#TANKATUESDAY Weekly #POETRYCHALLENGE #272 #TasteTheRainbow @ColleenChesebro #Diablo

Hi everyone! πŸ™‚

Today, I’ve joined Colleen’s weekly TankaTuesday challenge, which asks for us to create a syllabic poem based on colour.Β 

As ever, we need to avoid β€˜ing’ ending words if at all possible.

You can find Colleen’s post HERE.


I chose to try a Diablo. I haven’t attempted this kind of poetry before, so this is new territory for me. Diabolo is a poetry form invented by Dennis William Turner, writing on All Poetry as Dennisturner19.Β His specifications and an example:

  • A poem of two, six-line, iambic stanzas.
  • Each stanza:
    • Lines 1,2,4 and 5, iambic tetrameter with rhymes at syllables 6 and 8.
    • Lines 3 and 6, iambic Dimeter with rhymes at syllables 2 and 4.
  • Rhyme scheme:
    • (a,b,)(a,b,)(c,d,)(e,f,)(e,f,)(c,d, )
    • (g,h,)(g,h,)(i,j,)(k,l,)(k,l,)(i,j, )


Many thanks to https://poetscollective.org/poetryforms/tag/rhymed/ for their great explanation and example of a Diablo. Here’s my effort:


Push and Pull


The boaster and the braggart do

All destroy peace, and gag and spew

Hate and disdain.

Even though they do wish for love,

Their need makes them selfish and rough,

Lone, shunned, in pain.


Whereas those who give love and life,

Find sustenance enough and rife.

All they could wish.

Peace and empathy change the world,

Give the freedom to range unfurled,

Free, gay, affiche.


I followed one of Colleen’s links about the symbolism of colour, and perhaps, it’s no coincidence that Turquoise is one of my absolute favourite shades of all time. Here’s what Colour Meanings has to say about Turquoise:

“The color of calmness and clarity. Turquoise stabilizes emotions and increases empathy and compassion. It emits a cool calming peace, gives us a boost of positive mental energy that improves concentration and clarifies our mind, and creates a balance that clears the path to spiritual growth.”


Turquoise Color Meaning Infographic



I hope you enjoyed today’s poetry. I learnt a new word with this too: Affiche, which in its verb form, means “To parade, to advertise, publicise; to display, show.” Have a lovely day! πŸ™‚


Β© Harmony Kent 2022


58 Comments on “#TANKATUESDAY Weekly #POETRYCHALLENGE #272 #TasteTheRainbow @ColleenChesebro #Diablo

  1. I’ve like how you used the color theme without actually using the color.
    An apropos piece as well.

    Thanks for stopping by my post on the prompt~ Jules

  2. My hubby’s eyes are turquoise πŸ™‚
    This is a fitting poem for the times we live in, Harmony. It’s true, peace and empathy can change the world <3

    • I’d have married those turquoise eyes for sure! Thanks, Jacquie πŸ’•πŸ™‚

  3. I love how you made a contrast of the opposite ends. Love it. I’m a huge fan of turquoise too.

  4. Hi Harmony, I love the theme of this poem. It is very thought provoking.

  5. Beautifully written, Harmony, and I love the Diablo poetry form. Thank you for introducing me to a new word and turquoise is one of my favorite colors too.

  6. Harmony, I love the color turquoise, too. It sure gave me great insight into your personality. LOL! I think you did a wonderful job with your Diablo poem. It’s a new form for me and ugh… those iambic stanzas get me every time. LOL! I had to look up affiche! Bravo! <3

  7. Wonderful, Harmony! And thank you for a new word! β€οΈπŸ™‚

  8. Harmony, I admire your talent of venturing into new forms and getting wonderful results! Concentrating on the symbolic meaning of colors is indeed a challenge. Well done!

    • That’s so wonderful of you to say! Thanks so much, Balroop πŸ’•πŸ™‚

  9. Amazing poem, Harmony. You’ve captured passion and its movement in our lives. As well, the antidote, beautiful turquoise. I love it! πŸ’™

  10. Another fabulous response to the prompt, Harmony. I love the symbolism of Turquoise and it is one of my favorite colors as well.

  11. Nicely done poem, Harmony. I love the contrast between the two stanzas. So glad you explained affiche. I would have had to look that one up!

    Turquoise is one of my favorite colors too. It always makes me think of summer and the tropics!

  12. I think I need to repaint my house in various shades of turquoise!

    Great job with the poem, Harmony. I never saw that form before, and you handled it brilliantly.

    • Lols! So glad you enjoyed the poem. Thanks, Staci πŸ’•πŸ™‚