Here’s Colleen Chesebro’s Tanka Tuesday Weekly Poetry Challenge #217.

This week’s theme is “Immortality.”

I immediately wrote several haikus/senryus when I sat and thought about his word. I put three together to explore what’s next, and added a picture I took recently.

My soul a tenant

An earthly body rental

Soon I’ll return home.


My body withers

As my memories flood me

Pure light welcomes.


I free my last breath

Leaving behind all I’ve known

Starting my journey.

35 thoughts on “TANKA TUESDAY WEEKLY #POETRY CHALLENGE NO. 217, #THEMEPROMPT #Haiku #senryu @ColleenChesebro”

    1. Thanks, Mae:) That was the first one I was going to use, but decided to add more for the story. I still had more left I could have added…

    1. Thanks, Joan:) The was my first choice to go with then I added more in after writing several.

  1. Beautiful, Denise. I love them, and like Joan and Mae, I particularly love the first one. πŸ’—

    1. That was my favorite one too, Gwen. Then I decided it was more a story. Thanks, Gwen πŸ™‚

  2. I like this one, Denise. It’s very hopeful, and I can use that right now. And I quite like them strung together like stanzas. The last is my favorite, but the three together are actually somewhat narrative. : )

    1. Thank you, Cathleen:) I’m glad it could offer you some hope, I think we all need that now. I’ve never tried putting them together to tell narrative, and these fit together well.

  3. Lovely Denise! All three of them complement human life. Strange but I thought of immortal love and wrote a Tanka for my upcoming book. πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks, Balroop. I was really feeling life’s journey for immortal, but I like the other direction of love. I’m excited to hear you have a book coming up. Let me know what I can do to help with the release.

    1. It does seem to be the one most picked and so glad it managed to move you:) Thanks, Staci xo

  4. Oh. Wow. You and I are on the same page, Denise. Or should I say, the same haiku. These are magnificent, and the photo is perfect for your reflection. xo

    1. Thank you, Pam. I was lucky to get that shot. They do say great minds think alike, so that could definitely apply to Haikus:)

    1. Thank you, Colleen πŸ™‚ I had fun putting it together and they really flowed this time. I always forget these are Senryu, thanks for the reminder. Xo

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