#TANKATUESDAY Weekly #POETRYCHALLENGE #263 #Tastetherainbow @SyllabicPoetry @ColleenChesebro #Tanka
Hi everyone! 🙂
Today, I’ve joined Colleen’s weekly TankaTuesday challenge, which asks for any syllabic form based on “Taste the rainbow—colour poetry”. The colour is “Green”.
Colleen gave us some extras too … “You’ll receive bonus points if you don’t use the name: green. You’ll also receive bonus points if you can also incorporate a different meaning for the word green in your poem.”
You can find Colleen’s post HERE.
I’ve chosen a Tanka this week. This is the first time I’ve written a Tanka, as far as I can remember! Tanka have a syllable count of 5-7-5-7-7 for each of the five lines. Tanka are not titled and do not rhyme. They are usually written in first person and have a pivot on line three, but as per Colleen’s cheat sheet, this is optional and can happen anywhere if at all.
land no longer the colour
made when mixed—now stained
with the blood of aggressors
verdant, crushed—vilified troops
I’ve had fun with a play on words with the two meanings of “Verdant” for both vegetation and unripe in experience or judgement. See the dictionary definition below:
I hope you enjoyed this Tanka, which is a tribute to Ukraine and the atrocities being committed there.
**I meant to add that many of the Russian troops are conscripted and young and were told they were simply doing exercises. Also that the Ukrainians wanted their help. So many are horrified and scared themselves. And have been betrayed by Putin. Another reason for the “unripe” use of Verdant.**
Have a lovely day! 🙂
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