Tanka Tuesday by Colleen Chesbro

Oh No! What have I gotten myself into!

Its all Colleens fault!

I wanted to try something different from me, not sure what I did here. Reading Colleen about her suggestion of either “found OR magnetic poetry” OR Golden Shovel but below is where I found the poems in a child’s poetry book. Also, a little about the authors and their works.
To get the syllables to work, I had to change the words here and there; anyway, thank you for your patience in reading this!

First line from poem by Jack Prelutsky
Every bee
ever was
was partly 
sting and partly ... buzz.
Second Line  poet Laura Richards
I dreamed I was a cave boy
And lived in a cave, 
A mammoth for my saddle horse,
A monkey for my slave.
And through the tree-fern forests.
A-riding I would go,
When I was once a cave boy, 
A million years ago. 
Third Line  poet Eugene Field
his poem The Sugar-Plum Tree
There are marshmallows, gumdrops, and peppermint canes, 
etc. etc In the garden of Shut-Eye Town.

Fifth Line —Someone came came knocking poet Walter DeLa Mare

poet Rebecca McCann
So out ran young Joe,
Acting foolish and wild,
And everyone watched him
But nobody smiled.  
Same unknown poet who composed poem titled
The Light-Hearted Fairy — Oh, who is so merry so merry, heigh ho!
As the light-hearted fairy? Heigh-ho, Heigh ho
He dances and sings 
to the sound of his wings
Poet William Allingham Poem titled the Fairies
Down along the rocky shore
Some make their home
they live on crispy pancakes 
My line was taken from Wynken, Blynken, and Nod by Eugene Field
Sailed off in a wooden shoe

and finally, that last line was taken from The Merry-Go-Round by poet Myra Cohn Livingston
The merry-go-round
whirls round and round
in a giant circle on the ground. 
And the horses run 
an exciting race
while the wind blows music in your face 
Then the whole world spins
to a colored tune
but the ride is over much too soon


Every bee that ever was
 Lived a million years ago
 In the Garden of Shut-Eye
 Someone did appear knocking
 But only nobody smiled
 To the sound of fuzzy wings
 They lived on crispy pancakes
 Sailed off in a wooden shoe
 The ride was over too soon

6 thoughts on “Oh No! What have I gotten myself into!”

    1. Thank you so much Marsha, I apologize for not participating in your prompts, it is just that I am trying to do too much lately. I Will get back to your fun inspirations soon enough, and yet this one here from Colleen took a lot of my time, especially since I didn’t know for sure what I was doing, it was a learning experience.

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      1. I hear exactly what you are saying, Myrna. It took me a long time to learn how to write the poetry, too. I had to concentrate a lot. I started with the simple cinquains. 575 syllables or even easier, 232. It does take a lot of concentration to learn a new skill like that. 🙂

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