“The House of the Soul,” butterfly cinquain, #TankaTuesday #PhotoPrompt

Picture credit: Britta Benson. This photograph was taken inside St. Cecilia’s Church (built in 1739), Heusenstamm, Germany.  I know a few of you were upset by this image. So, let's gain some perspective on this sculpture. Britta Benson says: "These skulls are at the bottom of a memorial plaque in the interior of the church. Just… Continue reading “The House of the Soul,” butterfly cinquain, #TankaTuesday #PhotoPrompt

“At the Top of the World,” shadorma sequence

at the top of the world, white clouds kiss the sky winds exhale the soft breath of the goddess— Gaia rests at the top of the world, heaven meets the earth at center 'tween stars and moon, darkness falls— Spirit calls at the top of the world—rebirth! Gilgul spins in search of the highest form… Continue reading “At the Top of the World,” shadorma sequence

#TankaTuesday #Ekphrastic Poetry

Merril D. Smith selected a Lithograph for this week's Ekphrastic challenge. The history behind the image is interesting. It's called, "Visitor to German Town." Created in 1935, the image conjures the past and the present. Notes: Following the ravages of the Great Depression in the 1930s, a growing number of homeowners were forced out of… Continue reading #TankaTuesday #Ekphrastic Poetry

#TankaTuesday: #PhotoPrompt – haiku

It's the hottest it's been in Michigan this summer. When I walk in the morning, I can smell Autumn right around the corner. Cheryl picked out the best photo for our challenge this week. Timeanddate.com shares: The Perseids are one of the brighter meteor showers of the year. They occur every year between July 17… Continue reading #TankaTuesday: #PhotoPrompt – haiku

“The Dryad,” #haiku

D. L. (Denise) Finn shared the image for this week's poetry challenge: Image credit: D. L. Finn I wrote a few haiku (not really a series) staying true to the rules of including a kigo (season word) and the pivot. I love the ethereal quality to this photo. There is plenty of magic to inspire… Continue reading “The Dryad,” #haiku

“At the Precipice,” #BadgerHexastich, #PhotoPrompt

This week, the Tanka Tuesday Ekphrastic poetry challenge asked us to write our poetry using the psychology of color. We can take the image at face value, or choose a specific color in the rainbow umbrella to write about, or we can write about the lack of color. However, we interpret this image is up… Continue reading “At the Precipice,” #BadgerHexastich, #PhotoPrompt

“You Can’t Go Home Again,” #Senryu

Aishwarya, from Kitty's Verses, picked an excellent photo for this month's photo prompt. There is so much to write about. I chose to write a senryu this week. Senryu are untitled, but for this challenge we use titles to keep our posts straight. I don't know... this photo haunted me. There with so many poetic… Continue reading “You Can’t Go Home Again,” #Senryu

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

“Promises,” #Gogyoka

Thanks to Ken Gierke, I've added the Gogyoka in English to our syllabic poetry forms, bringing the count up to ten. The Gogyoka (pronounced go-gee-yoh-kuh) form is a five-line Japanese form with no restriction on length. Created by Enta Kusakabe in 1983, there are five rules: Gogyohka is a new form of short poem that… Continue reading “Promises,” #Gogyoka

“Disappearing,” #Tanka #Prose

The image is from Pixabay, by Michael Seibt Diana Peach sure picked a doozy of an image for us to work with for our photo challenge this week. I thought long and hard. I kept zeroing in on the poppy and the snake. There was a story there, and I had to tell it. I… Continue reading “Disappearing,” #Tanka #Prose