Colleen Chesebro of wordcraftpoetry.com has given one last #TankaTuesday challenge for 2020. Here it is in her weekly blog post. She challenged us to write a syllabic poem about HOPE. Of course, on the eve of a new year, hope is something we’re all striving for. Colleen also challenged us to use our favorite form of poetry (syllabic or not) and explain why it’s our favorite.

For this poetry challenge, I’ve chosen both a haiku and a tanka as my favorite forms of poetry. I love haiku, and have loved it since childhood, for it’s simplicity and brevity. Haiku is my favorite poem to write because you can say so much in so few words. I love haiku so much that I published a book collection of haiku written over the five-month period I was home during Covid-19 lockdowns.

Here is the link to my haiku collection, Five Thousand Syllables, by S. Anne Kelln.

I also am falling in love with the tanka form of syllabic poetry. It is a haiku, but with a few more lines and lot more meaning. I especially love the tanka written so that it can be read both forward and backward, as mine is printed below. Here is my connected tanka and haiku of Hope for 2021:

Hope is in this realm
The distant stars do not hold
The power of your dreams
Compel your faith
Believe the truth before you
Not the unseen

Not the unseen
Believe the truth before you
Compel your faith
The power of your dreams
The distant stars do not hold
Hope is in this realm

Forever line
Hope is a horizon
Stretching you further

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