Colleen’s 2019 #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge Recap No. 118, “Begin & Fresh,” #SynonymsOnly

It is Monday and Colleen Chesebro is sharing the responses to last week’s poetry challenge… there is a new submission process and I missed a bit in my last two efforts…. so do read again carefully (note to self). This is a wonderful writing exercise, and a lot of fun. Some amazing poetry for you if you follow the link below.

Including the poet of the week with a stunning nonet – very clever by Linda Lee Lyberg.

Each week, I like to highlight a poet who I call the Poet of the Week, who has shared an exceptional message, or shown an impassioned creativity through words or form. Poetry is all about perception, so don’t be shocked if you don’t feel the same way about a poem that I do.

The Poet of the Week will be published in the 2019 Poet of the Week Anthology, which everyone will be able to grab as a PDF in January 2020.

I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed all of your uplifting poetry this week. You’re really making it hard to choose a single poem to spotlight.

This week, I’ve chosen Linda Lee Lyberg, and her Nonet/Reverse Nonet, called, A New Beginning.

This Nonet stood out to me because of Linda’s use of words that did more “showing” and not so much telling. The descriptive words enhance the poem’s theme.

Notice how easily she transitions from one Nonet to the other? The first stanza talks about the past, where the second stanza leads you to the present. The syllable count along with word choice make the words roll off your tongue.

That is called “Phonaesthetics, which derives from two Greek word parts that mean “voice-sound” and “aesthetics.” Euphony is used most commonly to describe the pleasing, agreeable sound effect of poetry.” (

A New Beginning
Colorful start to a bright new year
As the rose red sun kisses the
Horizon, wispy clouds dance
A chance to create a 
Dazzling beginning
Forget the past
Let it go.
Bask in
In thrilling
Creations of
Magical moments
Wondrous revelations
Living in the here and now
Savoring life to the fullest
Grateful for all your precious blessings.
©2019 Linda Lee Lyberg


via Colleen’s 2019 #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge Recap No. 118, “Begin & Fresh,” #SynonymsOnly

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