Tag Archives: tanka

Milestone

It’s that time of year Cheesecake and a glass of wine Good cheer with loved one Milestone harks new beginnings Creative spark still blooming   Colleen’s Challenge: Begin & Fresh (Synonyms Only)  

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Tranquility

  Tranquility here Glowing in warming sunlight Serenity smiles Fleeting moment out of time Waiting for next storm to rise   Colleen’s Challenge: Poet’s Choice Frank’s Challenge: Tranquil    

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Stretching Imagination

Senses hibernate In imaginary glow Waiting for sunlight Lost in a wintry refuge Detached from chilling forces   Colleen’s Challenge: Cold & Safe (Synonyms Only)          

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Destiny

  First breath births wonder Universal vibrations Symbols of life force Drifting in moments of time Signalizing destiny   Colleen’s Challenge: Celebrate & Number (Synonyms Only)  

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On the Edge

Perusing the view Lone figure stands mesmerized In contemplation Absorbing delightful scene Mind on edge between two worlds   Colleen’s Challenge: Pleasant & Read (Synonyms Only)    

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Solemn Moment

Alarmed by the scene Solemn moment unfolding Consequences feared Angel of darkness hovers Fateful meeting of many   Since I was late in posting for Colleen’s challenge and Halloween has ended,  I decided to reflect on a scary event in life when … Continue reading

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Spectral Portal

  Watching and waiting Spectral light reveals doorway To cursed entities Telling stories through their eyes Amulet moans to be found   Colleen’s Challenge: Haunt & Spell (Synonyms Only)    

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‘Tis the Season

  Unearthly transformation Spectral glimpse of primal fears Dark cavity chills Childhood nightmares erupting Into seasonal whimsy   Colleen’s Challenge: Ghost & Hollow (Synonyms Only)

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Winter’s Coming

  Speckles of magic Leaves flushing with fall’s embrace Engaging pigments Dancing towards winter’s chill Prophetic ending certain   Colleen’s Challenge: Color & Creepy (Synonyms Only)

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Hidden Vibrancy

Passion of life force Sparks of light illuminate Blooming arousal Thoughts collide with memories Scent of now evaporates   Colleen’s Challenge: Vigor & Energy (Synonyms Only)      

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Creative Foundation

Personal story Glue that holds one together Evolves endlessly True self searching for meaning Only found in the moment “““ Creative spirit Foundation of all that comes Witnesses the joy Soaring one to greater heights Red tide turns to crystal … Continue reading

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Vision

  Awaiting magic Sitting in a field of dreams Shifting  perspective Travelling with dancing stars Contradicting all logic Colleen’s Challenge: Change & Defy (Synonyms Only)    

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Glimpse of Wonder

  Clouds open to light Dissipating gloominess Unveiling wonder Revealing sky’s artistry Engraving joyful presence   Colleen’s Challenge: Sad & Write (Synonyms Only)

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Stream of Life

  Longing  overflows Travelling through veil of time Converging waters Spawning glacial memories Leading to calming resolve   Colleen’s Challenge: Congregate & Passion (Synonyms Only)

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Winds of Change

  Bitter winds blowing Unfortunate circumstance Wishing for a friend Living life on the fringes Fortuitous gift awaits   Colleen’s Challenge: Happy & Morose (Synonyms Only)

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Transformation

  In midst of life’s storms Gripping onto last resort Shifts with lofty leap Creative spirit dazzled Wealth of rosy moments thrill   Colleen’s Challenge: Bewitch & Treasure (Synonyms Only)  

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Gift

  Calm ocean within Flowing into consciousness Entranced with its charm Enhancing life’s poetry Blooming into harmony   Colleen’s Challenge: Magic & Green (Synonyms Only)  

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Seize the Moment

  Bestowing  insight Elasticity of mind Sees beyond the norm Catching the flavors of life Surrendering to changes   Colleen’s Challenge #90: Give & Receive (Synonyms Only)

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Elusive Muse

Appeasing parched muse Aqueous vision merges Into consciousness Tumbling into waking dream Creative elixir forms   Colleen’s Challenge: Dry & Wet (Synonyms Only)  

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Connecting with Nature

  Tuning out the noise Connecting with the senses Focusing on breath Bubble of perception grows Sea within finds a balance   Patrick’s Challenge #144: Focus

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Synchronicity

  Old patterns dissolve Possibilities triggered Two strings intersect Permeable universe Releases unknown event   V.J.’s Weekly Challenge #2: Synchronicity ” We used to think of physical reality as having four dimensions, three of space and one of time. Now we … Continue reading

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Another Age

  Eerie reflection Door opens to other world Ephemeral souls Wandering in cracks of time Piercing eyes whisper stories   Tuesday Photo Challenge: Age

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Hidden

Child’s forever dreams Hidden, but unforgotten Singing passion’s joys Exciting creative spark Blowing bubbles with a poem   Fandango’s  One Word Challenge: Hidden  

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Triad of Manifestation

  Thought, word and action Universal creation Energy unleashed Fluid movement in time/space Realization threefold   Patrick’s Challenge #141: Three  

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Enjoy the Ride

  No need to hasten Life will turn its own corners Without finale Listen to the muse whisper Telling tales of adventure   Colleen’s Challenge: Hurry & Last (Synonyms Only)  

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Winds of Change

  Tumultuous sky Inundates vertical climb Uncertain winds blow Turning pages of wishes Triumph finds a gracious way   Patrick’s Challenge #139: Vertical Colleen’s Challenge: Dignity & Success (Synonyms Only)    

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Cloud Gazing

Lost in cloud gazing Enticing reveries flow Into formless space Butterfly days misting eyes Merging into yearning wish   Colleen’s Challenge: Belong & Dream (Synonyms Only)

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Speed of Light

  With the speed of light Thoughts align with each silence Perspective brightens Filled with life altering light Past withdraws deceptive claws   Patrick’s Challenge #138: Speed  

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Awakening Joy

  Unexpected sight Frolicking in the sunlight Echoes my delight Winter weariness dissolves Heart intones with joyful beat   Colleen’s Challenge #82: Sing & Celebrate (Synonyms Only)

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Colossal Selfie

Replica of Easter Island sentinel found in Kauai, Hawaii of a “moai” created by early Rapa Nui people. Original selfie was created by the strength of many hands.   Watching and waiting Mysterious sentinel Ancient guardian Beacon to humanity Testament … Continue reading

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Dance of Nature

  Twinkling melody Creating enticing scene Charm of the season Water nymphs dancing patterns Lighting way to other worlds   Colleen’s Challenge #81: Enchant &Shape (Synonyms Only)   *( I revisited this image with new colors to match the poetry.)

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Awakening from Winter Slumber

  Gift of transition Slumbering nature stirring Heart softens with light Enchanted by spring breezes Spirit soars with happiness   Patrick’s Challenge # 136: Slumber    

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Journey to Spring

  Sun opens window Ending gray desolation Swelling into sunflower glow  Summoning gentle, spring breeze Caressing the face with hope   Colleen’s Challenge #80: Gather & Soft (Synonyms Only)  

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Seeing Beyond

  Vibrations flutter Malleable occlusion A temporary roadblock Seeing beyond obstruction The moment of light will come   Patrick’s Challenge #135: Occluded

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Wintry Cheer

(This photo was taken on a brilliant, sunny day in March.)   Compelling starburst Sun’s radiance twinkles charm Lighting up corners Of wintry incubation Swaying thoughts of inner joy   Colleen’s Challenge #79: Dance & Command (Synonyms Only)  

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Thoughts of Spring

Capturing this image put a smile on my face. Beauties of nature always do.      Fertility blooms Coloring spaces with spring Stirring the spirit Joyful anticipation Glorifying emergence   Colleen’s Challenge #78: Grow & Honor (Synonyms Only) Daily Post: … Continue reading

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When a Leaf is not a Leaf

  Close-up of nature Hidden vistas appearing Light touching darkness Illuminating portal Hinting of divergent world   Patrick’s Challenge #133: Light

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Forever Memory

   Spellbound in moment Captivating, twilight dreams Arousing senses Imagination blissful Soaking in the wondrous sight   Colleen’s Challenge #77: Charm & Time (Synonyms Only) Patrick’s Challenge #132: Twilight

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Lull Before The Storm

  Ocean’s bliss darkens Nature’s wrath never expires Gulf stream calls warnings Sinking coastlines under siege Civilization’s crossroads   Colleen’s Challenge #76: Joy & Fury (Synonyms Only)

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Time: “The Moving Now”

  Aware, motionless Step into timeless moment See the becoming Transforming linear thought Bend mind beyond gravity   Patrick’s Challenge: Time

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Seasonal Charm

  Tranquil  memory Secluded from life’s noises Eclipsing all thoughts Heavenly, verdant spaces Whispering seasonal charms   Colleen’s Challenge #75: Patience & Green (Synonyms Only)

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Vivid Dreams

  Imagination Alights in verdant spaces Shining through strata Reviving daring notions Untarnished by old habits   Colleen’s Challenge #74: Renew & Fresh (Synonyms Only) Patrick’s Challenge: Imagination

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Engagement with Today

  Grasping for answers Creative spark takes my hand Bestowing insight Divergent thoughts flow freely Painting a world of treasures   Colleen’s Challenge #72: Energy & Knowledge (Synonyms only)

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Frozen

Here I stand, frozen Surrounded by the moment It’s all that matters Field of view opens new realms Promising clear horizons   Patrick’s Challenge: Frozen

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Beckoning Sign

  Discernible shift Creative spirit in flux Milestone of inspiration Worldly desires disappear Momentous revelation   Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challenge #72: Breakthrough & Movement (Synonyms Only)

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Wings of Freedom

  Rise of a new day All blemishes forgiven Wings of freedom sing Of unknown destinations Resting place for heart’s desires   Patrick’s Pic and a Word Challenge #127: Blemish K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge: Break of Day

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Inner Rhymes

  Let stormy clouds pass Ignite sense of deep rapport Essence of presence Delve into depths of moments Flying with inner passions   Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Tuesday Challenge #71: Character & Affection (Synonyms Only) Patrick’s Pic and a Word Challenge #126: Depth

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Pic and a Word Challenge #125: Shadow

  Blue shadows return Illuminating mindscape Warming glow timely Temporary joyfulness  Cloud cover shrouds elation     Patrick’s Challenge  

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Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challenge #69: Bond & Seek (Synonyms Only)

  Creative eye thirsts  To touch obscure connections An eternal quest Untrodden vistas await Hunting elusive visions   Colleen’s Challenge

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Pic and a Word Challenge #124: Wisdom

  Silent observer Glorifying existence Firing up the sky Touch of the unknowable Riding on wings of wisdom   *( Photograph of a rare, brilliant sunrise only to disappear a few minutes later in winter’s cloud cover. )   Patricks’ … Continue reading

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Winter Blues

Haunting silhouette Chanting memories of spring Enticing story Igniting buds of desire Painting a tale of colors   Patrick’s Pic and a Word Challenge #123: Silhouette Colleen’s Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challenge #68: Myth & Write (Synonyms Only)  

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Music of Winter

  Sunlight moments dance Musical innuendo Silence opens arms Coloring creative mind Envisaging warmth of spring   Colleen’s Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challenge #67: Play & Guess (Synonyms Only) Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge: Silence

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Lost in Time

  Weathered and broken Once an adventurous gem Vessel of crossings Key to sudden journey’s end A story yet to be told   Patrick’s Pic and a Word Challenge #121: Crossing Colleen’s Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challenge #66: Destination & Guide (Synonyms Only) Daily Post … Continue reading

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Fortuity or Design

Shift in vibration Atmospheric window glows Advents awareness Flying high with new resolve Dreams dusted with guiding light   Colleen’s Tuesday Tanka Poetry Challenge #65: Ambition & Change (Synonyms Only) Patrick’s Pic and a Word Challenge #120: Atmosphere    

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Colleen’s Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challenge #64: Experience & New ( Synonyms Only)

  Timely choice revealed Bridge to possibilities Landscape soon changes Unexpected encounter Feeling the world with fresh eyes   Colleen’s Challenge

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Pic and Word Challenge #119: People

Hesitant moment Sensing rightness of timing Intersects my path People of past interest Caught in transition of life Clown creating a balloon animal at a community event. Just had to photograph his shoe. A town resident enjoying the day with … Continue reading

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Pic and a Word Challenge #118: Diminutive

  Energy circling Dissipates into portal Nature’s mystery Diminutive universe Searching for seeds of meaning   Patrick’s Challenge  

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Pic and a Word Challenge 117: Infinity

  Destiny calls us Endless possibilities Infinity flows Beyond limits of space…time Creative ripples expand   Patrick’s Challenge

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Darkness Within

  Colors disappear Trapped in stark reality What was once is gone Suddenly caged with dark thoughts Healing journey a tough climb   Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challenge #61: Trap & Stark *( Inspired by a loved one’s journey … Continue reading

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Sky’s The Limit

  Boldness of intent Daring to stray from the norm Life paints adventures Opportunity flickers Lighting the road less traveled   Ronovan Writes Weekly Haiku Challenge #178: Bold & Daring

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Destiny

  Always a seeker Soul’s wanderlust imprinted Adventures from the heart Strength in overcoming fears Listening to inner child   Patrick’s Challenge #115: Wanderlust   Ron’s Challenge #177: Strong & Heart

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RonovanWrites Weekly Poetry Challenge #176: Broken & Over

  Broken thoughts bubbling Fusing in floral patterns Moments evolving Twisting spirals of desire Overwhelming the senses   Ron’s Challenge

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Pic and a Word Challenge #114: Isolation

  Revelation gels Solidifying belief Oneness in nature Interconnection unfolds Isolation vanishes   Patrick’s Challenge  

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Pic and a Word Challenge #113: Smoke

  Day of misty bliss Smoky peaks luring me in Freeing mind to see Revelation of old ones Planting seeds, watching, waiting   Patrick’s Challenge  

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RonovanWrites Weekly Poetry Challenge #174: Smooth & Hand

  Whether rough or smooth Gently handling life’s cold breath Twist of fate ripples Playing with my destiny Joy trickling into being   Ron’s Challenge  

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Pic and a Word Challenge #112: Repose

  Suspension of thoughts Attention absorbing peace All cares drift away Tranquility races in Surrendering to repose   Patrick’s Challenge

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Road to Solitude

(Photo taken my daughter in Banff, Alberta a few years ago. ) One steadfast resolve Searching for quiet spaces Where mind can feel peace Moment found in calming lake Leaving is such sweet sorrow     (I indulged in borrowing … Continue reading

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Suzanne’s On The Road: Inner Happiness/True Contentment

  Stillness of moment Gentle clouds of contentment Nature’s offering Reflection of inner peace Senses calm, love speaks softly         Suzanne’s Challenge

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On The Road Tanka: Embracing Wabi-Sabi

  “Wabi-sabi is an intuitive appreciation of a transient beauty in the physical world that reflects the irreversible flow of life in the spiritual world. It is an understated beauty that exists in the modest, rustic, imperfect and even decayed, … Continue reading

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Pic And A Word Challenge #105: Veil

  Shadows engulfing Scenes of radiant beauty Darkness descending Rippling inner storms unfold Unveiling truth to be told   Patrick’s Challenge  

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Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge #50: Voice & Watch

  Watching mesmerized Feeling ocean voices roar Light peeling layers Too timid in the darkness Dawn’s truth satiates senses   Colleen’s Challenge

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Suzanne’s On The Road Prompt

The prompt was to find spirituality in a menial task which can be referred to as “kitchen haiku.” My menial task was letting go of my mental to-do-list and savoring the moments that may come.  After a holiday, “reality” strikes … Continue reading

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On The Road: Being-in-the-World

Suzanne has asked us to write about our experience of being-in-the-world in “an entwining of perception and objectivity”.    Eyes touching colors Ears capturing vibrations Nose perceives stardust Senses alive beyond mind Heart savors moments of joy   Suzanne’s Challenge

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On the Road: Chasing Butterflies

  Elusive flutter Dreams hide on butterfly clouds Watching and waiting Looking for a sign it’s time Destiny makes a detour   Suzanne’s Challenge  

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On the Road: Travelling with the Moon

  In darkest of nights There will be signs in the sky Beacon of hope dims Blazing companion will cry History repeats itself   Suzanne’s “On the Road” Prompt *Sorry to be dark with this tanka, but the world seems … Continue reading

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Fleeting Moment

  Reflection unclear Need to re-evaluate Fleeting moments pass Abrupt yield to inner voice Trepidation disappears   Patrick’s Pic and a Word Challenge: Fleeting Suzanne’s On the Road Challenge: Step by Step    

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Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge #44: Hunter & Find

  Time of reckoning Hunter of elusive dreams Vibrations focused Escaping zone of limits Unearthing hidden answers   “Truth waits to be found. It searches for no one.”  (Suzy Kassem) “Life is filled with unanswered questions, but it is the … Continue reading

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Stream of Life

  Current of calmness Flowing around stepping stones Bridging shadows of unrest Mindfulness of destiny Maker of one’s fate   Patrick’s Pic and a Word Challenge #97: Current Ronovan Writes Weekly Poetry Challenge # 159: Fate and Make

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Ronovan Writes Weekly Poetry Challenge #158: Pink &Shell

  Unshelled memory Serendipitous trigger Handing me a gift Survivor of time travel My inner child tickled-pink   Ron’s Challenge

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The Call of the Road

  Life’s vistas emerge Lure of seeking the unknown Thrill of the moment Imagination flies high Fulfilling destiny’s dream   Suzanne’s ‘On the Road’ Prompt

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On the Road Prompt: The Road is Life

  Even in stillness Road of life has chosen us To seek in shadows Definition for each day Journeying beyond our steps   Suzanne’s Challenge

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Apparition

  Moment of pursuit On gossamer wings of dreams Mountains calling me Surrender to winds of fate Effervescent illusion   “Give me the comma of imperfect striving, thus to find zest in the immediate living. Ever the reaching but never … Continue reading

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Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge #39: Mirror & Harbor

  Captivating sight Orchid harbors tear droplets Jewels of sadness Liquid sorrow dissipates Mirroring resilience   Colleen’s Challenge

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Embers of Twilight Memories

  Twilight memories Lying in wait of darkness Glowing embers spark Dancing flames spontaneous Love blooms under bewitched moon   *Posted on two sites: Ronovan Writes Weekly Poetry Challenge #155: Ember & Flame Pic and a Word #93: Twilight

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On the Road-Prompt #1 (Tanka)

In response to: On the Road-The Journey Begins Prompt #1- ‘May the road rise up to meet you.’   Winding road of life Uncharted emotions soar Navigation blind Time to follow heart’s desire Blow caution to wayward winds * “Still … Continue reading

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Petals of Change

  Time to ride the wave Transition to happiness Position of strength Serenely floating with dreams Breathing in nature’s beauty  

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Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge #34: Power & Allure (Tanka)

  Ancient veins of life Alluring powers hidden Cracks in the fabric Speaking to those who listen Tales of unknown dimensions   Colleen’s Challenge

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Ronovan Writes Weekly Poetry Challenge #148: Fast & Plain (Tanka)

  Mysteries disguised Vibrations shift like the wind Nothing in plain sight Moments come and go too fast Tides of time yield mindfulness   Ron’s Challenge

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Ronovan Writes Weekly Poetry Challenge # 147: Leap & Throb (Tanka)

  Seeing eye transforms Nature’s pulse throbs joyously Excitement rises Senses heighten in a leap Heart responds with boundless faith   Ron’s Challenge *( My first ever macro of a water droplet with my new camera. So exciting! )

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Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge #28: Laugh & Cry

  Dome of laughing birds Crying to humanity Life’s bubble fragile Earth rumbling signs of dismay Awakening universe Colleen’s Challenge *(Image provided by Colleen from Pixabay.com, but cropped.)

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Ronovan Writes Weekly Poetry Challenge #138:Secret & Burn (Tanka)

  Slow burning secrets Concealed amidst sweet chaos Timely truth alights Life transforms in spectral glow Metamorphosis   Ron’s Challenge  

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Ronovan Writes Weekly Poetry Challenge #136: Eye and Fade (Tanka)

  Fading time echoes Voice of contemplating eyes Reflective moment Unwinding eternal truths Stepping stones to the future   Ron’s Challenge  

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Love and Light Tanka-Beautiful Imperfection Photos

Bespeckled moment Light reveals imperfections Worth undiminished Past stories indent with love Weathered facade still standing *A tanka for two challenges:  Camera Lucida Photo Challenge #19: Beautiful Imperfections Ronovan Writes Weekly Poetry Challenge #135: Love/Light

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