Morning Warmth

Weekly Tanka Prompt Poetry Challenge Week 110 – Water & Thirst

The “Weekly Tanka Challenge Prompt” is now also a Poetry Challenge (any form).

Morning Warmth

thirst for season’s change
grows stronger with each passing day
can taste Autumn’s near
its water filling my soul
like warm cup of morning tea

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River’s Call – Gogyohka Poem

Weekly Tanka Prompt Poetry Challenge Wk #109 – Mystery & Pondering

Use the weekly poetry prompt “mystery & pondering”  to write a poem – any form, your choice, also please feel free to substitute these prompt words with a “synonym”.

A Gogyohka Poem is modern way of writing a Tanka poem.  Gogyohka is a new form of poetry which has been developed in Japan. Gogyohka simply means verse which is written in five lines, but each line generally represents one phrase and has a different feel to five-line verse commonly found in Western poetry.  You can find more detailed information at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai.

River's Call

man and dog
their mystery awaits
where to travel next
following river’s call

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Breath Of Peace

MLMM Heeding Haiku With Chevrefeuille – Troiku

Weekly Tanka Prompt Poetry Challenge Wk 108 – Paloma & Imagination

The “Weekly Tanka Challenge Prompt” is now also a Poetry Challenge (any form).  Please feel free to substitute these prompt words with a “synonym”.

Paloma – Dove; a symbol of Peace

Imagination – vision

A Troiku Poem is based on a Haiku and to form the Troiku, each line from the Haiku is used to create 3 more Haikus.  For more detailed information and example click the first link above.

Breath Of Peace

the symbol of peace
a dove of holy beauty
vision of breath

the symbol of peace
descends upon and within
soul’s tranquility

a dove of holy beauty
divine in every aspect
untainted and pure

vision of breath
breathing life force into us
sustained eternal

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Taking A Cue From Opposite Friends

Weekly Tanka Prompt Poetry Challenge Wk 105 – Peace & Happiness

The “Weekly Tanka Challenge Prompt” is now also a Poetry Challenge (any form).

Taking A Cue From Opposite Friends

Opposite friends come together
friends that the world says
should hate each other
the stronger friend carries
the other on its back
together in love and harmony
going through life setting
the example for humans
to follow…

Two opposite friends who
have nothing in common
except one thing;
an unbiased attitude
now imagine if humanity
would take its cue from
these two friends…
the world would be abundant
with peace and happiness!

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A Monument Of Beauty And Perseverance – Bussokusekika Poem

Weekly Tanka Prompt Poetry Challenge – Week 104 – Beauty & Monument

The “Weekly Tanka Challenge Prompt” is now also a Poetry Challenge (any form).

This weeks challenge is a true story of a monument (pictured below) built one stone at a time by this man:  Ferdinand Cheval (19 April 1836 – 19 August 1924) was a French postman who spent thirty-three years of his life building Le Palais idéal (the “Ideal Palace”) in Hauterives.  The Palace is regarded as an extraordinary example of naïve art architecture. 

Cheval began the building in April 1879. He reported:

I was walking very fast when my foot caught on something that sent me stumbling a few meters away, I wanted to know the cause. In a dream I had built a palace, a castle or caves, I cannot express it well… I told no one about it for fear of being ridiculed and I felt ridiculous myself. Then fifteen years later, when I had almost forgotten my dream, when I wasn’t thinking of it at all, my foot reminded me of it. My foot tripped on a stone that almost made me fall. I wanted to know what it was… It was a stone of such a strange shape that I put it in my pocket to admire it at my ease. The next day, I went back to the same place. I found more stones, even more beautiful, I gathered them together on the spot and was overcome with delight… It’s a sandstone shaped by water and hardened by the power of time. It becomes as hard as pebbles. It represents a sculpture so strange that it is impossible for man to imitate, it represents any kind of animal, any kind of caricature.

I said to myself: since Nature is willing to do the sculpture, I will do the masonry and the architecture”

For the next thirty-three years, Cheval picked up stones during his daily mail round and carried them home to build the Palais idéal. He spent the first twenty years building the outer walls. At first, he carried the stones in his pockets, then switched to a basket. Eventually, he used a wheelbarrow. He often worked at night, by the light of an oil lamp.

The Palais is a mix of different styles with inspirations from Christianity to Hinduism. Cheval bound the stones together with lime, mortar and cement.


this unique design
one third of a century
to be completed
began one stone at a time
a postman who had a dream
made the dream reality