Colleen’s Weekly #Poetry Challenge # 37 – SMOKE & VEIL #Tanka #micropoetry


The prompt words this week are smoke and veil. They fit in beautifully with a particular character in my book : Book 1 – The Curse of Time – The Bloodstone which I am currently formatting with a planned release date to be confirmed this August…

The particular character I have in mind looks a bit like the young man in the photo below…. I shall be doing a character interview post soon.

Photo courtesy of my keen photographer daughter Georgina. Thank you to  J. English, (media studies, drama student,) for agreeing to be our model!



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Marje @ Kyrosmagica

Hi. Welcome to my blog: M J Mallon - Kyrosmagica Publishing. A blog about magic, books, writing, laughter, and much more! I'm a debut writer, my first YA fantasy novel The Curse of Time - Book 1 - Bloodstone is set in Cambridge. I write book reviews on my blog and on Goodreads. I have a penchant for travel and have relatives in far flung places, Australia, Malaysia, and Singapore, (my birthplace.) I grew up in in Bonnie Scotland, in Edinburgh, and now live in Cambridge. I love sunny, hot places, particularly Rome, Venice, Portugal, Barcelona, and I forgot to mention the sun drenched beaches of the Caribbean, how could I? I am lucky to have been blessed with two lovely daughters and a husband who I fondly refer to in this blog as my black sheep. Family joke! With my passion for travel, culture, beautiful beaches, good food, books, theatre, writing, and humour, I hope to keep you entertained. I'm loving every minute of this creative journey, please join me.

23 thoughts on “Colleen’s Weekly #Poetry Challenge # 37 – SMOKE & VEIL #Tanka #micropoetry”

  1. Marje! I got goosebumps!! This was excellent and perfect for your book. One of your best! You captured the essence of Ryder perfectly!! I would use this Tanka for book promotion for sure!!! <3

    1. Thank you Colleen. I spent ages on the last line – I really struggled with that! So I am so glad you thought it captured Ryder so well. Will definitely use this for book promotion. 🙂

  2. Very interesting Tanka Marje. This combination could be the new approach to anti smoking? young women are taking it up here in growing numbers

    1. Yes, I really can’t see the appeal Denis. But, I’ve never been a smoker. Sadly, by the time they realise the damage of smoking they will be hooked. :Unfortunately m brother still smokes but my hubby gave up years ago after witnessing his dad’s battle with emphysema.

  3. Wow! Powerful tanka, Marje and wonderfully dark! Brilliantly descriptive in just a few words: ‘Like burnt rubbish, smoke and fear’ …terrific! The photograph matches perfectly and your daughter is very skilled in her art. Is this something she wants to take on further and work with?

    1. Thank you so much Annika. There will be a lot of Tanka in the book, so I’m glad you enjoyed this one, which I probably will use for promotional purposes. Georgina intends to further her photography and media studies at University level, so I am giving her every opportunity I can. She is helping me with character photos, my author photos and also will be working on a book trailer for me later on.

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