Colleen’s 2019 #Tanka Tuesday Recap: #Poet of the Week & Honorable Mention, No. 157

Welcome to the Tanka Tuesday Poetry Recap featuring the Poet of the Week and the honorable mention poetry that spoke to me. If you would like to participate in this challenge, you can learn the rules in the menu item called Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Tuesday Guidelines.

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I will publish the Poet of the Week and Honorable Mention Poets in the 2019 Poet of the Week Anthology, which everyone can grab as a FREE PDF in January 2020.

H. R. R. Gorman has kindly volunteered to update the Poet of the Week & Honorable Mention poetry from the weekly recap into the PDF Compilation that will be available around the middle of January 2020. If this works out, I will consider continuing the Recap and PDF for next year. I’ve received great feedback about the recap and how the comments have helped poets perfect their own poetry. I think this is a great way to share all the great poetry from the challenge.

Each week, I like to highlight a poet who I call the Poet of the Week who has shared an exceptional message or shown impassioned creativity through words or form. Poetry is all about perception. You may not feel the same way about my choice. That’s okay. Perception is different for all of us.

The Poet of the Week

This week, I’ve chosen Jane Dougherty as the Poet of the Week. Jane sees the world through magical eyes. Her descriptions are always vivid. In this Cinquain, she reveals a wintery scene. Can’t you just feel it? That’s good poetry.

Because of the structure of a Cinquain (5 lines: 2, 4, 6, 8, 2, syllable structure), your poem ends up with an iambic cadence which is quite pleasing to the ear.

“Gale” #Cinquain

Bough bends

and cedes to the

power of wild stormwinds,

rattling the last acorns,

dry leaves rustling.

©2019 Jane Dougherty

Honorable Mention

Padre gets the Honorable Mention this week. He wrote an Etheree poem that used the perfect synonyms for the prompt words. His word count was perfect, too. What I really loved was his take on the holiday season.

When writing an Etheree try to rhyme your words. Syllabic poetry seldom rhymes, which defines it from other types of poetry. This form is also called “count-down poetry because of the 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 syllable count.

Write with quick phrases, in the beginning, to frame your subject, ending with complete thoughts as the syllable count increases. Etheree poems focus on one idea or subject.

This is the most flexible form of our challenge.

“The Queue”

In Joyful Excitement

The children wait.


And glad expectation

Causing little limbs to quake;

The promise of presents to come

When their turn in line finally comes

And they sit upon Saint Nicholas’ knee.

©2019 Padre

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45 thoughts on “Colleen’s 2019 #Tanka Tuesday Recap: #Poet of the Week & Honorable Mention, No. 157”

  1. I love Padre’s Honorable Mention post. It talks about the asking Santa for gifts, which is something every kid experiences but which we don’t really explore the feelings of often. It kind of spoke to me in that way.


  2. Congratulations for both winners! I enjoyed both poems. “Gale” is happening right outside my window, and “The Queue” took me back to bringing my daughter to the mall to see Santa so many years ago.


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