My poem, “Visons of Longed-for Relief,” is the Second Place Winner in the Word Craft Poetry Syllabic Poetry Contest, where Colleen Chesebro asked us to write a tanka prose on the theme of Dreams. Thank you to the judges for selecting my poem, and congratulations to D. Wallace Peach, Merril D. Smith, and Jude Itakali who placed first, third, and honorable mention, respectively.
David, The Skeptic’s Kaddish
distance, measured in time
always out of reach
in the future lie possibilities
in the past, all that is unobtainable
memories, the only present
This gogyohka is my response to Colleen Chesebro’s #TankaTuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 274, #Ekphrastic #PhotoPrompt, where we are asked to write any form of syllabic poetry (including gogyohka), inspired by a photo provided by David, The Skeptics Kaddish.
The photo is of David’s father who is gone, but always present in his heart.
Thoughts Take Wing
From dragonflies to swallows; from great blue heron to bald eagle; this winding river offers sights that take my mind on flights of fancy. Although my passage is never as graceful as theirs, I glide across the water with a paddle as my wings and take in the beauty that surrounds me. Past limestone bluffs with distinctive faces that talk of the mystery of time, beside shoals that hold stone tools from the past, to the passage of time itself as I pass beneath lush, overhanging branches in midsummer that become graceful lines in winter. With nature as my companion, my thoughts take wing.
damselfly in flight
bass jumps out of the water
lands with a big splash
waves roll out in a circle
create ripples in my mind
This is my response to Colleen’s #TankaTuesday Weekly Poetry Challenge
No. 268, Specific Form: Tanka Prose.
In a roundabout way, this might be considered on prompt for Day 13 at napowrimo.net, where we are asked to write a poem that shows how good fortune is possible, even when it seems impossibly distant.
blue laced with white foam
in wild rushing waterfalls
gulls wheel overhead
This haiku is my response to Colleen’s #TankaTuesday
Weekly Challenge No. 268, #Tastetherainbow-Color Poetry.
Off prompt, but shared with Day 6 at napowrimo.net
Photo: Niagara Falls (click for larger view in new tab)
waves like flames
in the setting sun
This haiku is my response to Colleen’s #TankaTuesday Weekly
Poetry Challenge No. 266, #ThemePrompt: Fire and Water.
Photos: sunset on the Niagara River (Black-crowned Night Heron & Great Blue Heron)
as leaves change
cooler winds prevail
as leaves float downstream
when river freezes
among bare branches
with first buds
kingfisher’s steep dive
warm breeze blows
across muddy banks
I have been chosen to name the theme for this week at WordCraft: Prose & Poetry.
The cycle in this haiku sequence is my own response to
Colleen’s #TankaTuesday Weekly Poetry Challenge
No. 262: #ThemePrompt: Transitions.
Shared with Open Link #311: March Live Edition
welcome brilliance arrives
with a break in the clouds
as their shroud dissipates
This poem is my response to Colleen’s#TankaTuesday 2/8/22 #Poetry Challenge No. 260, #SpecificForm: Abhanga. Abhanga is a form commonly used for devotional poetic composition although it has also been used for cynicism, satire and reflective moods. The elements of abhanga are as follows:
• stanzaic, written in any number of 4 line stanzas.
• syllabic, 6-6-6-4 syllables each
• rhyme pattern … x-a-a-x, where x does not rhyme
• often internal rhyme is employed
…and yes, I stretched the rule about rhyming
Photo: 5:08 pm CST ~ 08 February 2022
(click image for larger view in new tab)
in sepia photograph
window on the past
gone, but never forgotten
always held close to the heart
This tanka is my response to Colleen’s #TankaTuesday Weekly
Poetry Challenge No. 259: #Tastetherainbow, in which
we are to use the syllabic form of our choice with a color of our choice.
Shared with OLN #309: SMILE at dVerse ~ Poets Pub.
life well lived
loved by all you touched
darkness closes in
by your side
treasured last moments
behind, beside you
This senryū sequence is my response to Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka Tuesday
#Poetry Challenge #258, #ThemePrompt, Memories: Sweet & Sour.
clear moon on cold night
traveler without shelter
shadows walk on snow
This haiku is my response to Colleen’s #Tanka Tuesday
Weekly Poetry Challenge No. 256: Haiku.