Network of Strings

Photo courtesy of Ruth Archer via Pixabay

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

Photo courtesy of Jill Wellington via Pixabay.

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

Tint(-)Frosted Petals


Photo credit belongs to user KUMI0523 of Pixabay. The following clusters of haiku and tanka were written as response to Ronovan Writes’ Weekly Haiku Challenge 243, based on the use of ‘Float’ and ‘Swim.’ Join in or read others’ contributions through the above link.


This is a variation on the polyptychs I’ve been throwing on here, more focused on isolated (horizontal and vertical) readings than the whole reading with particular clarity. You can still choose to read straight through, but the jumble of punctuation necessary would have been too much clutter. Regardless, enjoy this any which way you assemble or dissect it.

Tint(-)Frosted Petals

The Impulse of Spring

Photo courtesy of Hao Svit via Unsplash.

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


Vesper Sparrow

Written as participation in Ronovan Writes’ Haiku Challenge #242, using the prompt words ‘Scream’ and ‘Feather.’ Since it’s already unconventional, I threw a tanka into the polyptych to see how it’d work, and have provided the same piece in two formats since there’ve been problems depending on screen size. (Sorry, I’m still trying to figure out how to go about presenting these.)

Vesper Sparrow

(wildflowered sunlight )                 [fingers scratch]   {the bronze vesper}
(sparrow lost in its love songs), [feathered   syrinx] {bells toll over     and over}
(the breathing  meadow)          [screams of nightlife]   {worship beginning}.
(congregant in genesis),
(origins dawned in twilight)


Natural Revolution

Photo prompt courtesy of Grammar Ghoul Press. I believe it’s an advertisement for the live-action movie adaptation of the manga Judge by Tonegai Yoshiki. After looking into it, my tanka seems way too lighthearted.

Predator and prey
secretly plot together —
seeking nature’s revival,
targeting children’s mindsets.

Badge: Shapeshifting 13 #24