“Lessons From Nature,” senryu

Sarah selected the theme of "Lessons from Nature" for this week's #TankaTuesday theme prompt. The other morning, as I stood by the back door drinking coffee... I spied an animal I've never encountered before. Hey! I'm a city girl. What can I say? My neighbors have dogs, so I sent out an alert in our… Continue reading “Lessons From Nature,” senryu


Sophie, my writing muse ❤ Okay, I've finally found a theme that works for me. Whew! WP definitely upgraded the editor again, because everything looks different in the post template. I also had to change my browser to Chrome. Not my favorite, but everything seems to be working on WP. Fingers Crossed!! Many thanks to… Continue reading #ShareYourDay

Senryu: Memories-Sweet & Sour

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

“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 Pexels.com 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


This week for Tanka Tuesday, we're working on crafting meaningful haiku and senryu. Senryu in English focus on the awkward moments in life making the human, not the world around them, the subject. First in 5-7-5: Parkinson's disease— the shaky termination of old memories ©2021 Colleen M. Chesebro Next in 3-5-3: Parkinsons disease— the shaky… Continue reading #Senryu

Haiku & Senryu

Many thanks to Frank for hosting this challenge. This week, Frank J. Tassone's Haikai Challenge is a Spring Trinity Challenge: DateKigo2/20remaining snow (zansetsu)2/27Snow moon (Yuki no tsuki)3/6waters warming (mizu nurumu) Write the haikai poem of your choice (haiku, senryu, haibun, tanka, haiga, renga, etc.) that allude to any of these kigo . Here’s how the… Continue reading Haiku & Senryu

“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

The Fear of Running Out of Wine (TFOROOW), #Senryu

I've been busy with my house painting and thought it was time I checked in with everyone. We're about half-way through our painting endeavor. We're pretty exhausted at this point. The good thing is that we've kept our ourselves busy while playing 60s, 70s, and 80s hits on Pandora Radio to make our work go… Continue reading The Fear of Running Out of Wine (TFOROOW), #Senryu

“The Circle of Life” #Senryu

This week for our poetry challenge, I chose the theme, "the circle of life." On Monday, I'll reblog someone's poem and offer them the opportunity to choose the theme for next month. I like the idea of more participation and choice by the challenge participants. This should be fun! The use of themes is a… Continue reading “The Circle of Life” #Senryu