Category Archives: Collen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge

Poet of the Week for Colleen’s Poetry Challenge “Treasure & Bewitch”

Thank you, Colleen, for choosing me to be the poet of the week. Please head over to read other poets’ creative poems. ❤

Word Craft ~ Prose and Poetry


Welcome to the Tanka Tuesday Poetry Recap featuring the work of poets from around the globe. If you would like to participate in this challenge, you can learn the rules on the menu item called Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Tuesday Guidelines.

Each week, I like to highlight a poet who I call the Poet of the Week, who has shared an exceptional message, or shown an impassioned creativity through words or form. Poetry is all about perception, so don’t be shocked if you don’t feel the same way about a poem that I do. ❤


This week, I’ve chosen as the Poet of the week, Miriam Hurdle, from her blog,

I was drawn to this Cinquain because of the simplicity of the words describing a rose. What really surprised me was her choice of the word, “chroma,” which means purity or intensity of color.

That one word makes this…

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Collen’s Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge, No. 73: Energy & Knowledge, #SynonymsOnly

The Prompt Words for Collen’s Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge, No. 73 are Energy and Knowledge. In this Haibun, I use the synonyms Powerful for Energy and Mind for Knowledge.

Colleen Poetry 2018.02.27


 “This is my life. I can do whatever I want!” I’ve heard this comment and seen people having such mentalities. My heart aches to hear one person’s family is devastated and the members of their extended families are in turmoil due to one member who has made choices to change his life. It prompts me to wonder what goes on in a person’s mind and what experiences lead to one’s conclusion. When someone is about to decide, does he consider the consequences and what it would mean to the loved ones in his family, and the people he knows or doesn’t know? This bewilderment makes me be aware of my ultimate selections.

Mind is powerful

Your choices followed by actions

Have ripple effects

Change people’s current lives

Send them on different paths

~ Miriam Hurdle

Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge, No. 73: Energy & Knowledge, #SynonymsOnly

Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge No. 53 – Mist & Shape

Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge No. 53 – Mist & Shape

I’m adding another poetry form to Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge starting October 2, 2017. It’s called a cinquain. – Colleen




Golden new shapes

Cooling, changing, rustling

Aromatic fresh mist in air




Music in air mist

Penetrates my sensations

Melts shape of my heart


“Senryu (also called human haiku) is an unrhymed Japanese verse consisting of three unrhymed lines of five, seven, and five syllables (5, 7, 5) or 17 syllables in all. Senryu is usually written in the present tense and only references to some aspect of human nature or emotions. They possess no references to the natural world and thus stand out from nature/seasonal haiku.” – Shadow Poetry

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Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge No. 53 – MIST & SHAPE



Colleen’s Weekly #Poetry Challenge No. 51 #Haiku #Tanka #Haibun: GIFT & SONG

Colleen’s Weekly #Poetry Challenge No. 51: GIFT & SONG

My daughter Mercy’s baby is arriving any minutes by now. I still remember back in March when we skyped and talked with each other. Mercy and Will showed us the ultrasound film. We made a virtual hug at the end. The joy of parenthood, the wonder of bringing a new life into this word were so overwhelmed. Mercy has been excited and celebrated the process by capturing the moments in photos. The family and community are so enthusiastic and supportive. This gives them a firm assurance and confidence.

Song of lullaby

Watching baby’s sleepy eyes

Overwhelming joy

Parents’ faces radiate

Gift of fulfillment resides


Colleen’s Weekly #Poetry Challenge No. 51 #Haiku #Tanka #Haibun: GIFT & SONG

Colleen’s Weekly #Poetry Challenge No. 48 #Haiku #Tanka #Haibun: STONE & TURN

This is my first entry of Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge, and the first Haibun I have written.

Colleen’s Weekly #Poetry Challenge No. 48 #Haiku #Tanka #Haibun: STONE & TURN


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Stone Wall

Stone wall standing between the next door neighbor and our home, built to the maximum height of six feet tall. The neighbor originated the idea as I remember.  The new neighbor took a different turn. Neither the branches of my trees nor leaves of my plants are welcome to extend past the wall. I trimmed the orange tree to a half dome shape and make my plants behave.

Stone wall separates

Faces, communications

Turn to lone castles

The neighbor on the other side greets me in the morning, praises the plants and flowers in my garden. This is one of the two neighbors of twenty-five years. Other homes have a great turn over. New people seem to have stone faces. I try to reach out, yet favors didn’t receive any return.

Mystery of faces

Impenetrable stone

Some turns we have made

Retrieve to cautious islands

Never give, never receive

We had a neighborhood watch. A neighbor rang the doorbell when our garage door was still open at midnight. Where did the friendly neighbors go? Why have the neighborhood parties slipped away? I wonder!


Colleen’s Weekly #Poetry Challenge No. 48 #Haiku #Tanka #Haibun: STONE & TURN