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The following poem, constructed of nonets and a reverse etheree, was warped together as participation in Colleen Chesebro’s Tanka Tuesday #130, a syllabic-centric poetry challenge.


Network of Strings

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The following network of haiku, senryu, and a tanka were written for Colleen Chesebro’s Tanka Tuesday #129, based upon the use of synonyms for ‘Hobby’ (‘diversion’) and ‘Play’ (‘performance’). The red and blue text are the pieces that primarily focus on and attend to the prompts while adhering to the standardized syllabic structure. Anyway, unthread this as you will. (Per usual, sorry for the shrunken font.)

Network of Strings

Lenten Daffodils

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The following haiku sprouting out and around a tanka were written for Colleen Chesebro’s Tanka Tuesday prompt. The syllabically-structured poems must be based on synonyms of prompts words, which this week were ‘Spring’ (‘Lenten’) and ‘Sing’ (‘trumpeting’). The lines are intended to help distinguish each piece, though I apologize if they add to the confusion.

Lenten Daffodils

Knotted Heartstrings

This piece, cleft into triptych nonets, was written in response to Colleen Chesebro’s Tanka Tuesday Weekly Challenge #127, which asks for syllabic poem(s) based on using synonyms to ‘Lead’ (‘command’) and ‘Follow’ (‘obey’). Hopefully each of the thirds read distinctly, while the center reflects the straight reading.

Knotted Heartstrings 2

Bull Thistles


Photo courtesy of Sean Stratton via Unsplash. The following is a contribution to the collection of syllabic-centric entries at Colleen Chesebro’s Weekly Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challenge.


Despite having never tested my hand with an etheree, I’ve been too corrupted by experimenting with polyptychs to ease into the form. The gap is intended to allow the piece to break into multiple readings: a standard etheree, an inverted one, a straight reading, and/or a possible double etheree (if you’re willing to think of one as the consequence of the other). Regardless, read it as you wish and I hope you enjoy any/all of the possibilities.Bull Thistles

The Impulse of Spring

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The following is intended for Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challenge No. 125, based on using synonyms for “Origin” (impulse) and “Write” (draft). It’s not conventional, but hopefully the polyptych breaks down into a tanka and a few haiku. (Sorry for the piece appearing twice; it’s case one form turns illegible in the format you use to view.)

|the impulse of spring):   wind-kissed oasis            (littered with meaning-
|full buds waiting to be)  tucked under the horizon – (less lavishness
|unfurled in the night)    wanting to belong      ;     (the untrimmed first draft
|                                                a mirage of lush petals
|                                                forgetting to emit scents

The Impulse of Spring