“The Vitality of Words,” A Tanka

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This week for my Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challenge, I used the word “drives,” for vigor, and “vitality” for the word, energy.

I chose these words to show how fun it could be to use words that have a similar meaning or connotation in your poetry. I usually like to use opposites because that gives us an opportunity to show some kind of tension in our prose. Change is good, right?

Thesaurus.com gives us different synonyms for the word, “energy.” I’ve added a screenshot so you can see the available tabs for the different meanings of the word. Please take advantage of those additional suggestions. I always try to find words that have additional meanings (not always) but I do try. 😀

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When inspiration—

drives me into a frenzy

deep within my soul,

the vitality of words

flows with an intensity.


© 2018 Colleen M. Chesebro


33 thoughts on ““The Vitality of Words,” A Tanka

    1. You’re so sweet, Erika. Thank you. I love autumn. I decided that each season I would change it up. I’m motivated by the changing seasons. It’s great fun. ❤

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  1. I love this Tanka, Colleen. I smile because when the intensity of inspiration hits when I’m driving, I either stopped by a parking lot to write or dried to record it on my phone! Well written!

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