Inspiration Call: Tanka Thursday

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under pregnant moon
tree branches arch towards her
longing for a touch

my silent gaze from afar
never again next to you

If you are interested, the prompt is linked below.

Inspiration Call: Tanka Thursday

A Tanka is a Japanese poem and similar to a Haiku, however it has seven lines. Tankas are nature, seasons, love, and other emotions.  Line one has a five syllable count, line two is seven syllables, line three is five syllables, line four is seven syllables, and line five seven syllables. In total it has thirty one syllables.  It uses simile, metaphor, and personification.

The pattern for Tanka is the following:

Line 1: 5 syllables

Line 2: 7 syllables

Line 3: 5 syllables

Line 4: 7 syllables

Line 5: 7 syllables

Writing tip from: Writing Tips – Exploring The Writer’s Path

Publishing opportunity details for this writing prompt can be found at Open Publishing Projects.

Prompt: Inspiration Call: Tanka Thursday

Weekend Writing Prompt #105 – Denial

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Refuting Rumours

Janice decided her neighbour had lied about her husband kissing his secretary. Her neighbour was trying to sabotage their marriage. She should have known; her neighbour had always been jealous of their relationship.

Sure, they travelled overseas frequently but that was just work. Sure, he sent her home every day but that was just being gentlemanly. Sure, he got the same gifts for Janice and her but that was just a coincidence.

She was not in denial.

(77 words)

I never realised writing 77-word story is so difficult. It is really tough balancing between creating a setting and moving the story forward without losing anything. I sure hope the story packs the punch despite the brevity. And more importantly, it’s not ambiguous…

If you are interested, the prompt is linked below.

The challenge is simple: each week you will be given an exact number of words you can use to write a poem or piece of prose.  You can use any format or style you like; go wherever your inspiration takes you.  The only rules are these:

  • your poem / prose must contain this week’s word.  The word does not have to count towards the exact word count total – it can be in the title, or the first letters of the lines of a poem can spell it out – you can be as creative as you want as long as it’s there somewhere.
  • the length of your poem / prose must match the number of words stated in this week’s challenge.  No more.  No less.

Prompt: Weekend Writing Prompt #105 – Denial

I Write Her Weekly Haiku/Senryu Challenge #18


taken for granted
she cares for the family
faint in the background

It’s Mother’s Day, so this is a tribute to all primary caregivers, mine included. Without her, there is literally no me.

If you are interested, the prompt is linked below.

PLEASE follow them! I’d hate to not see your piece(s) represented in the recap the following week! Confused? Any questions – email me at   
For more detailed information, read about this challenge here.

  • Create a standard three line, 5/7/5 syllable count haiku/senryu
  • Deadline to submit for this week’s challenge will be 12:59pm 5/11/19
  • Up to 3 pieces permitted
  • Link your piece to this “IWH Haiku/Senryu Challenge” on your post
  • Always give photo credit if there is one

Prompt: I Write Her Weekly Haiku/Senryu Challenge #18