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

Hi everyone! πŸ™‚

Today, I’ve joined Colleen’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 Colleen’s post HERE.



Entitled: Cyclic

dull pain in my forehead

all night awake I’ve lain

the day isn’t the same



tired eyes ache and blink

while my brain slogs through fog

huge yawn stretches my gob

oh for some sleep


it’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 I’ve explored this poetic, syllabic form. Given my fatigue today, this topic seemed rather apt πŸ˜‰

Have a lovely day! πŸ™‚


Β© Harmony Kent 2022


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


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

Marjorie Mallon

I suffered terribly with insomnia as a teenager. Still do sometimes. Poems captured that topic well, Harmony πŸ™‚

Gwen Plano

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


This is so relatable


I know your feeling, many nights awake. Your poem depicts it well.


I can relate, Harmony! Sometimes sleep is evasive. I love your Abanga!

Roberta Eaton Cheadle

Well done, Harmony. I found this form a little more challenging.

Joan Hall

Lovely poem, Harmony. I’m so sorry you’ve had insomnia and I do hope it improves.

D.L. Finn, Author

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

Jacquie Biggar

I’d say try Melatonin but there’s some controversy over it lately.

john howell

I hope you can get some rest, Harmony. The poem was great.

Jan Sikes

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!

Annette R Aben

Two thumbs UP! A grand first effort and living proof that remarkable inspiration can come from anywhere. Carry on!!

Mae Clair

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!

Staci Troilo

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.)

Yvette M Calleiro

I’m feeling quite tired myself, so I connected quite well with your poem. Lol! Great poem, Harmony! πŸ™‚


So true. Those sleepless nights accumulate.


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

Priscilla Bettis

The poem itself feels cyclical, like the sleep-wake cycle. Ugh, insomnia sucks. Here’s wishing you peaceful and restorative sleep, Harmony.:-)