Smorgasbord Poetry – Colleen Chesebro’s Tanka Tuesday Weekly Challenge -#Etheree – Pilgrimage by Sally Cronin

In this week’s Word Craft Tanka Tuesday Weekly Poetry Challenge  Colleen Chesebro has selected the prompt words ‘Sanctuary and Follow’ and I have chosen the synonyms ‘Temple and Pursue’ for my reverse Etheree.


Pilgrims travel ancient well trodden paths
stopping at temples along the way
to refresh body, mind and soul.
It is not an easy road
seeking enlightenment
enduring hardships
on this journey
to pursue
a life’s

©Sally Cronin 2021

There is still time to participate in this week’s challenge: Word Craft Tanka Tuesday Weekly Poetry Challenge

My latest book is a collection of poetry and was published on July 19th 2021 and here is a recent review.

One of the recent reviews for the collection

Terry Tyler 5.0 out of 5 stars Just perfect  Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 8 August 2021

I am somewhat blown away by this book – it’s a work of art.

The first part is a series of pictures – art, landscape, animals, birds, the fantastical, abstract, flowers, random objects, all sorts – each coupled with a short piece of free verse. The poems are so clever, often just a few lines that encapsulate an idea, convey a piece of ponder-worthy wisdom or paint a story in a flash-fiction fashion. It’s a delight from start to finish. I believe Sally Cronin is producing hardbacks in the not too distant future; I will be purchasing several for presents. And one for myself 🙂

Some of my favourites are astute comments on the darker side of the life we live now – notable are Scepticism, Westward-Two and The Future?. Another repeated theme is that of ageing – I love Ageism and the last verse of Birthdays, in particular. I name Ageism and Scepticism as joint winners!

The lovely Spices takes us into the second part, which consists of longer poems about Sally’s life. My favourite of these is The Lure of the Waltzer, which made me think of my early teenage years. The book is so perfectly presented; in an ideal world, the hardback ought to be on display in high street shops at Christmas with all those ‘little books of wisdom’ type publications; it’s better than most I’ve seen!

You can find all my books and buy links: Sally’s Books and Reviews 2021


Thanks for dropping by and I hope you have enjoyed the poem.. thanks Sally.




35 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Poetry – Colleen Chesebro’s Tanka Tuesday Weekly Challenge -#Etheree – Pilgrimage by Sally Cronin

  1. I love your Etheree, Sally. Seems like most of my life has been a pilgrimage and you’ve beautifully captured that search. 💗

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  2. Congratulation on the review, Sally! I know Terry has excellent taste (and she is a great writer, as we both know), so it’s a compliment indeed. And thanks for sharing your poem. Colleen’s challenges gather a lot of talent.

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