loss seems forever
in darkness beyond desire
new needs awaken
one heart touches another
the beauty of new love born
Starting as a senryū, this tanka is my response to
Colleen’s 2019 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge
No. 135 #SynonymsOnly, which offers pretty and ugly as prompt words.
I have used “beauty” and “darkness” as synonyms.
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hidden behind moon
sun’s light reaching to the stars
With sun and moon as this poet’s choice of words, this haiku is my response to Colleen’s 2019 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge #130. Every week, Colleen offers two key words (or more accurately requests the use of synonyms for those words),
with the exception of the first week of the month, when it’s poet’s choice.
Image: Totality, August 21, 2017, Jefferson City, Missouri
During the eclipse, all birds and insects went eerily silent.
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lone goose taking point
companions keeping abreast
in seasonal flight
Colleen’s 2019 Weekly #Tanka Challenge #Poetry Challenge
No. 127 #SynonymsOnly offers follow and lead as prompt words.
I have used “keep abreast” and “take point” as synonyms.
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one bird seems to lead
that winged arc across the sky
none truly follow
reaching their destination
instinct their only compass
With a memory like a sieve, it’s ironic that, at times, once I have a word in my head I can’t get it out. Colleen’s Tanka Tuesday Challenge No. 127 – Synonyms Only offers the words
lead and follow. Once I started writing, those words were there to stay,
so consider this a non-response to her prompt.
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pen touching paper
becomes tentative keystrokes
some shared, others held
always, from the beginning
poetry as therapy
This tanka is my response for Colleen’s 2019 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 122 #SynonymsOnly,
where the words are origin and write.
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What is this lust for blood in debate,
this need for vile retribution,
love for self, and not for man?
Differences be damned.
Brotherhood is key.
That we should think
This nonet is my response to
Colleen’s 2019 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday
#Poetry Challenge No. 123 #Synonyms Only,
using sense and lust for meaning and passion.
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