#TANKATUESDAY Weekly #POETRYCHALLENGE #252 @SyllabicPoetry @ColleenChesebro #PhotoPrompt #Tanka

Hi everyone! Today, I’ve joined Colleen’s weekly TankaTuesday challenge, which asks for a verse using metaphor and allegory from a photo supplied by Lisa – The Versesmith.

You can find Colleen’s post HERE.

I have chosen a Tanka, which has the following syllable format: 5-7-5-7-7

Purple aster with butterfly

Growing pains of life
No safe perch when you’re not you
Stop!—smell the flowers
Make time for vulnerable
Self-reflection transforms us

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Balroop Singh

So true Harmony! Prudence gained through self-reflection is ever-lasting. Lovely thoughts.

Jan Sikes

A most powerful poem, Harmony. So much truth in those few short lines. Fantastic! Thank you for sharing!

D.L. Finn, Author

Insightful, Harmony 🙂 Yes, self reflection does transforms us just like the caterpillar.

Roberta Eaton Cheadle

A beautiful poem, Harmony. I agree that self reflection is vital to perspective and balance.


Very nice take on the photo, and so true. I would be a precarious perch to try to keep being something you’re not.

Joan Hall

Nice one, Harmony!

Diana Peach

A beautiful tanka, Harmony, and full of ageless wisdom. <3

Gwen Plano

Beautiful, Harmony. Wise words, precious advice. 💗


Harmony, this is wonderful. I can tell you read between the lines… this is what I was looking for. What a wonderful message for us all! <3

Jacquie Biggar

Something we learn with time. Beautiful, Harmony.

Staci Troilo

That’s lovely, Harmony. And wise words, too.

Annette R Aben

Solid advice presented beautifully


Beautifully summed up!

john howell

Good advice, Harmony. Lovely poem too.