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Waiting for Spring (Colleen’s Weekly #Poetry Challenge – #Tanka)

I endure winter

Until the frost melts away

And the warmth returns

Easter and St. Patrick’s Day

Mark the verdant days of spring!

My response to Colleen Chesebro‘s Weekly Poetry Challenge #75: Patience & Green. The twist is to only use synonyms for the prompt words! For this challenge, I chose to write a tanka about spring. I hope you enjoy the poem! Thanks for the prompt, Colleen!

Ode to My Greatest Supporter

Of all the men I’ve held dear in my heart,
Who’ve seen me at my best and at my worst,
You’re still the one who always tops the chart
Because you were the one to love me first.

Your words of wisdom taught me what was right.
Your humor made me laugh throughout the years.
Your discipline served as a guiding light
To chase my dreams and conquer all my fears.

And when I think of everything you’ve done
To help me find success in all I do,
I’m grateful to have always had someone
As loving and as generous as you.

To the best father any girl has had:
I hope you have a Happy Birthday, Dad!

Happy Birthday to my awesome father! Thank you for always supporting my dream to be a writer! I love you!

Only Yours

Believe me, love, when I say
Everything I feel for you is real.

My life changed after you came into it.
You’re the only one for me.

Virtually every moment of my life has
Always been leading me to you.
Love as strong as this was inevitable
Ever since the moment we met.
Now I know the meaning of
True love and all the happiness it brings.
I adore you from the bottom of my heart.
Never doubt my devotion, love;
Every last bit of my heart is yours!

A Year in Heaven

The year I’ve spent with you
Has been the greatest of my life,
A perfect, sweet reward
For our seven years of strife.

The distance was a trial
That year by year we passed,
But it was worth the wait
To be in your arms at last.

Nobody has the power
To make me laugh and smile
The way you always do
With your charming, witty style.

I love how much we share
And how much we think the same.
Forget expensive date nights;
Let’s just stay home and game!

You share in all my laughter
And hold me when I cry.
You make me feel so special
And don’t even have to try.

That’s all the proof I need
That our love is really true:
The year I’ve spent in Heaven
Living happily with you!

Happy Valentine’s Day to my loving boyfriend! Thank you for the most wonderful year of living together! I look forward to many more to come! I love you!

The Things I Didn’t Know

I didn’t know
The world could be
So beautiful.

I didn’t know
There were so many colors
In the sky,
In the trees,
In the earth.

I didn’t know
Music is everywhere,
Life is poetry,
And magic is real.

I didn’t know
Distance is just a word,
That some forces
Are stronger
Than miles of empty space.

I didn’t know
Waiting could be so hard,
And yet so worth it
In the end.

I didn’t know
Anyone would wait
So many years
Just to be with me.

I didn’t know
I could be
So in love
And still fall deeper
Every day.

But then again,
There were many things
I didn’t know
Before I met you.

Scribing Legends (Colleen’s Weekly #Poetry Challenge – #Tanka)

Everyday musings

Turn themselves to works of art

Scribbled on the page

Still I chase that fantasy

To craft the perfect story!

My response to Colleen Chesebro‘s Weekly Poetry Challenge #68: Myth & Write. The twist is to only use synonyms for the prompt words! For this challenge, I chose to write a tanka about creativity. I hope you enjoy the poem! Thanks for the prompt, Colleen!

Amusing Hunch (Colleen’s Weekly #Poetry Challenge – #Tanka)

Never think too hard

Take a leap on just a hunch

All is but a game

Don’t be afraid to have fun

Life is what you make of it!

My response to Colleen Chesebro‘s Weekly Poetry Challenge #67: Play & Guess. The twist is to only use synonyms for the prompt words! For this challenge, I chose to write a playful tanka. I hope you enjoy the poem! Thanks for the prompt, Colleen!

Said No Writer Ever

I have the most fantastic story idea!
I just know it’ll make a bestselling novel!
I can’t wait for everyone to read it!
Said no writer ever.

I’m loving every single day of writing!
The words come out exactly right every time!
I can’t believe how perfect my first draft turned out!
Said no writer ever.

Editing is so much fun!
I’m so proud of what I’ve written!
Every change I make feels so right!
Said no writer ever.

Self-publishing is a piece of cake!
Book cover design and formatting are easy!
Everything is going so smoothly!
Said no writer ever.

All this marketing is a breeze!
People are already flocking to buy my first book!
Writing is the easiest job in the world!
Said no writer ever.

Writing is the worst!
I hate writing stories that nobody reads!
I swear, I’m giving up writing forever!
Said no writer ever.

Starting Over

Another year has ended,
A new one will begin.
So I’m starting over now
‘Cause I want to try again.

I wouldn’t call it “awful”,
My Twenty Seventeen,
But let’s just say it often felt
Like one long horror scene.

I am proud of my achievements
For the courage that they took.
I moved in with my boyfriend
And I started my own book!

Still, last year was a trial.
It was tough to make it through.
So I’m grateful for this feeling
That I get to start anew.

And no offense, of course,
If for you it was “the best”,
But most agree that last year
Wasn’t happy for “the rest”.

So here’s to new beginnings
And a fresh start full of cheer.
May this one find you better!
Have a wonderful new year!

A Most Surreal Year

A most surreal year it’s been,
As everyone has seen.
But we expected just as much
In Twenty Seventeen.

For after such a train wreck
Of a year that was the last,
It only stands to reason
That we’d feel we’ve aged so fast!

We’ve seen the worst offenses made
Against democracy
And been forced to endure the most
Blatant hypocrisy.

Some relatives think all is fine,
Or so they boast with pride.
(I smile at them politely
While I’m screaming deep inside.)

Yet though current events have put
My patience to the test,
Far from the worst of all my years,
For me, this was the best!

I left the world I knew behind
To start my life anew.
And every day, I’m grateful
To be with my love so true.

I’ve worked as hard as ever
To achieve my author dreams.
(It’s true that writing novels
Is much harder than it seems.)

So here’s to one more year past as
A brand new one draws near.
May Twenty Eighteen prove to be
A less surreal year!

About J.C. Wolfe

J.C. Wolfe is a fiction writer, biologist, and aspiring novelist of science fantasy and romance. A natural-born American and graduate in Marine Ecology from a university in Brazil, J.C. now writes for a living in California while spending free time blogging and penning stories and poetry.

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