Day Eight: 12/13/22 Yule Blessings Book Tour

Welcome to Day Eight of the Fairies, Myths, & Magic II Book Tour!

For Your Enjoyment:

* I’ll share a review of my favorite book from my host’s list.

* Something from or about Fairies, Myths, & Magic II (follow the link below).

Please leave a comment on my hosts’ sites, and your name will be entered into a drawing for a $15 gift certificate.

Come back daily to to find the links to my host’s blogs. This book tour runs from December 1 – December 16, 2022.

🎄 Day Eight: Off we go! 🎄

Annette Rochelle Aben’s Blog

About the host:

Annette and I live in Michigan—she’s in the Detroit area, and I’m in East Lansing. We met years ago on the blogs where we bonded over our love of haiku, senryu, and tanka poetry. She’s an avid supporter of my #TankaTuesday poetry challenge.

Here is a triple Abhanga poem called “Prom-ises” which was published in Word Weaving No. 1: The Moon of Autumn poetry journal available on

and we wore satin gowns
the kind that hugged our skin
courted temptation's sin
embraced our youth

and flowers on our wrists
we flew into the night
ignoring wrong from right
all cares aside

and the Harvest moon knew
our secrets and our fears
we hid our nervous tears
we slow danced

© Annette Rochelle Aben

As you can see, Annette is also an accomplished poet. She has published quite a few books of poetry. Her about page says: “Most of my life, like since I have been old enough to hold a writing implement, I have loved writing. Other than school assignments, I chose poetry as my favorite way of expressing myself. Fast forward to and through my adulthood, I have done a lot of writing for work in radio, television, and newspapers.”

Think Tanka: Vision in Verse by Annette Rochelle Aben

My Recommendation: When it comes to Japanese poetry, the tanka is one of my favorite forms to read. What I enjoyed most about “Think Tanka” is the author’s wordplay. The poetry resonates with her views of the human condition, which she touches on with humor, wisdom, and love. It was exciting to interpret the world through her eyes.

I enjoy multi-layered tanka poetry filled with meaning. Aben does not disappoint.

The tanka called “Aw Some” is chock full of inspiration:

May there always be
One bright moment in your day
To bring light your way
Hold that vision in your head
Where you can always find it

Aben, Annette Rochelle. Think Tanka: vision in verse (p. 4). Kindle Edition.

This humorous tanka named “Praise & Excite” left me chuckling to myself for hours:

She’d receive applause
Many found her delightful
Others were annoyed
Not everyone pulls it off
Juggling chainsaws while naked

Aben, Annette Rochelle. Think Tanka: vision in verse (pp. 38-39). Kindle Edition.

I loved the creativity of this tanka about the author:

Thinks in syllables
Counts them out on her fingers
Then, counts them again
Everything inspires her
She may write about you, next

Aben, Annette Rochelle. Think Tanka: vision in verse (p. 53). Kindle Edition.

I devoured this book in one afternoon. Later, I returned to savor my favorites. This delightful read will fill your heart with joy!

Think Tanka: vision in verse on

If you have a chance, head on over to join the Yule Blessings book tour for Fairies, Myths, & Magic II at Annette Rochelle Aben’s blog

🎄Happy Yule!🎄