TANKA TUESDAY POETRY CHALLENGE NO. 211, #ABHANGA #poetry #poems @ColleenChesebro #IARTG #ASMSG #WritingCommunity

Here’s Colleen Chesebro’s Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challenge No. 211. This week is poet’s choice or an Abhanga poem.

I decided to try an Abhanga poem.

This explanation is lovingly borrowed from Colleen’s post:

The elements of the Abhanga are:

  • stanzaic, written in any number of 4 line stanzas.
  • syllabic, 6-6-6-4 syllables each
  • rhymed L2 and L3 rhyme. Often internal rhyme is employed. End rhyme scheme x a a x , x being unrhymed.

This picture was taken by the Magic Trail last week. It’s my inspiration for the poem.


My past deep and heavy

Like never-ending snow

Ahead future’s glow

I push forward.

48 thoughts on “TANKA TUESDAY POETRY CHALLENGE NO. 211, #ABHANGA #poetry #poems @ColleenChesebro #IARTG #ASMSG #WritingCommunity”

      1. I appreciate each and everyone.
        We recently painted our kitchen a pale, pale gray. The color reminded me of you because it makes me think of the color of the sky in the middle of a snow storm, snow girl:)

    1. Thank you, Karen. That’s what I love about poetry is we can express so much in a small space:)

    1. I thought I’d give it a try, Diana. First time i heard about it too. I haven’t rhymed in a while. Thanks!

    2. This style does work subtly. Although, like after I read a Dr. Seuss book, I end up rhyming the rest of the day in my head…lol.

  1. Oh, Denise, just when I think your poems can’t get any better, you go and do something like this. Fantastic! Great job challenging yourself with this style of poetry. You nailed it!

  2. That makes me happy to hear you liked my latest attempt at a new format. I haven’t rhymed in a long time and it usually leaves me rhyming the rest of the day in my head as a side-effect…lol. This was a challenge to do though, but glad I am trying new things.

  3. It took me all week to get here, but I’ve finally unpacked and put away the last box! I love this form. Your words add a poignancy to the meaning. I’ll be writing more of these, how about you? <3

    1. What a good feeling to have everything unpacked 🙂 Now you can fully enjoy your new home! Yes, I did enjoy this and found it a bit more challenging. I hope to do more of this and try more formats this year. Thanks, Colleen! Xo

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