#TANKATUESDAY Weekly #POETRY #CHALLENGE NO. 261, #PHOTOPROMPT @ColleenChesebro #writingcommunity #poetrycommunity #haibun #haibunidyll #haibunpoem

Here is Colleen Chesebro’s Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challenge #261. This week’s challenge to write your poem was inspired by the Ekphrastic image below which was selected by Diana Peach.

A haibun ldyll immediately came to mind. It is a prose paragraph that ends with a haiku. I switched out the haiku and ended it with a senyru.

Pixabay.com, compliments of “Pretty sleepy.”


I could barely catch my breath. After all these years, there it was. All the world’s time surrounded me, but only the now was important. My hand shook as I reached out to place the crystal watch on the red door’s knob. Finally, I would understand what I had been searching for, what everyone wanted. The crystal’s energy merged into the black scrolled metal that glowed a deep red. Slowly the door began to open with a sucking whoosh. I stepped inside.

out of the darkness

breathing in the dazzling light

I found Shangri-la

50 thoughts on “#TANKATUESDAY Weekly #POETRY #CHALLENGE NO. 261, #PHOTOPROMPT @ColleenChesebro #writingcommunity #poetrycommunity #haibun #haibunidyll #haibunpoem”

  1. I love it, Denise! Would that we could find Shangri-la! But maybe it’s just behind the door… 💗

    1. Thanks, Sandra 🙂 The door really spoke to me and it would be wonderful to step through it into perfection wouldn’t it? xoxo

    1. Thanks, Yvette 🙂 I love trying to get a story into this format and this door screamed story! xo

  2. Denise, I loved your haibun! BRAVO! This reads like a piece of flash fiction (some of my favorite short story writing). I want to write a book of haibun just because the form is so versatile. <3

    1. I’m really enjoy doing flash fiction and short stories. A haibun offers me the space to combine my two loves, poetry and fictional writing. It’s such a wonderful form that offers so many different ways to use it. Thanks, Colleen 🙂

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