#TankaTuesday: #SynonymnsOnly for sanctuary & follow

This week’s TankaTuesday poetry challenge is synonyms only, using the words sanctuary and follow. I wrote a tanka using the word ‘sanctum’ for sanctuary, and ‘reflect’ for follow. my inner sanctum— a space for contemplation psychic solitude, where whispered prayers sent skyward, reflect all good intentions © 2021 Colleen M. Chesebro Life is always anContinue reading “#TankaTuesday: #SynonymnsOnly for sanctuary & follow”

#solo-renga, #haiku, #tanka

For Frank Tassone’s challenge, I used the kigo “midsummer rain” for challenge #195 to write a solo renga: midsummer rain flows rivulets run down the street rainbow slicks glisten the heady scent of wet earth moisture adds a second skin © 2021 Colleen M. Chesebro For challenge #196, “summer moon (natsu no tsuki) / StrawberryContinue reading “#solo-renga, #haiku, #tanka”

“New Beginnings,” #flashfiction

June 10, 2021, Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction Challenge: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story about a new way to office. Has the office changed? Can we return to normal after big changes or time away? Go where the prompt leads! Respond by June 15, 2021. “New Beginnings” “Hello, Judith? Gather theContinue reading ““New Beginnings,” #flashfiction”

“Day Dreams,” #tanka

The Tanka Tuesday poetry challenge asked us to write about “dreams” this week. I wrote a tanka poem: Day Dreams blue sky, cloud watching under the green canopy, opaque day dreams build poetry and story plots, fashioning magical worlds ©2021 Colleen M. Chesebro The tanka is one of the most popular forms in our challenge.Continue reading ““Day Dreams,” #tanka”

“The Rebirth,” #Tanka

The Tanka Tuesday #PhotoPrompt challenge for this week explores Ekphrastic writing inspired by visual art (photographs). Diana Peach from last month’s challenge has provided the photo for this month’s challenge, seen above. “The Rebirth,” #Tanka the forest’s womb holds my reflection in limbo— grief cleanses my soul saying goodbye, my tears fall another rebirth awaits ©2020 Colleen M. ChesebroContinue reading ““The Rebirth,” #Tanka”

Harvest Moon Magic, #Tanka

I’m combining challenges this week because there never seems to be enough time to get everything done. How many of you feel the same way? Anyway, Frank J. Tassone’s Haikai challenge asks us to use the Harvest Moon (meigetsu) in the haikai poem of our choice (haiku, senryu, haibun, tanka, haiga, renga. My challenge asksContinue reading “Harvest Moon Magic, #Tanka”

My Conundrum, #Gogyohka

This week for the poetry challenge,  Linda Lee Lyberg selected some interesting synonyms: nimble, for which I used the word lithe; and for the word enigma, I used the word, crux. First, how has your week gone? I’ve had a week of false starts, computer issues, WiFi and phone problems, miscellaneous errands, and other crazyContinue reading “My Conundrum, #Gogyohka”

The Goddess, Freyja – A #Tanka

Merril D. Smith shared a quote from William Shakespeare and The Merchant of Venice, for this week’s poetry challenge. “How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed in a weary world.” ― William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice We’ve had a few big happenings in our little house in the desert.Continue reading “The Goddess, Freyja – A #Tanka”

“Disappearing,” #Tanka #Prose

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 imagined a woman in the late 1800s abusedContinue reading ““Disappearing,” #Tanka #Prose”

“Monsoon Madness,” A #Haibun #Tanka

The challenge words for this week’s poetry challenge are “character and wild.” I used tempestuous for character, and howling for wild. Here in Arizona, the weather forecasters speak of “the monsoon season” and the destruction it sometimes wrecks across Phoenix and Maricopa County. “Not to worry,” I said. We’ve lived through blizzards, sub-zero temperatures, hurricanes,Continue reading ““Monsoon Madness,” A #Haibun #Tanka”