#Cinquain Poetry: Audacious Photography

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#TANKA TUESDAY! #cinquain poetry

This week, Annette Rochelle Aben selected the words for the syllables only challenge. That means you can’t use those two words. You must find synonyms to replace them. Fun, right?

Here are your two words:

Hint & Bold

Hint: clue, inking, suggestion, sign, signal, indicator, indication, pointer, insinuation, innuendo, mention, illusion, whisper

Bold: daring, intrepid, courageous, brave, valiant, unafraid, dauntless, audacious, valorous, adventurous, dashing, striking, bright, prominent, eye catching, conspicuous, outstanding, obvious, showy

Focus on Cinquain

Butterfly cinquaina nine-line syllabic form with the pattern two, four, six, eight, two, eight, six, four, two.
Photo by Tina Schell of the Lens-Artists

Can you imagine taking this picture – even with a telephoto lens at a zoo? Tina managed to make it look like nothing came between her and this huge, nimble predator. That’s audacious photography.

Audacious Photography

by Marsha Ingrao


Don’t make a move

Brilliant, eye-catching shot

Exposed belly, paws embracing

The rocks

Grave stare, like a fashion model

Daring the camera

To capture her


To read more poetry submissions, or write one yourself, check out Colleen’s blog, Word Craft Prose & Poetry.

Coming Up on Always Write in October

Carrot Ranch Rodeo Contest Month

Charli Mills of Carrot Ranch honored me by asking me to host one week of this year’s Rodeo Writing Contest. I have week three, October 20-26.

Colleen Chesebro invited me to take over one of her writing challenges. I am looking for partners to collaborate with on this project, which I’d like to start in October or November. If you have ever considered hosting a writing challenge, but don’t want all the responsibility, email me at marshaalwayswrite@tchistorygal.net.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

September 26th marks the one year anniversary of my final breast cancer surgery. So far I remain cancer free, but it comes at a price beyond surgery as those who have fought cancer know.

A mammogram caught my cancer early – stage one (sort of). Because of horror stories of cancer returning unannounced and metastasizing, I will take my anti-hormone pill daily for the next seven years, whether or not I have any hair left by the time I’m totally cured. I will see my oncologist for the next ten years. He does not take the disease lightly.

Abigail Johnson was not so lucky. Read her story here. There is not nearly as much help for people whose cancer metastasizes or spreads to other parts of the body. She plans to blog every day in October during breast cancer awareness month. I want to help her spread the word, so I will be reblogging some of her daily posts on No Half Measures. Please help by reblogging or sharing on social media.


I try to participate in as many challenges as I have time to do. Even if I do not write a response to your challenge, I am committed to visiting the blogs of those I’ve interviewed on a regular basis.

I am so SLOW! Writing a blog post takes me several hours to create, and I enjoy visiting blogs connected with the challenge as well. So please forgive me if I do not contribute regularly.

If you would like to do an interview here about your writing or photography challenge, please contact me below. I’d love to chat about your challenge.

Author: Marsha

Hi, I'm Marsha Ingrao, a retired educator and wife of a retired realtor. My all-consuming hobby is blogging and it has changed my life. My friends live all over the world. In November 2020, we sold everything and retired to the mile-high desert of Prescott, AZ. We live less than five miles from the Granite Dells, four lakes, and hundreds of trails with our dog, Kalev, and two cats, Moji and Nutter Butter. Vince's sister came with us and lives close by. Every day is a new adventure.

35 thoughts on “#Cinquain Poetry: Audacious Photography”

  1. Wow Marsha stunning picture and poetry!!! I love the description here with challenge. It sounds like so much fun and yet I am up to my eye balls but sure admire you for taking this on. I’ll enjoy reading them and maybe learn a thing or two through osmosis. ❤️🙏🙏❤️👏👏

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    1. Well, let’s hope not too fast. I’ll be old in nine years! I’m so glad we’ve had time together to learn of each other’s ways of life. Maybe we should do a safari and get some shots like this!!! 🙂

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  2. Marsha, thanks so much for featuring my leopard capture. He was magnificent and your cinquain is absolutely perfect in its description of the moment. I loved it – brilliant ! What they tell you on safari is that the predators see humans as part of the jeep they’re sitting in and are neither threatened nor dangerous. I chose not to test the theory!! It was quite a magical moment and is a favorite memory.

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    1. It’s a good thing they don’t see the jeep as threatening. There’s not a lot of protection in a jeep if you ask me. I’m so taken with this picture. Dora brought up a good point of his paws embracing the rocks contrasts his softness with the hardness of his predatory nature. I like that. I can see why it was a highlight! Thanks again for the opportunity of featuring your work.

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  3. An absolutely brilliant butterfly cinquain, Marsha. The cinquain is one of my favorite forms. What a great photo! It reminds of my kitty-girl Freyja. She rolls over on her back, all the time showing us her belly. I hear that is a sign of trust. I hope you get some takers for my old Writer’s Quote Wednesday. It’s a gem! ❤

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    1. I’m getting excited about it. I spent one evening clicking on all the people that commented on the link you sent me to see if they might be interested in either co-sponsoring it or just participating. I didn’t finish but every at least thanked me for stopping by. 🙂 Last night I spent time going through all the other Tuesday Tanka participants and had some wonderful conversations. It gives me some idea of what it will be like to host a challenge. 🙂

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