Day 23: Magnetic Tanka #NaPoWriMo #playwithpoetryNPM #tankatuesday #SOL19


My #NaPoWriMo Poem-A-Day project is Playing With Poetry. I am tagging along with Margaret Simon, Jone MacCulloch, Molly Hogan, and Mary Lee Hahn. We will be playing with Haikubes, Magnetic Poetry, Metaphor Dice, and Paint Chip Poetry (I raided Home Depot).  I’m even throwing in nail polish color names as inspiration, just for fun! Play along, if you’d like! We are using the Twitter hashtag #playwithpoetryNPM to see what poetic mischief everyone is getting into.

Red, tree, and magic magnets served as the spark for today’s tanka.
A cardinal barely visible from my classroom window.

A peek into my poem and process:

  • I’m obsessed with cardinals. While they are common to our area of the northeast, I don’t see them every day. This makes my rare sightings that more magical.
  • Yesterday, after a very challenging day, one appeared outside my classroom as I sat picking up the pieces of the afternoon. His song (bright red, so I know it’s a he) drifting through my classroom window lifted my mood instantly.
  • Today’s poem is in the tanka form — haiku (5/7/5) with 2 bonus 7/7 lines referring back on the first three.
  • I have yet to take a really good photo of a cardinal, so for now I’ll rely on a great shot in Word Swag.


And now for….

2019 Kidlitosphere Progressive Poem

On April 1, the Poetry Friday family launched the 7th annual Kidlitosphere Progressive Poem organized by author/poet, Irene Latham. (Click here to learn more.) Many of us have signed up to provide a line for the 2019 poem. Author/poet Matt Forrest Esenwine kicked things off with some familiar “found” phrases merged to get us going. Today’s fabulous line from “The Rainbow Connection” (love that song!) comes from Penny Klostermann. You may find her line here on her blog. Participants are having fun song lyrics. I was excited to provide the 14th line on April 14th. You can read it here. I hope you’ll join us to see what happens next! Here’s the itinerary for the rest of the poem.


1 Matt @Radio, Rhythm and Rhyme

2 Kat @Kathryn Apel

3 Kimberly @KimberlyHutmacherWrites

4 Jone @DeoWriter

5 Linda @TeacherDance

6 Tara @Going to Walden

7 Ruth @thereisnosuchthingasagodforsakentown

8 Mary Lee @A Year of Reading

9 Rebecca @Rebecca Herzog

10 Janet F. @Live Your Poem

11 Dani @Doing the Work that Matters

12 Margaret @Reflections on the Teche

13 Doraine @Dori Reads

14 Christie @Wondering and Wandering

15 Robyn @Life on the Deckle Edge

16 Carol @Beyond LiteracyLink

17 Amy @The Poem Farm

18 Linda @A Word Edgewise

19 Heidi @my juicy little universe

20 Buffy @Buffy’s Blog

21 Michelle @Michelle Kogan

22 Catherine @Reading to the Core

23 Penny @a penny and her jots

24 Tabatha @The Opposite of Indifference

25 Jan @Bookseestudio

26 Linda @Write Time

27 Sheila @Sheila Renfro

28 Liz @Elizabeth Steinglass

29 Irene @Live Your Poem

30 Donna @Mainely Write


5 thoughts on “Day 23: Magnetic Tanka #NaPoWriMo #playwithpoetryNPM #tankatuesday #SOL19

  1. Reading this cheery poem was the perfect way to begin my morning…thank you! There is a magic about cardinals for sure…I think they stick around through winter just to help us all get through it. I smile every time I think about you at that table, surrounded by words and colors… xx


  2. I’ve always thought of cardinals as magical and spiritual. They are so bright in the landscape. Your tanka is just right, observation and emotion.


  3. This is really lovely! Your poem got me wondering whether we even have cardinals in my area of South Dakota, so I did a googling and discovered that before 2001, there had been only 3 sightings of cardinals in western SD between 1954 and 2001! Apparently there have been more sightings since 2001 and their numbers are growing, but they’re still incredibly rare. Who knew? Thanks for sending me down a fascinating morning Internet rabbit hole!


  4. Your tanka is lovely, Christie. I agree that cardinals are magical. We always have at least one pair fluttering around our feeder, but I’ve seen as many as three pairs at one time.


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