Colleen’s Weekly #Poetry Challenge – Synonyms Only

It’s been awhile since I jumped into one of Colleen Chesebro’s Tanka Poetry Challenges. This week Colleen invites writers to choose a form of syllabic poetry and use synonyms only for the words BOLD and HINT. I’ve written a Tanka.

 

WELCOME TO TANKA TUESDAY!

 

This week, Annette Rochelle Aben selected the words for the syllables only challenge. That means you can’t use those two words. You must find synonyms to replace them. Fun, right?

 

Here are your two words:

Hint & Bold

 

Visit Colleen’s Original Post for rules and feel free to join in!

 

 

History book
Image by daseinuxd from Pixabay

 

The Oracle

 

History reveals,

Heroic efforts by some,

Law and order broke.

Protecting ersatz leaders,

Actions tantamount to crime.

 

©DGKaye2020

bitmo live laugh love

 

Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge – #Themeprompt – The Day After

I jumped into Colleen Chesebro’s Tanka Tuesday Weekly Poetry Challenge with a Reversed Mirror Double Etheree. This week’s challenge is a #Themeprompt – The Day After.

 

money and mask

 

 

The Day After

 

The beginning of the new world order.

Breathe in the glorious gift of life.

We remain distanced, gloved and masked.

Behold, our new world awaits.

Taking in the outdoors,

People emerging,

Unshackled gates.

Aftermath.

The day

Came.

 

The

New gifts

Presented.

Our creator

 Replenished the world.

Rivers and streams run clear,

Black sooty air has vanished.

Take a glimpse and taste of the world.

Savor it and drink it in, listen.

Take heed, yesterday is gone – welcome home.

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©DGKaye2020

 

Want to try out some poetry? Check out Colleen’s weekly challenge.

Visit Colleen’s Original Post.

 

 

 

 

Reflections – The Domino Effect

 

The Domino Effect

 

I’ve preached to many on occasion over the last decade as I observe the world around me –  God is angry at what man has done to his world. He did it before with Noah’s Ark, and he can do it again and Mother Nature is not one to be fooled with – everyone has their breaking point.

This now, what we are experiencing – the higher powers that be slowing down civilization a beat, forcing us to take a look, both, inside and out.

 

The world is in over-drive,

We’ve lost control of the gears.

Now our earth requires a pause

Mother Nature pumps the breaks

Inhaling deep breaths,

She clears her lungs and dulls the noise.

 

The everyday pace of life taxed to the max.

Doctors squeezing in more patients,

Causing longer wait times,

Life in hurry up mode,

Human empathy evaporates in the trickle- down effect,

Life in the fast lanes had people forgetting to look up from their phones.

 

Human connections severely impaired,

Digital takeover of human jobs,

Companies contracting out work,

Avoiding add to payroll for decent benefits,

Forgetting our fellow man.

 

Greed, greed, greed everywhere you go,

A price gouge here, no mercy over there,

A fee for this a fee for that,

Money, money, money, profits matter most,

We’ve seen the face of money in all its green glory.

 

The universe is calling,

Instructing us to open ears and eyes,

Reminding we are we collective not me,

Urging us to take this pause in reflection,

Breathe in the glorious air that sustains us.

 

Pull up the sunken compassion from our hearts,

Notice the beauty in all the world’s stillness,

Back to basics.

Reminder of smiles, kindness and gratitude,

Imperative to indulge in this pause and reflect.

 

©DGKaye2020

 

 

Colleen Chesebro’s #Poetry Challenge – Free Write

This week’s Poetry Challenge at Colleen Chesebro’s blog is a free-write no synonyms required. I’ve written a Haibun Nonet. You can find the varied styles of poetry for this challenge below in description.

 

Colleen’s 2019 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 152, #Poet’sChoice

 

WELCOME TO TANKA TUESDAY!

It’s the first of the month and you know what that means! Poets choose your own words.

 

 

This challenge is for Haiku, Senryu, Haiga, Tanka, Haibun, Etheree, Nonet, Shadorma, and Cinquain poetry forms. Freestyle rhyming poetry is not part of this challenge. Thank you. ❤

For Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge, you can write your poem in one of the forms defined below. Click on the links to learn about each form:

HAIKU IN ENGLISH

SENRYU IN ENGLISH

HAIGA

TANKA IN ENGLISH

HAIBUN IN ENGLISH

CINQUAIN & the variations on Cinquain-Wikipedia

ETHEREE

NONET

SHADORMA

 

Listen

 

Mark your ballots

 

 

Voting across the world seems to have become a dangerous divide. With social trolling, smear campaigns, and some ruthless politicians, it can be difficult to make an informed decision. In this new attack mode on global elections, it’s important that we as voters, must do our homework before casting our votes instead of taking everything we hear from those who shout loudest. We’re encouraged to vote for our favorites, sometimes following the masses, when we should be looking for the best policies and and agendas before deciding on a candidate. In a world where capitalistic greed dominates for personal gain, I suggest we’re better off taking a look at what we don’t want from a candidate to avoid becoming blind to those who offer sugar coated promises.

 

It’s often said, may the best man win.

Everyone carries a blemish.

Diligence imperative.

Take pause, weed out the rot.

Before committing

Eliminate

The dangers.

Cast vote.

Pray.

 

Visit Colleen’s post to join the Poetry Challenge

 

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