#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


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Ah, great poem and good to learn a new word too. I like turquoise too.

sally cronin

Fabulous Harmony.. I love Turquoise and I think this is a wonderful poetry format.

ben Alexander

Harmony, I feel like that’s not an easy color to write about, but you did it so beautifully…



A very interesting form!
And the message so true!


I like the rhyme of it, a strong poem like the turquoise colour!


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

DG Kaye

Powerful words Harmony. And well done with this tricky form of poetry. And yes to turqoise! <3


This looks like a complicated form, but you’ve made it flow.

Natalie Ducey

Powerful, Harmony! Thanks for sharing another gem. πŸ™‚


Harmony this is an absolute stunner it makes us think. Well done it’s perfect πŸ’œ

Jacquie Biggar

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

D.L. Finn, Author

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

Joan Hall

I’m continually amazed at how poems can so much with so few words. Great job, Harmony.

Roberta Eaton Cheadle

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

Diana Peach

That form looks so complex, Harmony. I wouldn’t even try it. But you pulled it off with a beautiful poem. Well done.

Tzvi Fievel

This poem demonstrates compassion towards those who are haughty,
and is insightful overall. Reminds me of scripture.


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.

Colleen Chesebro

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


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

Balroop Singh

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!

Molly Shea

I enjoyed this poem, and the color is one of my favorites.

Annette Rochelle Aben

Well played, Harmony! You chose an interesting format and delivered in top form.


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

Yvette M Calleiro

Love it, Harmony! I love how you didn’t use the color but all the effects of it. πŸ™‚

Ruth Klein

Wow! A very difficult form! Well done!!

Jan Sikes

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

Mae clair

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!

Priscilla Bettis

I’ll have to use “affiche” in a few sentences today. It’s a new word for me, too!

Staci Troilo

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.