Senryu: Memories-Sweet & Sour

The theme for #TankaTuesday this week is memories: sweet & sour. Here is my senryu series. Photo by Elina Sazonova on a full glass of wine uncorks old fantasies of him the sweetness of watermelon— memories Parkinsons— shaky endings of memory © Colleen M. Chesebro

The Wish I Made, #FlashFiction

The Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story about “the wish I made.” Whose wish is it and how does it fit into the story? What kind of wish? Go where the prompt leads! Submit by January 29, 2022. “It was the silliest thing I could have … Continue reading The Wish I Made, #FlashFiction

“The Woman in Red,” tanka, senryu, Abhanga

The Crystal Ball is a charming painting from John William Waterhouse which features a plethora of influences from Renaissance architecture to British Pre-Raphaelites like Dante Gabriel Rossetti, William Holman Hunt and John Everett Millais. ~ via John William Waterhouse This week's #TankaTuesday poetry challenge is an Ekphrastic challenge. Read the post HERE. It thrilled me … Continue reading “The Woman in Red,” tanka, senryu, Abhanga

“Snow Blind,” senryu vs haiku

Photo by Margerretta on luminous sunshine snow reflections sparkle... I'm blind as a bat © Colleen M. Chesebro While haiku are often stark and disciplined, senryu poems are often witty or funny. The senryu is a three-line (5-7-5, 3-5-3, 2-3-2 syllable) Japanese poetic form that focuses on human nature, including an ironic or darkly … Continue reading “Snow Blind,” senryu vs haiku


I love haiku. They are one of my favorite syllabic forms to write. This haiku is written for #TankaTuesday and the specific form challenge. Haiku are written about nature, the seasons, a beautiful moment in nature, an emotional experience while in nature, or change. In haiku, your subject will always be about nature. The use … Continue reading Haiku

The TBR Pile

Image by Pexels from Pixabay "How many books do you have loaded on your Kindle?" asked Laurie. "Last time I checked, I had 654 books on my Kindle," I answered. My accountant's brain mentally tabulated how many books I owned and approximately how much they had all cost. I gulped. That's a lot of money … Continue reading The TBR Pile

“A New Year – 2022,” haibun #TankaTuesday

Photo by Dan Hamill on The harsh winds of January howl through the community. My neighbor's wind chimes sound the alarm. Trees shiver off a layer of hoarfrost from the freezing rain that fell the night before. Reflective shards that look like broken glass litter the slushy street. Juncos flit through the branches of … Continue reading “A New Year – 2022,” haibun #TankaTuesday