It was a pleasure taking part in Colleen’s Tanka Tuesday last week… and I won Poet of the Week! I’m so encouraged 🙂 🙂  Thanks Colleen!


poet of the week

“Our POET OF THE WEEK is Vivian Zems, from her blog, Smell the Coffee and her poem called “Defiant.”

I love the way her words roll off your tongue. The alliteration is perfect, and the third line pivot sets the tone for the entire piece relating to the top two lines and the last two lines. Perfect.”


Cold of heart is he
who dares life’s repercussions 
foolhardy of mind
is he who stares karma down
defying fate’s just reward

© 2018 Vivian Zems