Lady Agnew’s Prayer, tanka

This week for #TankaTuesday, we're inspired by an ekphrastic prompt of a painting I found on Rebecca Budd's post: PORTRAIT OF LADY AGNEW OF LOCHNAW BY JOHN SINGER SARGENT on her Chasing Art blog. Portrait of Lady Agnew of Lochnaw (1865-1932) by John Singer Sargent, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons dear Holy Mother hear my most humble… Continue reading Lady Agnew’s Prayer, tanka

#TankaTuesday, Spring or Winter?

For this week's #TankaTuesday challenge we're playing with snyonyms: change & grow are the words. I used metamorphosis for change and rise for grow. I've written a chōka, with the accompaning hanka (a tanka). A nine line chōka is written as 5-7-5-7-5-7-5-7-7 and the tanka is written in the first person as 5-7-5-7-7. Photo by… Continue reading #TankaTuesday, Spring or Winter?

The Gloaming, tanka

This week for #TankaTuesday, I asked Terri Webster Schrandt to share a photo from her collection for our poetic inspiration. What a beautiful scene! Read the challenge post HERE. This year, I'm working on improving the imagery in my poetry. My goal is to eliminate wording that sounds like sentences in my syllabic poetry. Good… Continue reading The Gloaming, tanka

Song of Freedom, tanka

I'm so late writing my poem this week for #TankaTuesday. David selected the photo. I looked for these Ukrainian figurines on Amazon, but couldn't find the singing choir depicted below. I found some Ukranian dolls (similar to Russian nesting dolls) which are really cute. “Ukrainian Figurines” by Kirill Shevchenko (Groder) Image by Кирилл Шевченко from Pixabay prayers to our… Continue reading Song of Freedom, tanka

Twisted tanka

Chel Owens' Terrible Poetry Contest was just the perfect bit of fun I needed to get my creative juices flowing! Chel says you can learn how to write terrible poetry HERE. The form is a tanka which is usually written in the 5-7-5-7-7 syllable count. Tanka shouldn't rhyme, and we should write them from the… Continue reading Twisted tanka

“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

Daily Tanka 11/15/2021

metallic sky clouds November's seasoned pallor, gold leaves surrender stained imprints on the sidewalk, fossils of the past summer © Colleen M. Chesebro

#TankaTuesday: Kindness

This week's #TankaTuesday challenge brought us the wonderful theme of "kindness" chosen by Harmony Kent. I couldn't help myself... I had to give her a nod within my tanka. Harmony's personality overflows with kindness, so it's well deserved. ❤ in our daily life kindness remedies hatred with a simple smile between friends or foe—heal all… Continue reading #TankaTuesday: Kindness

#TankaTuesday – Mabon Dreams, #tanka #prose

Image by Lolame from Pixabay The smell of wet leaves and dew always reminds me that the Autumnal Equinox or Mabon is not far away. The days are now divided equally between day and night. It's a time to give thanks to the waning sunlight. This is a time of balance when I enjoy the… Continue reading #TankaTuesday – Mabon Dreams, #tanka #prose

“Summer’s End,” #tankaprose #TankaTuesday

Our Tanka Tuesday challenge this week is to write some tanka prose. We typically write tanka prose in the 5-7-5-7-7 or a s/l/s/l/l five-line syllabic structure. Tanka prose should contain a title. There is one basic requirement in writing tanka prose: one paragraph, and one tanka. There are two basic forms in classic tanka prose:… Continue reading “Summer’s End,” #tankaprose #TankaTuesday