#TANKATUESDAY Weekly #POETRYCHALLENGE #285 #Ekphrastic #PhotoPrompt #4-11 @ColleenCheseboro @gmplano

Hi everyone! ๐Ÿ™‚

Today, Iโ€™ve joined Colleenโ€™s weekly TankaTuesday challenge, which asks for us to create an Ekphrastic syllabic poem based on a photo prompt. Reena Saxena provided a piece of her artwork for this weekโ€™s challenge ย โ€ฆ

Pieces of colourful fabric overlaid with a cloth butterfly on top


I loved the new form of 4-11 created by Gwen Plano,ย so much that I used it again this week.

The 4-11 poetic form has 11 lines of 4 syllables each, and the first line repeats on the last line.

You can find Colleenโ€™s post HERE.

Hereโ€™s my take โ€ฆ


Fabric of Life


A patchwork quilt

Warp overlaid

Stitches undoneย 

Shifted and shaped

Nap rearranged


From chrysalisย 

To butterfly

Freely expressed

Myriad choice

A patchwork quilt

Todayโ€™s poem, as happened last week, can be read from bottom to top as well as top to bottom. I hope you enjoyed today’s poetry. Have a lovely day! ๐Ÿ™‚


ยฉ Harmony Kent 2022


46 Comments on “#TANKATUESDAY Weekly #POETRYCHALLENGE #285 #Ekphrastic #PhotoPrompt #4-11 @ColleenCheseboro @gmplano

  1. How interesting that you saw it as a patchwork quilt, Harmony. Now that you say it, it does look like that and in fact, reminds me of a puffer jacket. Lovely poem!

  2. I love this, Harmony! Beautifully stitched together. ๐Ÿ™‚โค๏ธ

  3. Incredibly clever, Harmony – especially the dynamic between the lines that start with ‘to’ and ‘from’ – that’s just ingenious!


  4. Superb! I like the idea of ‘stitches undone’. It leads to reconstruction.

  5. I like Gwenโ€™s poetry form too! Your poem is so good! Your take on Reenaโ€™s artwork is unique, but as soon as I read the word patchwork it made total sense to me. Excellent!๐Ÿฅฐ

  6. I am always amazed at the patchwork quilt patterns. So different and yet some similar. It just depends on ‘your’ scraps.

    Here in Amish country… we see quite a few patchwork quilts hanging on the lines at Amish farms ๐Ÿ™‚

    Nicey word-stitched!

  7. So beautiful, Harmony. I love it! You’ve captured the movement of life in your poem – as seen in this image. Well done, my friend! โค๏ธ

  8. Love this, Harmony. Our lives are beautiful patchworks, some tattered, some lace, all lovely <3

    • Thatโ€™s the first thing that came to mind when I saw it. Thanks, Molly ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Excellent poem, Harmony. I love how you saw a patchwork quilt, and how you fit the natural world within the folds. The 4-11 form is really a lovely one to write. ๐Ÿ’œ