#TANKATUESDAY Weekly #POETRYCHALLENGE #268 #TasteTheRainbow @ColleenChesebro and #NaPoWriMo Day 5 #MertailPentetope #poetry created by Harmony Kent

Hi everyone! πŸ™‚ Today, my poetry is doing double duty: it is a fit for both Colleen’s weekly TankaTuesday challenge and also for Day 5 of the NaPoWriMo April 30-Day challenge. I had some good fun with this!

SO: from NoPoWriMO: Write a poem about a mythical person or creature doing something unusual – or at least something that seems unusual in relation to that person/creature. For example, what does Hercules do when he loses a sock in the dryer? If a mermaid wants to pick up rock-climbing asΒ a hobby, how does she do that? What happens when a mountain troll makes pancakes?

From Tanka Tuesday: Taste the Rainbow syllabic poem. You do not have to write about a rainbow in your poem. Just include a colour in your poem.Β As ever, we need to avoid β€˜ing’ ending words if at all possible.

You can find Colleen’s post HERE.

I’ve chosen to use a new form, which is intended to resemble a mermaids tail (see the diagram). The form I’ve designed is called The Mertail Pentetope and has 15 lines with the following syllable count: 3-4-5-4-3-3-3-2-2-1-1-3-4-2(gap)2-3(gap, gap)3.Β  I’ve used em dashes to show where the gaps go in the last two lines. This poem has a title and can be in any rhyme format.

Note: If this already exists in some form, I haven’t found it.Β 















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“A Bolt from the Blue”


on the rocks


beauty holds her breath

cheeks puffed, face pink

ocean whips

her scaled tail

sailor stares

at this





the mermaid flips

her tailβ€”and asks

can you holdβ€”β€”yours as long?


As soon as I read the instructions for NaPoWriMo, I wanted a mermaid practising holding her breath, seated atop wave splashed rocks. And this also meant I could use alternate words for blue as well, such as “cerulean” and “sailor” and “ocean”. Did you know there are over 144 words for different blues? Here are a few of what I found … blue, indigo, cobalt, azure, celeste, sky, cerulean, teal, ocean, lapis, navy, berry, aegean, admiral, denim, sapphire, artic, turquoise, powder, electric, beau, baby, air force, little boy, tiffany, steel, Carolina, Turkish, maya, independence, cornflower, Egyptian, yale, Prussian, space cadet, imperial, royal, sailor,Β  … and on and on …

I hope you enjoyed this new form of syllabic poetry. Have a lovely day! πŸ™‚


Β© Harmony Kent 2022


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Wow – that’s inventive, Harmony. Love it! πŸ’œ

ben Alexander

Harmony, this poem rocks me – I just love it. And I love the form too!



Loved the mermaid tale!


Yes, I enjoyed it! It’s lovely, with lots of creativity in the form. Well done!


Cerulean–one of my favorite colors–it has to be beautiful!


Wow I do like this πŸ’œπŸ’œ


Fun! I’ve given up on ‘form’ type poems. I know there is another name for them. But they don’t transfer nicely from my documents to WP.


Loved this, and also how you used color to enhance the impact

Roberta Eaton Cheadle

Hi Harmony, this is a beautiful poem. I must think about whether I want to write a poem about a colour this week. I’ve been down an African creature rabbit hole lately.

Harmony, I love the creativity of your new form: The Mertail Pentetope. What fun! This is what writing poetry is all about. I love this so much. <3

Jacquie Biggar

I love the playful tone of this, Harmony. And John is right, you’re amazing!

Sarah David

So much depth to the color blue– another reason it is my favorite. Beautiful poem!

D.L. Finn, Author

Love this, Harmony πŸ™‚

john howell

You are a poetic genius. Not only did you do a great job with the prompts but also inventing a new form. Loved the blue and list of alternatives. Well done.

Priscilla Bettis

Your poem does look like a mermaid tail! That’s so cool. Clever with the different color of text, too. You outdid yourself on this one, Harmony!

Marcia Meara

Your creativity and imagination are fabulous, Harmony! I’m pretty sure I’d never, ever be able to come up with a poem about a mermaid and shaped like a mermaid’s tail! I’m always impressed by your work, but this one really stands out to me! Wonderful! πŸ˜ŠπŸ’–

Mae Clair

Harmony, I loved the poem and how cleverly it’s put together. Blue is also my favorite color, so I loved the visible aspect, too. Bravo!


Blue happens to be my favorite color and I also like mermaids. Love your creativity, Harmony. Thank you for sharing!!

Molly Shea

I love the mermaid tale. Great job.

Diana Peach

Oh what a pretty poem, Harmony. So visual. I loved this.

Annette R Aben

Oh, this is clever! Entertaining and worthy of thunderous applause, dear Harmony!!!

Jan Sikes

This is a style of poetry I’ve never seen, Harmony. I love it! The shape, the words, the amazing visualization. Just fantastic. And who knew there were so many colors of blue?

Staci Troilo

How clever! I love the form and the poem itself. Nicely done, Harmony!

Gwen Plano

This is an amazing poem, Harmony. I love your new form and it is perfect for “A Bolt from the Blue.” πŸ’—

Joan Hall

I like this, Harmony! Great job.

Blue is one of my favorite colors. I knew there were lots of words to describe it but some of those I’d not heard of. Interesting you point this out because yesterday I was looking for a specific word to describe a blue sky.

Yvette M Calleiro

This is awesome! And I absolutely LOVE your new poetry form, Harmony! πŸ™‚


A wonderful tanka and brilliant use of the prompt…love this