Halloween Poetry Challenge
This week’s Halloween Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challenge from Colleen Chesebro asks us to use synonyms only for the words ‘Grave‘ and ‘Afraid’
WELCOME TO THE HALLOWEEN EDITION OF TANKA TUESDAY!
Hi! I’m glad to see you here. Are you ready to write some syllabic poetry?
Here are the TWO prompt words for this week’s challenge: “Afraid & Grave,” #SynonymsOnly
Have fun and write some Halloween poetry!
Here is my Halloween Double Etheree:
Of year when
Rising from their crypts
Making their presence felt
Witches celebrate Samhain
As the veil thins – some find this day
Ominous while ignoring the spirits
Of the dead – decked out in ghoulish attire
More focused on the trick and the treat
Petrified by looming spirits
But eager to fill their bags
Children in for the hunt
Costumes made to scare
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.
Etheree The Etheree poem consists of ten lines of 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 syllables. Etheree can also be reversed and written 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. The trick is to create a memorable message within the required format. Poets can get creative and write an Etheree with more than one verse, but the idea is to follow suit with an inverted syllable count. Reversed Etheree Syllable Count: 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 Double Etheree Syllable Count: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 10, 9, 8, 7, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1
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