Here’s Colleen’s 2020 Weekly Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challenge #197 with the specific form being Tanka. Here’s a little bit about it from Colleen’s website:

“TANKA IN ENGLISH: 5/7/5/7/7 or the s/l/s/l/l/ syllable structure. Your Tanka will comprise 5 lines written in the first-person point of view from the perspective of the poet.

When writing a Tanka, we consider the third line your “pivot,” but feel free to let it happen anywhere, or to exclude it. It is not mandatory. If you use a pivot, the meaning should apply to the first two lines, and the last two lines of your Tanka. Remember, we can read great tanka poems both forward and backward.”  

If you want to know more please click on the link above–there is some good information!

I took this night shot, but it wasn’t the inspiration for my poem.  It does have a certain feeling that the words do.


From a golden stage

Darkness penetrates souls

Heavy words divide

Acceptance magnifies hate

Extracting humanity.

36 thoughts on “COLLEEN’S 2020 WEEKLY #TANKA TUESDAY #POETRY CHALLENGE NO. 197, #SPECIFICFORM: Tanka @ColleenChesebro”

    1. Thanks, Jacquie unfortunately it does sum it up. You are very right though we are in this together. Hugs back xo

  1. What a commentary of our world’s status right now, beautiful and ever so poignant. 💜

    1. Thank you, Sandra. We have a chance of rain next weekend, so its dance time. Hope your weekend is full of wonder and peace. Xo

    1. Thank you, Miriam. Sadly it is, but definitely praying for light in the darkness. Have a peaceful weekend too.

  2. Excellent, Denise. Sorry it took me so long to get here. I have too many projects going on. I love your pivot: “heavy words divide.” That is spot on for all of us right now. So, I noticed that many of your social media buttons are gone. I’m ready to do the same thing. <3

    1. Thank you, Colleen:) I hope you have fun projects going! My feelings really poured into this especially after this week. I see the buttons on my end, strange, but I understand limiting them could be positive too. Sending hugs. Xo

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