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Colleen’s #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge -D.G. Kaye, Poet of the Week

What a thrill to be named Poet of the Week at Colleen Chesebro’s Weekly Poetry Challenge. There’s some wonderful competition in this group so I was doubly touched to take the honor for my Haibun on Humanity.


Life is like a cup of tea


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, so don’t be shocked if you don’t feel the same way about a poem that I do.

This week, I’ve chosen D. G. Kaye, aka Debby Gies and her Haibun, double Senryu (with video) called “Humanity,” as the Poet of the Week. Not only did her poetry speak to me but the video is moving beyond words. Sometimes, we need a reminder of who we are and what is at stake.


Poetry Rules: – Choose your form of poetry and use SYNONYMS ONLY for the words – Hobby and Play



I believe with all the madness in the world, these moments in times of  turmoil serve as reminders of ongoing world struggles we live through  and somehow overcome. But the past has a way of resurfacing. This  video is a quick refresher course on some of the biggest things in life  that can happen to us – things we often take for granted thinking   they’ve been eradicated – things we think won’t happen again.  But they do.


Life is like a sport

We keep on striving to win

Winners and losers


Keep sight of the wins

The alternatives are dire

Lives become the game


when you watch the video – Even though I did…


You can find my original post with the video the poem was based on HERE


Source: Colleen’s 2019 #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge Recap No. 129, #SynonymsOnly – The Faery Whisperer

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D.G. Kaye is a nonfiction/memoir writer, who writes from her own life experiences and self-medicates with a daily dose of humor.


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