#TANKATUESDAY Weekly #POETRYCHALLENGE #261 #PhotoPrompt @SyllabicPoetry @ColleenChesebro #Etheree

Hi everyone! πŸ™‚

Today, I’ve joined Colleen’s weekly TankaTuesday challenge, which asks for any syllabic form based on a photo prompt.

You can find Colleen’s post HERE.

Diana Peach chose this week’s image …

Redwood door surrounded with clocks and cogs
Courtesy of Pixabay, entitled Pretty Sleepy

I’ve chosen an inverted Etheree as it resembles an hourglass. This form uses ten lines X2 with a syllable count of 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1-1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10. An Etheree is titled and doesn’t rhyme.


Entitled: Cognitive Illusion


This non-existent thing bends and stretches

With no substance it runs us ragged

keeps our money behind locked safes

Tells us when to wake or sleep

When to eat when to fast

When to go to work

Hard taskmaster

Slow or fast

It will



Step back

Find freedom

From tyranny

Break the fallacy

Of this vicious cycle

This fake man-made entity

Watch the sands drain from the hourglass

Rely instead on Mother NatureΒ 

The sun and moon and the tide’s ebb and flow


I hope you enjoyed this inverted Etheree.

Have a lovely day! πŸ™‚


Β© Harmony Kent 2022


46 Comments on “#TANKATUESDAY Weekly #POETRYCHALLENGE #261 #PhotoPrompt @SyllabicPoetry @ColleenChesebro #Etheree

  1. Not only a great poem, Harmony, but some pretty darn good advice, too! Really enjoyed this one! πŸ˜ŠπŸ’—

  2. Fantastic, Harmony! Your words and the imagery of them awaken the heart from the slumber of redundancy, of time stealing time. Thanks so much for sharing this with us. πŸ™‚

  3. This is an amazing poem, Harmony. Powerful writing, my friend! Bravo. βœ¨πŸŽ‰βœ¨

  4. Oh! Gosh Harmony this is so good. I really like your interpretation. My single Etheree is actually along similar lines. A few of us have had the same train of thought. I always make a point of never reading any entries until I have posted. That said I am often delighted by how often we all go along similar lines….then again an other time things will be so diverse! πŸ’œπŸ’œ

    • I love how we each often find synchronicity as well as diversity in our responses. I’m so thrilled you like my Etheree. Thanks, Willow πŸ’•πŸ™‚

  5. Harmony, my tweeter extraordinaire! This is a brilliant double inverted Etheree. That is one of the fun things with shape poetry… the imagery of your words adds to the message. I love how you separated the meaning of the verses. Well done! <3

    • Awesome! Thanks so much, Colleen. I’m happy to help promote these challenges and appreciate you setting them up. Hugs, my friend πŸ’•πŸ™‚

  6. Wow, Harmony. I really loved where you took this and the form you chose. The message is so timely too. I picked this image and I’m finding it hard to write to! Lol. Your poem is wonderful.

  7. very clever, Harmony! I was also considering doing something with the shape/form of the poem, but I couldn’t think of anything! I love what you did with this.