Smorgasbord Poetry – Colleen Chesebro Tuesday #Tanka Challenge – In touch with the earth by Sally Cronin

This is my response to this week’s Colleen’s Tuesday Poetry Challenge 134 and this week I have responded with a Tanka…

Tanka – In touch with the earth by Sally Cronin

My bare feet planted
deep in the rich soil beneath,
I feel the power
from the deep core of our earth,
rising into my body.

© Sally Cronin 2019

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If you would like to participate in this week’s challenge you have until Sunday :

Smorgasbord Poetry – #Tanka for Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 108, “Afraid & Grave,” #SynonymsOnly

This week being Halloween, Colleen Chesebro Poetry Challenge no. 108 has two words Afraid and Grave that we find #synonyms for to use in a Haiku, Tanka, Etheree etc.


Hi! I’m glad to see you here. Are you ready to write some syllabic poetry?
HERE’S THE CATCH: You can’t use the prompt words! SYNONYMS ONLY! Except for the first challenge of the month ~ then, the poets get to choose their own words. ❤

I hope you will support the other poets with visits to blogs and leaving comments. Sharing each other’s work on social media is always nice too.

PLEASE NOTE: This challenge is for Tanka, Haiku, Senryu, Haibun, and Cinquain, and Etheree poetry forms. Freestyle rhyming poetry is not part of this challenge. Thank you. ❤

This week I thought I would try my hand at a Tanka since it is not a form I have used before. I will need to explore further but here is my effort.

If you would like to participate in this week’s challenge you can find all the details in Colleen’s very informative and helpful post… a word of warning.. it becomes addictive:


You will also find notes on how to form a Tanka on another of Colleen’s pages:



Smorgasbord Poetry – Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No 107 #Etheree

It is that time of the week when we are challenged by Colleen Chesebro to muster our syllables into various lines of poetry in the style of Tanka, Haiku, Senryu and Etheree…This week the challenge is  to find synonyms for ‘Haunt and Spell’ – Colleen Chesebro Tuesday Poetry Challenge 107

Here is my Etheree with synonyms  for the challenge ‘Possess and Curse’

How you can participate..


For Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge, you can write your poem in one of the forms defined below but do head over to find out exactly what you need to submit.

HAIKU IN ENGLISH 5/7/5 syllable structure. A Haiku is written about seasonal changes, nature, and change in general.

TANKA IN ENGLISH 5/7/5/7/7 syllable structure. Your Tanka will consist of five lines written in the first-person point of view. This is important because the poem should be written from the perspective of the poet.

HAIBUN IN ENGLISH Every Haibun must begin with a title. Haibun prose is composed of short, descriptive paragraphs, written in the first-person singular.

The text unfolds in the present moment, as though the experience is occurring now rather than yesterday or some time ago. In keeping with the simplicity of the accompanying haiku or tanka poem, all unnecessary words should be pared down or removed. Nothing must ever be overstated.

The poetry never tries to repeat, quote, or explain the prose. Instead, the poetry reflects some aspect of the prose by introducing a different step in the narrative through a microburst of detail. Thus, the poetry is a sort of juxtaposition – different yet somehow connected.

Etheree The Etheree poem consists of ten lines of 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 syllables. Etheree can also be reversed and written 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. The trick is to create a memorable message within the required format. Poets can get creative and write an Etheree with more than one verse, but the idea is to follow suit with an inverted syllable count. Reversed Etheree Syllable Count: 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 Double Etheree Syllable Count: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 10, 9, 8, 7, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1

Cinquain ALSO: Check out the Cinquain variations listed here: Cinquain-Wikipedia These are acceptable methods to use. Please list the form you use so we can learn from you.

Senryu in English 5/7/5 syllable structure. A Senryu is written about love, a personal event, and have IRONY present. Click the link to learn the meaning of irony.

To find out how to participate in this challenge, head over to Colleen’s: Colleen Chesebro Tuesday Poetry Challenge

I hope you have enjoyed my poem and will throw your syllables together too in one of the forms above… have fun. Thanks Sally.