Poetry by Sarah, Tanka

Ode to Elsie and the Tanka Challenge

One of my favourites,
this challenge taught me how to
Tanka with your prompts.
Celebrate your achievement –
a muse with a century!

By Sarah ©2018

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Image credit Ephraimstochter via Pixabay

Author’s Note: A BIG “thank you” to Elsie Hagley at Ramblings Of A Writer, for all your hard work coordinating the Weekly Tanka Prompt Challenge, over the last 100 weeks. Yours was one of the first prompts I participated in when I started my blogging journey in May last year. I have loved learning how to write Tanka and always looked forward to each Wednesday.

Best wishes for the future Elsie, and I look forward to staying in touch via your blog.

Weekly Tanka Prompt Poetry Challenge, Week 100 – Celebrations and Century

Poetry by Sarah, Tanka

Work Horse

Tirelessly I strive,
to ensure the very best.
Never a kind word;
overlooked for all the rest.
I’m sick of being your work horse…

So I say, “No more”.
It’s now time I walk away.
I will venture out,
stay true, and find my own way.
You will not take my sunshine.

By Sarah ©2018

Prompt: Ramblings Of A Writer, Weekly Tanka Prompt Poetry Challenge, Week 96 – Work and Horse

Poetry by Sarah, Tanka

Darkness of the Deep

Shimmering sunshine
glides across the peaceful blue,
masking those who lurk;
sagaciously awaiting
in the darkness of the deep.

By Sarah ©2018

Prompt: Olivante Poetry, #NaPoWriMo 2018 – Image 11; and also, Ramblings Of A Writer, Weekly Tanka Prompt Poetry Challenge, Week 92 – darkness and peace

Photos by Sarah, Poetry by Sarah, Tanka, Tuesday Photo Challenge

Time

Three years you went on,
embracing old age with grace
all while missing him.
The balance has been restored –
time to be together now.

By Sarah

Prompt: Ramblings Of A Writer, Weekly Tanka Prompt Poetry Challenge, Week 88 – balance and grace; and also, Dutch Goes The Photo, Tuesday Photo Challenge, Week 100 – Time

Poetry by Sarah, Tanka

Going Somewhere?

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Image credit Matthew Smith via Unsplash

Roadworks, traffic, go.
Park the car. Take shuttle bus.
Check in and drop bags.
Gah! Flight delayed! Transport is
an exercise in patience.

By Sarah ©2018

Prompt: Daily Post Daily Prompt – patience; and also, Ramblings Of A Writer, Weekly Tanka Prompt Poetry Challenge, Week 81 – Transport and Exercise

Poetry by Sarah, Tanka

The Road To Hana

Cars, bikes and buses.
Winding; clinging to cliffsides.
Peaceful forest views,
showcasing nature’s wonders,
along the road to Hana.

By Sarah ©2018

Prompt: Daily Post Daily Prompt – Wonder; and also, Ramblings Of A Writer, Weekly Tanka Prompt Poetry Challenge, Week 80 – nature and peace

Poetry by Sarah, Tanka

Uncertain

Undulating road.
Wooden fingers lace, blocking
sunlight. Shadows hide
watchful eyes. Ears catch whispers.
An uncertain path is life.

By Sarah ©2017

Prompt: Bikurgurl, 100 Word Wednesday – Week 48; and also, Ramblings Of A Writer, Weekly Tanka Prompt Challenge, Week 74 – eyes and ears

Poetry by Sarah, Tanka

Lucent Waves

Mornings thick with flies.
Heat radiates lucent waves,
bouncing off the ground.
Top of 35 degrees (C) today!
I wish it was winter still…

By Sarah ©2017

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Image credit PXHere

Prompt: Ramblings Of A Writer, Weekly Tanka Prompt Challenge, Week 73 – mornings and winter, Daily Post Daily Prompt, degree

Poetry by Sarah, Tanka

Snooze

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Image credit Winnond via FreeDigitalPhotos

Alarm drills through dreams.
Grudgingly, eyes peel open;
yet mind stays sluggish.
My daily morning challenge
– not to roll over; hit snooze.

By Sarah ©2017

Prompt: Weekly Tanka Prompt Challenge, Week 72 – morning and challenge

Poetry by Sarah, Tanka

Unwelcome

Image credit James McGill via Unsplash

Preparing calm mind.
Managing stresses of life.
Feeling in control.
When in creeps anxiety;
with unwelcome surprises.

By Sarah ©2017

Prompt: Ramblings Of A Writer, Weekly Tanka Prompt Challenge, Week 69 – Prepare and Surprises

Poetry by Sarah, Tanka

Divided Loyalties

Uncompromising
snow-filled landscape separates
survival from love.
With loyalties divided,
is this artwork or story?

By Sarah ©2017


Author’s Note:This painting is from the Auckland Art Gallery Toi O Tomaki. This is the information plaque about the painting, from the gallery.

 

Prompt: Daily Post Daily Prompt – Uncompromising; and also, Ramblings Of A Writer, Weekly Tanka Prompt Challenge, Week 67 – Landscape and Artwork

Poetry by Sarah, Tanka

Il Colosseo 

Surrounded by crowds,
valiant gladiators
fight until the death.
All that remains, a whisper;
ancient Roman history.

By Sarah ©2017


Image credit By Sarah ©2017

Author’s note: ‘Il Colosseo’ is the Italian name for the Colosseum (or Coliseum). It is also known as the Flavian Amphitheatre and is an oval amphitheatre in the centre of the city of Rome, Italy. Built of concrete and sand, it is the largest amphitheatre ever built. It is situated just east of the Roman Forum.

Prompt: Ramblings Of A Writer, Weekly Tanka Prompt Challenge, Week 64 – surrounded and history