Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka Tuesday ~ The Fairy Whisperer – War on Truth

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This week’s Poetry Challenge for Tanka Tuesday at Colleen Chesebro’s blog, Colleen gave us two words – Plan and Finish. The rules state we must include synonyms for those two words in the poem. My two words are ‘scheme‘ and ‘end‘.

I chose to write about a newly coined phrase taken from Bob Woodward’s new best-sellerFear – “There’s a war on truth”.


“There’s a war on truth”

Don’t be fooled by schemes and lies

Listen and observe

Intent – deceive and confuse

Endgame – justice soon prevails

War on truth


If you’d like to join in to this challenge, below are Colleen’s rules:


Tanka Tuesday



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 5/7/5 syllable structure. A Haiku is written about seasonal changes, nature, and change in general.

TANKA IN ENGLISH 5/7/5/7/7 syllable structure. Your Tanka will consist of five lines written in the first-person point of view. This is important because the poem should be written from the perspective of the poet.

HAIBUN IN ENGLISH Every Haibun must begin with a title. Haibun prose is composed of short, descriptive paragraphs, written in the first-person singular.

The text unfolds in the present moment, as though the experience is occurring now rather than yesterday or some time ago. In keeping with the simplicity of the accompanying haiku or tanka poem, all unnecessary words should be pared down or removed. Nothing must ever be overstated.

The poetry never tries to repeat, quote, or explain the prose. Instead, the poetry reflects some aspect of the prose by introducing a different step in the narrative through a microburst of detail. Thus, the poetry is a sort of juxtaposition – different yet somehow connected.

Cinquain ALSO: Check out the Cinquain variations listed here: Cinquain-Wikipedia These are acceptable methods to use. Please list the form you use so we can learn from you. 

Senryu in English 5/7/5 syllable structure. A Senryu is written about love, a personal event, and have IRONY present. Click the link to learn the meaning of irony.


I will give you two words. Choose synonyms from those words for your poetry. You, the poet, now have more control over the direction of your writing. Follow the rules carefully. Don’t use the prompt words.

LINK YOUR BLOG POST TO MINE WITH A PINGBACK. To do a Pingback: Copy the URL (the HTTPS:// address of my post) for the current week’s Challenge and paste it into your post. You may also place a copy of your URL of your post in the comments of the current week’s Challenge post.

I will publish the Tuesday prompt post at 12: 03 A.M. Mountain Standard Time (Denver Time).  That should give everyone time to see the prompt from around the world. The RECAP is published on Monday and will contain links to the participants.


You have one week to complete the Challenge with a deadline of Sunday, at 12:00 P.M. (Noon) Denver time, U. S. A.


Here are the TWO prompt words for this week’s challenge: “Plan & Finish,” #SynonymsOnly


Source: Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 101, “Plan & Finish,” #SynonymsOnly | Colleen Chesebro ~ The Fairy Whisperer

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  1. I love this, Sis. Using poetry to voice concern is a fabulous thing to do. <3

    1. Thanks so much Colleen. I guess it shows were my mind is. 🙂 Justice is being served. 🙂 <3

  2. Excellent Tanka, Debby! There’s definitely a ‘war on truth’ nowadays but like you wrote ‘Justice will prevail’. Brilliant!

    1. Thanks bunches Vashti. Yes it will! 🙂 xx

  3. Nice one Deb. Truth has always been the back seater in human interactions though the first lesson that children are taught is “Never lie”…some paradoxes are hard to root out!

    1. You said it Balroop. Thanks for dropping by my friend. 😉 xx

  4. Excellent poem.. Wise words… and we should all of us begin to Listen well and observe… And not take things we are told as face value.. But seek deeper and find out your own Truth of a situation..
    The problem with today’s world there are so many who repeat ‘gossip’ not knowing if it is truth or not…
    Understand also that its not just people we may know who are deceitful but those whom we trust in ruling our nations often do not know how to tell the truth for they have believed their lies for so long..

    Love and Blessings.. Great Poem Debby… And much love to Colleen too.. Hugs to you both. <3

    1. You are spot on Sue. It goes back to your post – ‘Delve deeper’. Seems you and I are once again on the same wavelength. <3 Hugs!! xxx

  5. It’s a reality, Debby. We fight for the truth but seem to lose at times. It’s hopeful that the justice prevails. Excellent poem! <3

    1. Thanks so much Miriam. Yes, it’s a struggle sometimes, but thank goodness for some good people who work tirelessly to fight for the truth. <3

  6. Your tanka is very pertinent to today’s world and I love the line “justice will prevail.” Yes!

  7. Justice will prevail, yes!

  8. Justice will prevail, yes! That last line has me nodding 🙌

    1. It always does Christy. 🙂 <3

  9. Great use of the words available to get a point across Debby…♥♥

    1. Thanks bunches Sal. <3 xx

  10. I really like this poem, Debby. Well done.

    1. Thanks bunches Robbie 🙂

  11. What a powerful Tanka, Debby with a strong point to make, made even clearer with the wonderful image you chose to support it. We live in scary times. It’s difficult to know what to believe. Sometimes all we know is that someone is lying. But who?

    1. That’s why it’s important to follow the facts and reliable news sources. We have to do our own due diligence I’m afraid. 🙂

  12. Such a poignant message, Debby. Awesome piece! XO

    1. Thank you so much Natalie. <3

  13. Lovely poem, Debby. And it adds to the creativity with rules like these. Being able to express yourself with few words is the beauty of poetry. Well done! 🙂

    1. Thanks bunches Liesbet 🙂 x

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