#TankaTuesday Weekly #Poetry Challenge No. 323, 6/6/2023

  • From the chart: choose a color and use the color in your syllabic poem.Also: Choose ONE word from the descriptions under the color you chose, and add it to your syllabic poem.Remember, if you write a freestyle poem, please include a syllabic form along with it.
  • Mangos – Tanka Poetry

    Red-ripe mangos hang
    In a tree full of treasure
    Hoping they will fall
    Strength of the tree gives me life
    A reminder to grow free

    ©2023 CBialczak

    I wrote this because there are three trees, in different yards, that I walk by in the mornings. The trees are so full of ripe mangos and I yearn to jump up and grab them or bring back a broom and whack them out of the trees. I don’t know the owners so I won’t be doing either but there is so much there it pains me to watch them go to waste. A few months ago, in a different yard, there was a tree full of grapefruit. I wish I could pick any of them. If my fruit trees start to grow so much fruit I will put it out by my mailbox to share with others for free.

    #TankaTuesday Weekly #Poetry Challenge No. 321, 5/23/23

    This week’s challenge is to write a specific form with a twist! https://wordcraftpoetry.com/2023/05/23/tankatuesday-weekly-poetry-challenge-no-321-5-23-23/

    Write an acrostic poem with a syllable count of 8, 9, or 10 syllables per line (all the same, or a mixture of syllable counts, is fine).

    Next Tuesday, May 31st, I will be presenting the scholarship in my son’s name, to two graduates of his high school. The Joseph Bialczak Excellence in Mathematics Scholarship. This was made to honor his legacy. ❤️


    Letting the world know you were here
    Engaging your memory often
    Grasp the impact you had on others’ lives
    Asking the world to remember you
    Carrying memories day to day
    Your memory will live forever

    ©2023 CBialczak

    TankaTuesday Weekly #Poetry Challenge No. 315, 4/11/23: My Lily

    This week’s challenge is a photo prompt. This year, [I’ve] asked my friend, and photographer, Terri Webster Schrandt, from secondwindleisure.com to share her photos with us for inspiration. Terri runs a weekly photo challenge called Sunday Stills. Check it out HERE. She has graciously added some of our poetry to her challenge. What a great link-up between friends!

    My Lily

    Picked to perfection
    Taken into the kitchen
    Poised in a glass vase
    To be admired for days
    My garden treasure

    ©2023 CBialczak

    Fair Maiden: Compilation 01/24/2023

    Boughton, George Henry; The Lady of the Snows; Walker Art Gallery; http://www.artuk.org/artworks/the-lady-of-the-snows-97671

    There, amidst a clearing in the dark woods,
    a maiden with her hair bound up tight
    A paintbrush poised beside her bundled hands
    In this land its a ubiquitous sight

    An ideal place exists in forests
    So still, where silence hides a tranquil place
    No utter madness of the modern world
    No new electric nor developed space

    But what is this I still can hear
    a sound with feeling draws me back
    a topical solution found
    Where once was only a small crack

    So leave us, her and I alone
    to guide silent inferences here
    so glory may be sent to God
    to leave majestic beauty near.

    ©2023 CBialczak

    paintbrush https://lindaghill.com/2023/01/23/daily-prompt-jusjojan-the-23rd-2023/
    ideal https://lindaghill.com/2023/01/24/daily-prompt-jusjojan-the-24th-2023/
    ubiquitous https://wordofthedaychallenge.wordpress.com/2023/01/24/ubiquitous-2/
    topical https://fivedotoh.com/2023/01/24/fowc-with-fandango-topical/
    madness, electric, silence https://pensitivity101.wordpress.com/2023/01/24/three-things-challenge-m218/
    There, amidst a clearing in the dark woods, stood … https://jimadamsauthordotcom.wordpress.com/2023/01/24/fandango-is-recovering/

    #TankaTuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 274, 5/17/22 #Ekphrastic #PhotoPrompt

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    This challenge explores Ekphrastic poetry, inspired by visual art or photographs. David, from the Skeptic’s Kaddish, provided the photo for this month’s challenge.

    Reach (a mirror nonet)

    keep going until you feel complete
    infinite possibilities
    dreams turn to reality
    endless places to go
    imagine yourself
    see beyond now
    open eyes
    open eyes
    see beyond now
    imagine yourself
    endless places to go
    dreams turn to reality
    infinite possibilities
    keep going until you feel complete
    ©2022 CBialczak Poetry

    Keep Reaching (a tanka poem)

    When you feel limits being reach
    there are endless possibilities beyond
    Remember to keep going for there is no stop
    ©2022 CBialczak Poetry



    This week I will try Rhyming Wave https://poetscollective.org/poetryforms/rhyming-wave/

    This form was made by Katharine L. Sparrow and I really love it! I just found it out of the blue!

    Without You

    a rainy day is nothing new
    nothing, nothing, nothing new
    just like a rainbow pouring through
    just like a ray of hope

    I cling to you like knotted rope
    knotted, knotted, knotted rope
    I think and love and try to cope
    I think and know love’s true

    I’m blue the days I’m without you
    without, without, without you
    A day of darkness seems so blue
    A day of agony

    we fit together perfectly
    perfect, perfect, perfectly
    Without you I can’t bear to be
    without you I am lost

    A rainy day is nothing new
    without you I am lost.

    ©2021 CBialczak Poetry


    To participate click here: https://wordcraftpoetry.com/category/tanka-tuesday-poetry-challenges/

    WELCOME TO TANKA TUESDAY! This week, Kerfe Roig selected the words: “mingle and drift“ PLEASE support the other poets by visiting blogs and leaving comments. Peer reviews help poets perfect their writing craft. Remember… sharing is caring. For Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge, you can write your poem in the forms defined on the Poetry Challenge Cheat sheet below: View Cheatsheet


    Walking through the day  

    Without a care in the world  

    Drifting like a moth  

    Dancing before mingling flames  

    With no need to stay or go 

    ©2020 CBialczak Poetry



    This month’s theme is a haiku written by Sue Vincent:

    clouds cover the moon,
    beyond dawn’s pale horizon
    sun rises unseen

    ©2020 Sue Vincent

    Please use the above haiku to inspire your own syllabic poetry. There’s a lot to unpack in these words. What will your interpretation be? Go where the words take you.

    Ode to Sue’s Haiku

    A blanketed veil of moisture obscures the Orb of Night
    At a distance morn’s bleached hues detectable at a distant perspective
    Scorching star lifts up sans cognizance
    A regenerated diurnal course ensues.

    ©2020 CBialczak Poetry

    Colleen’s 2020 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 186 #SynonymsOnly


    Anita Dawes picked the two words for you to choose your synonyms from. Opposites are so fun to work with. I can’t wait to see what you come up with! https://colleenchesebro.com/2020/07/14/colleens-2020-weekly-tanka-tuesday-poetry-challenge-no-186-synonymsonly/

    Here are your two words:


    The Real You – An Etheree

    Not you  
    That you are blessed  
    Because you are true  
    To your feelings and more  
    You have not chosen evil  
    You have chosen to be honest  
    People will flock toward your beauty  
    Being around you always feels complete.

    ©2020 CBialczak Poetry