUR WORDPRESS BLOG TO TWITTER
You may copy the badge I have created to go with the Weekly Poetry Challenge Post and place it in your post:
HERE’S WHO JOINED US LAST WEEK FOR OUR 52nd POETRY CHALLENGE USING THE WORDS – SPIRIT & JOY
(I LOVED your enthusiasm, and how many of you couldn’t resist trying out the new poetry forms as I unveiled the instructions. What fun! You guys make me so proud).
Don’t FORGET! If you are selected as my Poet of the Week, your poem will also be featured in my bi-monthly newsletter.
Rising in silence
Spirit of sorrow and joy
Erasing the night
I watch the sun rise from my doorstep. Inside, the humdrum necessities await. Outside, the small dog explores the garden with the same excitement every morning. Birds sing, the weather, fair or foul, reveals itself and adds its definition to the possibilities to come. I am poised on the brink of belief.
I have a choice. I can face the day ahead with weariness, plodding through its demands, resentment building. I can accept the daily gauntlet of challenges. Or embrace them with open arms, knowing that what comes, must be. The dawn brings its own gifts. My daily task is to see them.
©2017 Sue Vincent
“Notice how her haiku highlights her prose although she doesn’t repeat her personal thoughts. Here are rules so you can see how perfect I think her Haibun is:”
Every haibun must begin with a title.
Haibun prose is composed of terse, descriptive paragraphs, written in the first person singular.
The text unfolds in the present moment, as though the experience is occurring now rather than yesterday or some time ago. In keeping with the simplicity of the accompanying haiku or tanka poem, all excessive words should be pared down or deleted. Nothing must ever be overstated.
The poetry never attempts to repeat, quote or explain the prose.
Instead, the poetry reflects some aspect of the prose by introducing a different step in the narrative through a microburst of detail.
Thus, the poetry is a sort of juxtaposition – seemingly different yet somehow connected.
Remember, when writing a Haibun, it’s the discovery of the link between the prose and the poetry that offers one of the great delights of this form. The subtle twist provided by an elegantly envisaged link, adds much pleasure to our reading and listening. ❤
Here are the two words for this week’s challenge: MIST & SHAPE
(any forms of the words and don’t forget to use synonyms)
POETRY TUESDAY! JOIN IN AND GET YOUR POETRY ON!
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.
For Synonyms and Antonyms. When your word has too many syllables, find one that works.
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). 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 19th CHALLENGE USING THE WORDS – CRAFT & RISE: (Please make sure to visit the other participants. We learn from each other. <3)
* What is a Haibun? Poets.org says:
“Haibun is a poetic form that allows one to answer some of these questions while providing a fresh perspective through a lens that focuses on nature and landscape. Haibun combines a prose poem with a haiku. The haiku usually ends the poem as a sort of whispery and insightful postscript to the prose of the beginning of the poem. Another way of looking at the form is thinking of haibun as highly focused testimony or recollection of a journey composed of a prose poem and ending with a meaningful murmur of sorts: a haiku. The result is a very elegant block of text with the haiku serving as a tiny bowl or stand for the prose poem. A whole series of them in a manuscript look like neat little signs or flags—a visual delight.”
This week’s Poet of the Week is Sue Vincent. Her Tanka poem called “Riddles,” really spoke to me this week. Sue always tells me that her poetry is layered with meaning. You will think so too, once you’ve read her excellent creation. ❤
©2017 Sue Vincent
Here are the two words for this week’s challenge: ANGEL & DEVIL
(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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Sue shows us TRUE HOPE. Please read this excellent poem and learn about Nick’s story. He is a shining beacon of hope to us all!! ❤
It was already hot, only dawn and I’m melting
The sun in the heavens is already pelting
I want to crawl into the fridge to keep cool
I am staying indoors, I am nobody’s fool.
But in that I am wrong, for I do have a duty…
My son is my boss though, in that there is beauty.
He will understand that I’m achy and hot
He is bound to be gentle with Mum, is he not?
He’s all bright and smiley, he likes the hot weather,
I’m wilting and limp, but I keep it together…
“Let’s garden today,” said my son and employer.
Is that in my contract…perhaps get a lawyer?
He feeds me with honey for energy levels
Then says something nice, he’s a sneaky young devil
He plies me with compliments, even says ‘please’…
Then I’m out with the rose bushes, spiders and bees.
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Welcome! This is an open invitation to join in on my blogging event called, Writer’s Quote Wednesday. This is your chance to highlight your favorite author’s quotes that give inspiration to you as a writer. Do you feel like your writing is getting stale? Are you looking for inspiration to keep writing? Then you have come to right spot!
All you have to do is find your favorite quote. Find something that truly speaks to you. This does not have to pertain just to writing. It can be any kind of quote as long as it made an impact on you. Then, write a post and include your quote.
There are no rules to follow. Either create your own sayings (because after all, we are all writer’s here) or use a quote from a famous author that you find gives you inspiration. Just make sure that credit is given for other’s work. You can use Fotoflexer or Picmonkey, or any other program that you wish to make your own images. Click the links to go to the programs.
Be ready to take part with videos and words, photos, and any other media you care to share. I would love to hear some quotes spoken or even sung! Please make sure and give credit to the author of the quote. If it is an image quote you found on the internet, please say where you found it.
Each Wednesday, I will post the prompt and all you have to do is take part! You have from that Wednesday until the following Monday night to post your quotes. That will give me time to do a weekly wrap up and the new quote for the following week. On Tuesday, I will post a Weekly Recap of the past week’s quotes with links back to your blogs.
I will share your images on social media for added exposure. Copy the badge above and include it on your own post.
Please be aware that I do NOT receive any emails from WordPress any longer. I am using the reader exclusively. Please make sure that your pingback works on my Wednesday post so that I can find you. ❤
Tag your post on your own blog as “Writer’s Quote Wednesday,” so we can find the posts in the reader. On your own blog post do a ping-back to THIS post and make sure to “like” or “comment” on everyone else’s post. A ping-back is when you embed (or copy) the HTTP:// address of my weekly prompt into your own blog post.
Make sure to check my weekly prompt (this post) to see if your entry is there. You can copy the HTTP:// address of your blog post and include it in the comments section of my original weekly prompt if that works better for you.
Ronovan, from Ronovan Writes and I have joined forces! He has been linking his #BeWoW blog share (Be Wonderful on Wednesday) now to include: Be Writing on Wednesday. If you would like to combine both posts feel free to do so and link them to my post. I will make sure and add you to the quote wrap-up I do each Tuesday. Please make sure and check out Ron’s blog for more writing inspiration and motivation!
Author, Sue Vincent
This week, my quote is from one of my very own favorite authors here on WordPress, Sue Vincent. Sue is a faithful contributor to Writer’s Quote Wednesday and has shared many inspiring quotes with all of us. This quote was part of her post last week called, “Impossible Things.” Click here to read her post.
“All writers rely on memory to create the worlds within their books, just as we all rely on it to interpret the world as we traverse each day. But to remember that which you have not yet seen… and believe impossible things? There, of course, lies total creative freedom… a reality unarguable and a unique experience from which only you can write.”
– Sue Vincent
As a writer and avid reader of fantasy novels I found Sue’s quote explained how I feel every time I take pen to paper. It is true creative freedom to share my unique ingenuity with my readers of worlds that only I have seen and devised in my head. Our fantasy worlds take the reader on a journey they have never traversed before. Thank you, Sue, for your eloquent words.
“Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire born writer currently living in the south of England, largely due to an unfortunate incident with a map, a pin and a blindfold. Raised in a spiritually eclectic family she has always had an unorthodox view on life, particularly the inner life, which is often reflected in her writing, poetry and paintings.
She maintains a popular blog, http://www.scvincent.com and is currently owned by a small dog who also blogs and whose own book, “Notes from a Small Dog,” is a bid to raise funds to buy an automatic tennis ball launcher.
Sue lived in France for several years, sharing a Bohemian lifestyle and writing songs before returning to England where the younger of her two sons was born. She began writing and teaching online several years ago, and was invited to collaborate with Dr G Michael Vasey on their book, “The Mystical Hexagram: The Seven Inner Stars of Power” (Datura Press).
Since then she has published a number of books, beginning with “Sword of Destiny”, a magical tale set in the ancient landscape of Yorkshire. Her retelling of the Egyptian myths, “The Osiriad”, came shortly afterwards along with the Triad of Albion – “The Initiate”, “Heart of Albion” and “Giants Dance” in collaboration with Stuart France. These books tell a factual tale in a fictional manner, that is at once a journey into the landscape, myth and iconography of Albion and the story of a growing and rather oddball friendship.
France and Vincent are now working on the last of the three books in the Doomsday series.
Sue, along with Steve Tanham and Stuart France, is a Director of the Silent Eye School of Consciousness, an international modern Mystery School that seeks to allow its students to find the inherent magic in living and being. www.thesilenteye.co.uk“
Ani has her own Facebook page if you care to call in she would be glad to see you.
SO, Come on! Join in and add a quote that gave you inspiration this week!