Dare to Choose #TankaTuesday

Pixabay image by Pretty Sleepy

Dare to Choose


doorways beckon

gears and pistons fastened

we seek a master’s silver key

to click



we brave of heart

silence snaps with a snick

cogs whir and teeth weave as hands tick

time twirls


in loops

knobs thump, rings spin

through creamy clouds of steam

oil and grease, wheels whirl, and rust flakes

doors break



to infinite

portals, countless choices

through keyholes we peek before doors 

creak closed



the gyrations

clockwork machinations

we wield the ancient key and dare

to choose


I had the pleasure of choosing the image for February’s Ekphrastic prompt, and then struggled mightily to write for it! This poem is a Crown Cinquain, five stanzas, each with syllable count of 2/4/6/8/2.

The weekly #TankaTuesday syllabic poetry challenge is the brainstorm of Colleen at Wordcraft Poetry. Think about joining in. It’s great fun.

158 thoughts on “Dare to Choose #TankaTuesday

  1. Erik says:

    Of course, you know I’m on board from the word “Choose.” Your word/sound choices really carried the feel of moving cogs, and I love the “puzzle” element of the rhyme scheme as well. On top of it all, even in its brevity, it’s engrossing and complete. (I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: you should consider releasing a book of your poetry.)

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    • Oh, you’re so kind to me, Erik. I have 9 years of blogging poetry and flash stories, so at times, I’ve considered an anthology of the best ones, just to have them recorded. Maybe I’ll wait until I have a decade! πŸ™‚ It was wonderful to see you pop over. I hope you’re well, my friend, and enjoying the warming weather. Hugs.

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  2. Dalo 2013 says:

    You do weave words together so well, a wonderful poem and with the structure and your creativity it seems more intricate than a clock πŸ™‚ Beautiful work, Diana.

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  4. Hi Diana, this is a wonderful and imaginative poem. Well done.

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  5. Good choice of image, Diana! It looks like one of your book covers. I bet the ancient treasure behind the door is the reward of the choice. Very nice story.

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    • Thanks, Miriam. I’m glad you enjoyed the poem. I like thinking about our lives as a long long list of choices, each one setting a new direction in small or big ways. The journey is the treasure I think. πŸ™‚ Have a lovely day, my friend. Choose something wonderful.


      • I agree with you, Diana. Each choice could make a difference. Some choices are just different but may not be good or bad. We can always improvise and make something beautiful out of them. Have a wonderful day, my friend. 😊


  6. Nice! Feels like you went a little steampunk this week, Diana!

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  7. dgkaye says:

    Wow, such an intriguing story you created from this photoprompt Diana. ❀

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  8. So well done. I’m sure I’ve said this before, but you make it look so easy. πŸ™‚

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  9. I dare myself to choose and try this crown cinquain. Under the shadow of my own closed door, because heaven’s above, I couldn’t come close to this masterpiece (mistresspiece?) Well done. Tick tick tick.

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