Wednesday, May 11, 2022
#TankaTuesday #Poetry Challenge #SpecificForm #ButterflyCinquain @ColleenChesebro #poetry #writingcommunity #poetrycommunity #poems #diversity #travel #explore #spices
Tuesday, May 10, 2022
Hello, beautiful readers! Today, I'm being featured as part of Valentina Cirasola's Spring, Beauty, and Books series! While you're there, check out her beautiful site. I'd love it if you could leave a comment and show her (and me) some support. Thanks! :-)
Wednesday, May 4, 2022
#TankaTuesday #Poetry Challenge #TastetheRainbow #ButterflyCinquain @ColleenChesebro #poetry #writingcommunity #poetrycommunity #poems
Saturday, April 30, 2022
#TankaTuesday #Poetry Challenge #ThemePrompt #Choka #Tanka @ColleenChesebro #poetry #writingcommunity #poetrycommunity #poems #themes
Even though it was my theme, it took me a while to sit down and allow the words to flow onto a page. Since the pandemic began, I've found myself on a journey of healing and growth. Part of that journey has been about shifting perspectives. For as long as I can remember, I've had a strong negative inner voice. I used to try to suppress and ignore her, which only made her stronger. So, now I listen and then offer myself a new way of seeing things. It isn't always easy, but I'm celebrating my successes. So, I chose to focus on the beginnings that come after the endings.
This week, I tried my hand at a choka poem. In her poetry cheat sheet, Colleen explains that a choka uses couplets of an alternating 5-7 syllabic pattern with the last two lines having seven syllables each. She also explains that they were followed by a shorter poem called a hanka. For my hanka, I've added a tanka poem. Enjoy! :-)
Mother Nature sheds
old skin and begins again
each and every spring
after sunset comes sunrise
new moons bring full moons
raging fires foster growth
matter finds a way
nothing is gone forever
even love will be reborn
how do you see it?
perspective is everything
one must choose whether
to focus on loss and grieve
or to celebrate the new
Friday, April 22, 2022
#TankaTuesday Weekly Poetry Challenge #EkphrasticPoetry #poems #poetry #PhotoPrompt #Tanka #dolphins @SyllabicPoetry @ColleenChesebro
Tuesday, April 12, 2022
#TankaTuesday Weekly Poetry Challenge #SpecificForm #TankaProse @SyllabicPoetry @ColleenChesebro #trackandfield #athletes #perseverance #race #races
Hello, beautiful readers! Today's #TankaTuesday Weekly Poetry Challenge is all about the Tanka prose. This format includes a prose paragraph and a Tanka poem with the syllabic pattern of 5-7-5-7-7. You can learn more about it here.
I decided to write about my son's athleticism. He has been playing sports since he was three years old. He started with peewee soccer and t-ball. He played soccer for three years and baseball for nine years before moving on to flag football, which he played for six years. This year, he joined his school's track team and will begin tackle football in a few weeks. He was born to play sports. In fact, 23-and-Me says he has the muscle composition of elite athletes (a fact he's quite proud of...lol!). Recently, he pulled his groin in an event, but that isn't keeping him from pushing himself to be his best. So, this poem is for him.
I stretch my fingers across the track, placing them perfectly along the starting line. My spikes wait restlessly, eager to tear up the synthetic rubber digging into my knee. The official calls for us to ready ourselves. Every muscle is taut; electrical impulses race through my veins waiting to explode. The blast from the gun ricochets off the stands, but it's already a distant memory because my body and mind are hyper focused on the lane in front of me. They have one singular desire - cross the winning line first.
carries me past opponents
until my groin pulls
I won't give up - I'll prevail
perseverance breeds winners
Have you ever played sports? I'd love to hear from you in the comments below.
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Thursday, April 7, 2022
#TankaTuesday Weekly Poetry Challenge #TastetheRainbow #ColorPoetry @SyllabicPoetry @ColleenChesebro #Inchworm #gray #poetry #poems #poetrycommunity
Sunday, April 3, 2022
#TankaTuesday #Poetry Challenge #ShareYourDay #haiku #fire #campfire @ColleenChesebro @WestgateRanch
Hi, beautiful readers! Colleen Chesebro's #TankaTuesday poetry challenge for this past week asked us to share a photo we have taken and write a syllabic poem. It's been a busy week for me, so I'm just getting around to this. I decided to share a picture (and video) from last weekend's camping trip.
My sister and I love to take our kids (now teens) tent camping twice a year. It's a time for us to reset and rejuvenate our souls, get the kids to detach from technology, and just enjoy nature and family for a bit. We tend to go to state parks, but this time, we went to Westgate River Ranch. They have a ton of great activities like skeet shooting, an Escape Room, a rodeo, horseback riding, archery, swamp buggy rides, and a jungle queen ride. There are plenty of ways to glamp (glamorous camping) on site, but we prefer our tents.
We tend to spend the day bike riding. This past trip, we rode bikes for 12 miles on Saturday and around 8 miles on Sunday. The boys enjoyed some basketball time, and we all played card games. But at the end of the day, we love to sit around a fire, make s'mores, and enjoy the calmness of the night.
And that leads me to my poem for this week's challenge. I chose to write a haiku, using a 5-7-5 pattern.
flames crackle, flicker
capable of destroying
provides warmth instead
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Saturday, April 2, 2022
AllAuthor Cover of the Month Contest #bookcover #bookcovercontest #allauthor @YvetteMCalleiro #RRBC #RWISA
Hi, beautiful readers! I'm excited to share with you that the cover of HYPE was selected by AllAuthor to be a part of their Cover of the Month contest for April 2022. There are four different rounds of voting. The first round has already started and lasts until April 7th. I'd love for you to show some love to HYPE's cover by voting and sharing it with everyone you know. Click here to vote! And thank you for helping me out! :-)