Water Lily Pond, haiku #TankaTuesday

For #TankaTuesday this week, our words to find synonyms for were: spring & green. I used tender for green, and the word budding for spring. Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com buoyant tender shoots on a water lily pond reflections budding © Colleen M. Chesebro Judy Mastrangelo's inspirational oracle cards, Dream Your Joy, inspired this haiku.

Green Water Runs Deep, Abhanga

This week's #TankaTuesday photo prompt from Terri Webster Schrandt is a beauty! Terri says: “This is a photo of Nine Mile Falls, after which our little community is named.  I captured this last March when the water district let out the water of the Spokane River to create Lake Spokane. When you drive by, the mist… Continue reading Green Water Runs Deep, Abhanga

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?

“Love’s Reply,” modified-Cadralor & senryū

This week for #TankaTuesday, Terri Webster Schrandt, shared a photo for our inspiration. I'm early... This week I have a lot of projects that are calling my name. I'll be around, don't worry. Terri says: “This is a filtered version of a rose I photographed at the International Rose Test Garden in Portland.” I've written a… Continue reading “Love’s Reply,” modified-Cadralor & senryū

Random Thoughts, haibun

The snow, rough and windswept in places, makes my peaceful walk evaporate. At the park, thick ice seals the sky's reflections on the pond, reminding me of the places in my heart where I hide the old draconian memories. Like shadows, I keep those emotions in the dark, so they never take hold. It's time… Continue reading Random Thoughts, haibun

“The Lady of the Snows,” chöka

This week's #TankaTuesday challenge was an Ekphrastic challenge featuring a painting by George Henry Boughton, called The Lady of the Snows. Find the challenge post HERE. Boughton, George Henry; The Lady of the Snows; Walker Art Gallery; http://www.artuk.org/artworks/the-lady-of-the-snows-97671 a covert meeting— she stays for her one truelove fiery passions burn wintery winds rough bluster does naught… Continue reading “The Lady of the Snows,” chöka

Time Marches On, senryū

For #TankaTuesday this week, I thought it would be fun to write senryū. Senryū is a Japanese form similar to haiku: three lines with a s-l-s syllable count up to 17 syllables. Senryū are written about human foibles, while haiku are more nature related. Senryū can be cynical or humorous. This poem makes the human, not the world around them,… Continue reading Time Marches On, senryū

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

Winter’s Folly, mirror cinquain

Happy New Year everybody! It's time for #TankaTuesday. Back by popular demand, our first poetry challenge of 2023 is to write our poem by selecting synonyms for the two words "new & experience." We can't use the two words—synonyms only. Photo by Anton Atanasov on Pexels.com Winter's Folly dewy morning drizzle changes to white snowflakes aimless… Continue reading Winter’s Folly, mirror cinquain