“Fake News,” #Tanka

This Tanka poem by Colleen M. Chesebro, “Fake News” says something so true, so real, in such an elegant and intellectual way that it soothes the pain of knowing we live in a time of “Fake News”.

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This week, I shared my ideas about writing political poetry. You can read that article HERE. Political poetry is difficult to write. You don’t want to preach, but you also want to get your feelings across to others. How do you do that?

To start, you can choose a topic that brings you the most outrage. From there, describe how that topic affects you – what you believe in, and how that makes you feel.

For my weekly poetry challenge, I chose to write about fake news using the Tanka form. I like the Tanka because you can assemble your thoughts into short bursts, which I think resemble fake news phrases. At least, that was my intent.

Those two little words (fake news) do more damage to our freedoms than any other. If we can’t believe what we hear from our elected officials, where does that leave us?

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Karen DeMers Dowdall

Karen DeMers Dowdall was born in West Hartford, Connecticut. She has lived in Taiwan, Saudi Arabia, and England. Karen has a PhD, MSN, BSN, RN in Nursing from Florida Atlantic University. “Books of every genre teach us about life, how we think, and view the world." She has written poems and little short stories since she was a child. Karen loves art, she enjoys drawing, painting in oils, pastels, colored pencils, and doing portraiture. She has also taken ballet, Jazz, and modern dance since she was three years old and owned her own dance studio.

8 thoughts on ““Fake News,” #Tanka

    1. Colleen, I know. It is so scary, sad, cruel, and so very disillusioning about 38% of Americans who approve of the Demon in the White House and his evil cohorts, planning more diabolical evils. Just remember Evil never wins for long. Karen 🙂

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    1. Yes, Colleen is fantastic at Tanka, Haiku and so many other forms of poetry. I can do Haiku, but I am so busy writing and researching…plus summer things that I am obligated to do. I have little time for poetry right now. How about you? Are you writing? Karen 🙂

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      1. Yes, I’m writing (not as much as I would like to, of course). I’ve gone back to a handful of short stories that editors have suggested needed to be revised, and I’m working on those. Thanks for asking!

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      2. Well, revision….I don’t even l like the word, but it is so necessary, I know. However, since your editors need revisions done, I would say that is a very good thing indeed. Perhaps, a book of short stories is in the future?
        For me, I am not a poet, although I have a few, but none I could label as any specific style. I rather stay with short stories and the occasional novel. You are already an accomplished writer and author of serious literary expertise.


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