Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Tuesday… #Poetry

#TANKA TUESDAY #POETRY CHALLENGE NO. 215, #POET’SCHOICE

Don’t
You know
Tomorrows
Ghosts looking back
They forgot to say
Of yesterday’s best play
Had fallen short of screaming
Looking now to send chills down spines
Beware of ghosts that see tomorrows
Fear that lives under beds, behind curtains…

© Anita Dawes 2021

Colleen’s Weekly #Poetry Challenge…

#TANKA TUESDAY #POETRY CHALLENGE NO. 212 #SYNONYMSONLY

WELCOME TO TANKA TUESDAY!

This week, Word Crafters, Colleen has selected the words to get us going. These words are opposites with many synonym possibilities:

Loose & Tight

Free
Floating
Fast talking
Careless whispers
Stiff lipped misery
My life undone by spite.
Given back by helping hands.
I sit relaxed in sloppy joes.
My thoughts find a happy place to go.
No more narrow pathways do I need walk…

© Anita Dawes 2021

Colleen’s Weekly #Poetry Challenge…

#TANKA TUESDAY #POETRY CHALLENGE NO. 211, #Abhanga, or #PoetsChoice

WELCOME TO TANKA TUESDAY!

Anita Dawes Crazy Etheree

Stone monsters’ gargoyles smiles.
Night that never ends.
Slow morning light
Wrinkled sheets
Cold hands
Touch
Pale
Thinking
Brain cracking
Storm clouds calling
Rainfall flood warning
Small dark gargoyle smiling
War in heaven raging
Stone monsters waiting
Armour plated
army waits.
Biting
Souls
Black
Magic
makes its stand.
There to take all.
Heavens light has more
War raging until dawn…

© Anita Dawes 2021

#TANKA TUESDAY #POETRY CHALLENGE NO. 210 #SYNONYMSONLY

This week, the words for the synonyms only challenge are

PAST & PRESENT


Slow
Summer
Days are gone.
Now we have snow.
Hungry birds to feed.
small footprints left behind.
Visiting cats passing through
I have turned into Sherlock Holmes
Leaving my prints behind as I go
As I search for the abominable snowman…

© Anita Dawes 2021

Image by Sandra_M_H from Pixabay

Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge…

#TANKA TUESDAY #POETRY CHALLENGE NO. 209, #POET’SCHOICE

Image by Pixabay.com

It
was late.
the night dark.
Starlit moonbeams
Dance between the leaves
They held each other tight.
Whispering their words of love
The changing light tore them apart.
They ran for home, hot breath following.
Their night of forbidden love marked their backs…

© Anita Dawes 2021

Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Tuesday Challenge ~ #Poetry

Colleen M. Chesebro

#TANKA TUESDAY Weekly #POETRY CHALLENGE NO. 209, Last challenge of 2020

For the LAST poetry challenge of 2020, Colleen wants us to write a poem about hope, using our favorite poetry form (it doesn’t have to be syllabic). Please make these poems inspirational to others.

I
believe
In daydreams
The beauty there
Shifting colours blend
Desire born from wishing
Faith stronger than an oak tree
Promises written on rainbows
Endurance, fortunes fancy fulfilled
Through optimism came the great desire…

© anita dawes 2020

Colleen’s Weekly #Poetry Challenge…

WEEKLY #TANKA TUESDAY #POETRY CHALLENGE NO. 203. #EKPHRASTIC #PHOTOPROMPT

It’s the third week of the month! Time for an Ekphrastic #PhotoPrompt

This challenge explores Ekphrastic writing inspired by visual art (photographs). I’ve selected an image for this week’s challenge.

I’ve always loved watercolors. There is something special that speaks to me from the muted and surreal colors and brush strokes. I especially connect with scenic images featuring humans and wildlife—especially birds! Write your syllabic poetry based on the image below.

Image by Barbara A Lane from Pixabay

Time
Shifting
Sand blowing
Hidden secrets
Two minds whispering
Of highland days gone by
My wild red hair dancing free
Pale shadows watching from behind
Time reflecting, dreams broken by hope
Black wings tell of a time lost secrets buried…

© anita dawes 2020

Colleen has set us an extra interesting challenge this week

If you want to be creative and feel up to an additional challenge, respond to Colleen’s renga with your own two, seven-syllable lines. A renga is a cooperative poem, written by two or more poets.

Colleen has written the hokku (haiku portion in 5/7/5). Your response to the hokku is the wakiku: two seven-syllable lines that connect with the interaction between the different links.

We must remember, our renga stanza will link and shift. It will NOT tell a sequential story. Review the renga on the cheatsheet link below to refresh your memory.

Here is Colleen’s hokku:

hazy reflections—
crows gather to remember
the gifts of summer

After much deliberation (and arguments) we have managed to come up with the last two lines for Colleen’s hokku…

Pyramids built on hot sands

Dream reflections of lost time…

® anita dawes 2020