“Learning to Fly,” A Senryu

Life is likea cup of tea

This week for my Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challenge, I used synonyms “stretch” for the word give, and “grasp” for receive.


Stretch your wings and fly—
snatch what seems outside your grasp,
success will find you.

© 2018 Colleen M. Chesebro

ColleenFind your magic and let it shine!

Published by Colleen M. Chesebro

An avid reader, Colleen M. Chesebro rekindled her love of writing poetry after years spent working in the accounting industry. These days, she loves crafting syllabic poetry, flash fiction, and creative fiction and nonfiction. In addition to poetry books, Chesebro’s publishing career includes participation in various anthologies featuring short stories, flash fiction, and poetry. She’s an avid supporter of her writing community on Word Craft Poetry.com by organizing and sponsoring a weekly syllabic poetry challenge, called #TankaTuesday, where participants experiment with traditional and current forms of Japanese and American syllabic poetry. Chesebro is an assistant editor of The Congress of the Rough Writers Flash Fiction Anthology & Gitty Up Press, a micro-press founded by Charli Mills and Carrot Ranch. In January 2022, Colleen founded Unicorn Cats Publishing Services to assist poets and authors in creating eBooks and print books for publication. In addition, she creates affordable book covers for Kindle and print books. Chesebro lives in the house of her dreams in mid-Michigan surrounded by the Great Lakes with her husband and two (unicorn) cats, Chloe & Sophie.

27 thoughts on ““Learning to Fly,” A Senryu

    1. Thanks, Sis. I love learning new things so I’m always “learning” to fly. ❤


  1. I almost remembered something that would fit here, but then it left me again. When I find it again I”ll send you a copy. I love your mental images, my friend. And if it’s cool there, I would love being in your area, because the heat index is over 105 here today!

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    1. We hit 90 degrees today. There’s a bad fire down near Pueblo and all the smoke has blown into Colorado Springs. It’s pretty yucky right now but I’m not sweating to death! LOL! You say in the cool. Don’t go out in this heat. ❤

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      1. No problem about me leaving the apartment until things cool off outside. My trips out occur immediately after sunrise and don’t last longer than an hour. What part of the Springs is affected by the fire? I have a brother and 2 sisters living there, but haven’t heard anything from them lately. One sis lives in Monument, close to the AF Academy and surrounded by trees!

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        1. The fires are all south by Pueblo. We got smoke last night but a storm blew through and it’s gone now. Yea!

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          1. Wish I could send you some rain or some of the water we have still standing in places around here. More rain forecast for tonight and I would happily send it your way if it was possible.

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            1. That would be great. Hot again today. You take care and stay inside. Huge hugs winging their way to you! ❤

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    1. Thanks, Diana. It’s another version of “Onward and Upward…” I’ve got that stuck in my head as of late. ❤

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