Finding Clarity, #Tanka

This week for our poetry challenge it was "theme week." It was Ken Gierke's (Riverlogr) turn to pick the theme. He decided on the phrase, "finding clarity." What a great choice! Let's talk about Tanka poetry this week. Many poets think this form is comprised of five lines, and 31 syllables. That's true up to … Continue reading Finding Clarity, #Tanka

Rainbow’s Escape, #flashfiction

The Carrot Ranch February 20, 2020, flash fiction prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story about a library cat named Rainbow who escapes. Use this situation to write what happens next. Where does this situation take place, and who else might be involved? Go where the prompt leads! Respond by February … Continue reading Rainbow’s Escape, #flashfiction

Once in a Blue Moon, #Shadorma #PhotoPrompt

©2020 Ritu Bhathal This week for my poetry challenge, Ritu picked an interesting photo. I got excited at what the rest of you saw or felt from the image. Some detected a malevolence, while others conveyed a normal evening with the moon overhead. Shadorma poetry has its own rhythm and flow, called a sestet, a … Continue reading Once in a Blue Moon, #Shadorma #PhotoPrompt

“Love is,” #Gogyohka

Let's talk more about the Gogyohka syllabic poetry form which uses the 5/7/5/7/7 Tanka line structure. Instead of counting syllables we write in phrases consisting of one spoken breath. I can hear you all now... how can this form fit into the syllabic category if we don't count the syllables? The Gogyohka form by Enta … Continue reading “Love is,” #Gogyohka

Parental Trials, #Senryu & Reading Winning Poetry

I wanted to share more about the differences between Haiku and Senryu, but first... The other day I read this post: World Haiku Series 2019 (42) Haiku by Ed Bremson. The Haiku/Senryu/Hybrid Haiku-Senryu poetry contained in the post is spectacular. These are poems that have won awards in different contests. Click the links and have a … Continue reading Parental Trials, #Senryu & Reading Winning Poetry

Special Delivery ~ #flashfiction

The Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction prompt for January 30, 2020: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story about a postal carrier in an extreme situation. Even if you base your story on a true one, focus on the core trait of this postal carrier. Go where the prompt leads! Respond by February … Continue reading Special Delivery ~ #flashfiction