November 2021 Poetry Challenge

Time for the monthly poetry challenge. In November, we’ll write Japanese tanka poetry with a celestial theme: solar system, galaxy, dark matter, stars, planets, sun, whichever opens your eyes in wonder. The format of a tanka is five lines; the number of syllables is 5, 7, 5, 7 then 7 again.

Reto poético de noviembre 2021: Ahora empieza el reto poético del mes. En noviembre, escribiremos poesía japonesa que se llama tanka con un tema celestial: sistema solar, galaxia, materia oscura, estrellas, planetas, el sol, cualquier que te parezca maravilloso. El formato de un poema tanka es de cinco líneas; en cuanto a los números de sílabas son 5, 7, 5, 7 y 7 de nuevo.

Barred Spiral Galaxy Photo: Hubble Telescope, NASA 2004

Polvo celestial

5 El cielo parece lejos
7 Es algo inalcanzable
5 Como hormiga ando
7 Desconociendo mi ser
7 Hecho de estrellas está

–Rebecca Cuningham, 6 noviembre 2021

Translation: Celestial Dust

5 The heavens seem far
7 Completely unreachable
5 I walk like an ant
7 Without knowing my being
7 Is made of the stars themselves

–Rebecca Cuningham, 6 November 2021

Your theme is the stars, galaxy, universe… Please make a G-rated poem. If you are a blogger, please publish your poem on your website and link to this page by Sunday, 16 November. If you are a poet at large, please post your poem below by 16 November. I will publish a post with all your poems next Tuesday, 18 November. Come join in! Thank you and happy writing! ¡Olé! –Rebecca

El tema es los astros, la galaxia, el universo… Favor de escribir un poema para todas las audiencias. Los escritores que tengan su propio sitio web, favor de publicar tu poema en tu blog y haz un enlace a este artículo antes del 16 noviembre. Los escritores que sean damas y caballeros andantes, favor de añadir tu poema a los comentarios abajo antes del 16 noviembre. Publicaré un artículo con todos los poemas el próximo martes, 18 noviembre. ¡Inscríbete! ¡Gracias y feliz proceso de escribir! ¡Olé! –Rebecca

Rebecca Cuningham

33 thoughts on “November 2021 Poetry Challenge

    1. The line breaks did not show up in the comments. Just reposting my tanka so that you can see the breaks:
      how high the heart soars/

      beyond events horizon/

      when hope’s magic/

      eclipses the heavens in/

      a November beaver moon.

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  1. Oh bother! I must get my effort in today as tomorrow’s super-busy. Sorry, no time to incorporate it into a blog post. I’ve struggled with this – mood change in the third line and all that. But you force me out of my comfort zone and I really appreciate that, Rebecca. It’s the best way to learn, and I’m definitely going to persist.

    A meeting – going out.
    I’ve got my coat, my bag, notes.
    But wait. Above me
    glows the moon, a perfect globe
    in a black sky, girdled by stars.

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