Colleen’s 2019 #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge Recap No. 122, Poet’s Choice of Words

It is time for the recap of the submissions for Colleen Chesebro’s poetry competition… I have included the poet of the week’s entry as it is a beautiful testament to love…. If you follow the link at the bottom you can read all the other entries this week, including mine… thanks Sally

Welcome to the Tanka Tuesday Poetry Recap featuring the work of poets from around the globe. If you would like to participate in this challenge, you can learn the rules in the menu item called Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Tuesday Guidelines.

PLEASE NOTE: Don’t forget to count your syllables. Use this site: Click on the workshop tab. Then, copy and paste your poem into the box, and click “count syllables” at the bottom.

One thing I will need your help with is the images containing your Haiga poetry. My intent was to add your images to the Recap. The ones that I could, I’ve added. If you see (#Haiga) and there is no image, you must click on the link and visit the poet’s website to get the true impact of their poetry. If possible, make your image accessible, so that I can just do a quick “save as” to grab your Haiga. Thanks.

AND… if the form on the challenge post (DID you hit submit?) doesn’t seem to be working, PLEASE email your poetry to me at This post takes around 4 hours to complete and it’s difficult to search for your work. Thank you. ❤

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.

Poet of the Week for Feb 4 – Feb 10: Ken Gierke, Rirvrlogr

This week, I’ve chosen Ken Gierke from his blog, Rivrvlogr as the Poet of the Week, for his combined poem (a nonet, a tanka, and a senryū) called, “Love.” Remember Haiku is about nature and when we write about love and relationships those poems fall into the Senryu category, as Ken illustrates.

I chose this poem because I’m smitten with the idea of combining syllabic poetry forms. I like the idea of three, but you could create as many as you needed to tell a story or get your point across. Each of these poems stand well on their own. However, when you combine the forms… Wow! There’s such a great impact.

If you choose to try this method, (Merril Smith tried it), make sure you select one subject. You could have as many parts to that subject, as stanzas but just make sure your message flows.


Understanding grows in words spoken
between kindred souls as eyes meet
in a shared spark ignited.
No simple chemistry
explains emotions
consuming them,
the sheer joy
as hearts

that heady perfume
permeating my senses
washing over me in waves
keeping me afloat with love

heartbeat so simple
its rhythm measuring love
your presence the source
©2019 Ken Gierke


Please head over and enjoy.. thanks Sally


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