Ekphrastic Tanka and Ekphrastic Microfiction:#TankaTuesday

We’re here at #TankaTuesday again! Colleen Chesebro’s prompt this week is to write an ekphrastic poem about this painting.

I am rushed for time, so I wrote a tanka since I feel familiar with the form.

This summer Sunday

lie upon the riverbank

and observe movements

of waterfowl and fishers,

neighbor’s herd and young lovers.  

I have a creepy ekphrastic timed (one hour max) microfiction piece up at Visual Verse. If you like creepy in small doses, here is the link and the image that inspired the story:


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39 responses to “Ekphrastic Tanka and Ekphrastic Microfiction:#TankaTuesday

  1. Your poem goes perfectly with the photo! πŸ™‚

  2. Oh Luanne, you little devil, you with your Kindness of Strangers…I can picture you smiling as you wrote it!

  3. Your tanka captures the essence of the painting, Luanne.
    And congrats again on the VV piece!

  4. This is beautiful Luanne πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ

  5. The scene captured so well Luanne πŸ’•

  6. You’ve written the perfect bucolic poem for the perfect bucolic painting. I took a certain satisfaction in the creepy microfiction piece. (Don’t tell anybody.)

  7. Did you write that poem in a hurry? It looks perfect to me, Luanne. <3

    • I did write it in a hurry! But I have been practicing so much the last few years that I am pretty fast. The Verse Virtual prompts–they give you an hour, but it takes me 20 minutes. Thanks, Miriam!

  8. The story behind the pic was kinda funny, you devil.

  9. I love this painting and your words make it even more special! Your story was so creepy! I loved it!

  10. I enjoyed the invitation of the tanka. I also enjoyed you VV story. That’s why I don’t trust *anyone*! You just never know…

    • Yes, “invitation”–well put!!!Haha, no, we can’t trust anyone. They might be a crazy old lady who is sick of bratty kids ;).

  11. Beautiful tanka

  12. Enjoyed the poem and the creepy story both!

  13. Great poem, Luanne! And I loved your creepy story. Your character’s voice was brilliant!

    Yvette M Calleiro πŸ™‚

  14. A lovely tranquil poem to go with the painting and your creepy poem is deliciously wicked πŸ™‚

  15. Hi Luanne, the piece was very good. Lovely and creepy. The poem was quite a contrast, very pretty.

  16. The tanka is a perfect fit with the painting, and The Kindness of Strangers … indeed, quite creepy. I like creepy πŸ˜‰ Congrats on the publication!

  17. Luanne,

    you may have written this quickly, but it came out so very lovely!

    much love,

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