#TANKATUESDAY Weekly #POETRYCHALLENGE #260 #SpecificForm @SyllabicPoetry @ColleenChesebro #Abhanga

Hi everyone! ๐Ÿ™‚

Today, Iโ€™ve joined Colleenโ€™s weekly TankaTuesday challenge, which asks for a series of Abhanga verses.

Colleen explains: We write Abhanga in any number of 4-line stanzas with 6-6-6-4 syllables each. L2 and L3 rhyme. The end rhyme scheme is abbc. It is customary to title your poetry.

You can find Colleenโ€™s post HERE.



Entitled: Cyclic

dull pain in my forehead

all night awake Iโ€™ve lain

the day isnโ€™t the same



tired eyes ache and blink

while my brain slogs through fog

huge yawn stretches my gob

oh for some sleep


itโ€™s different again

when you slumber in peace

and life feels like a breeze

rinse and repeat


I hope you enjoyed this Abhanga set. This is the first time Iโ€™ve explored this poetic, syllabic form. Given my fatigue today, this topic seemed rather apt ๐Ÿ˜‰

Have a lovely day! ๐Ÿ™‚


ยฉ Harmony Kent 2022


40 Comments on “#TANKATUESDAY Weekly #POETRYCHALLENGE #260 #SpecificForm @SyllabicPoetry @ColleenChesebro #Abhanga

  1. Sometimes sleep comes easy. Well somewhat easier in retirement anyway…
    except when we have to get up early to take our grandson to school! ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Very nice set.

    • It does make a difference when you donโ€™t have to drag yourself out of bed before youโ€™re ready! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thanks, Jules ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ™‚

  2. For being tired, your creativity has not suffered! I only hope that you found some sleep and feel refreshed. Harmony, I’ve had a week. I can’t thank you enough for keeping the challenge alive on Twitter for me. You are simply the best. Thank you. <3

    • Sorry youโ€™ve had a week. Hope things settle for you. Thanks for your kind comments. Hugs ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Incredible writing, Harmony. Insomnia is such a thief, and you’ve managed to expose its nature. I’m in awe. ๐Ÿ’—

  4. You did this form beautifully, Harmony. Sorry about the sleep and hoping you feel better and rested soon xo

    • Believe me, Iโ€™ve tried everything possible at one time or another โ€ฆ desperation and all that, lols ๐Ÿ˜‚. Thanks for your kind recommendation, though! Thanks, Jacquie ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ™‚

  5. What a beautiful way to express a true life experience, Harmony. I love this and I pray that you feel better soon. That last line is golden!

  6. I’m sorry you’re feeling so crappy and missing out on that sleep, Harmony, but you clearly aren’t lacking for creativity as a result. I’m amazed this is your first attempt at this form, because that poem is fantastic. I especially love the last stanza and am wishing that’s all you have in the days (and nights) ahead!

  7. I had a nasty headache yesterday. (Thank God it wasn’t a migraine, though.) This poem definitely resonated with me. I like the form, too.

    Nicely done. (And I hope you’re feeling better.)

    • Just succumbed and downed two paracetamol, which I try not to do! Thanks, Staci. Glad youโ€™re better today! Hugs ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ™‚

      • Twice consecutive errors.

        Harmony. There has been an unexpected error: about my reply. Oh darn!

        Anyway. Lovely words. Hope this pain/fog is not real.
        May there be peace everywhere.
        WithIN and withOUT. I bless you

        • Sorry for your trouble, Selma! WP is failing a lot these days, ugh.
          The pain/fog is high today, but it will pass. Thanks so much for your kind words and support, my friend ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ™‚