Category Archives: Etheree

bitter sweetness

bitter sweetness

when she thinks
of simpler times
before life became
complicated, before
the world split into two
when blood was thick and skin was deep
and love bore all things and believed all things...
smiles, though remembering breaks her heart


An Etheree for Colleen’s Tanka Tuesday 
Theme prompt based on the poem below by Sue Vincent. 

clouds cover the moon,
beyond dawn's pale horizon
sun rises unseen

©2020 Sue Vincent

Clean Slate

we can dispense with negativity
cling to hope, remember to be kind
stay true to who we are, speak truth
celebrate diversity
though we have lost our way
it is not too late
to makes things new
it’s a


An Etheree for Colleen Chesebro’s Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challenge, Synonyms Only: Begin – start; Fresh – new.

Keeping the Peace

should not
concede what
we know to be
true, just to keep peace,
nor honor that which is
dishonorable, lest we
fall short of our best selves, instead
may we remember that agreeing
to disagree won’t do when truth’s at stake


An Etheree for Colleen Chesebro’s Weekly Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challenge, Prompt Words (Synonyms Only): Celebrate honor, remember and Number concede, agree.

Pleasant Read – A Reverse Etheree

it’s between the lines, the truest words dwell
skimmers who riffle miss the fine print,
the loveliest thoughts are not ink
blots on pages, the writer’s
exquisite intention,
is deciphered by
those who peruse
with their heart
and their


A Reverse Etheree for Colleen Chesebro’s Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challenge, Synonyms Only for this week’s prompt words: pleasant, fine, lovely, exquisite, and read, decipher, peruse, skim, riffle.

Calling on (Better) Angels

my dears
to all things
good, lovely, true,
averse to the lies
of gutless fools intent
on arousing fear, stoking hate,
for their disdain and self loathing
belongs in the boneyard forever
quiet, silenced by our better angels


An Etheree this week for Colleen Chesebro’s Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challenge, Synonyms Only, Prompt words: Afraid: gutless, aroused, averse, and Grave, boneyard, cleave, quiet.

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