Silver’s Weekly #Tanka #Poetry Prompt Challenge #5 SHAPES & HEART

Happy Tuesday everyone! Welcome to the TANKA CAFÉ. Are you ready to get groovy with your poetry? Then, you’re in the right place! Pull up a chair, order some coffee or tea and let’s write some TANKA poetry.

Silver’s having Red Rooibos Tea this week!

Here are some great sites that will help you write your Tanka.

For Synonyms and Antonyms. When your word has too many syllables, find one that works.

Find out how many syllables each word has. I use this site for all of my Haiku and Tanka poems. Click on the “Poetry Workshop” tab to create your Tanka. Here are the rules for the Tanka form: gives the definition and the rules for the writing of a Tanka. Please note the following from the site:

“In many ways, the tanka resembles the sonnet, certainly in terms of treatment of the subject. Like the sonnet, the tanka employs a turn, known as a pivotal image, which marks the transition from the examination of an image to the examination of the personal response. This turn is located within the third line, connecting the kami-no-ku, or upper poem, with the shimo-no-ku, or lower poem.”

Writing a Tanka is like writing a Haiku (5/7/5) and adding two more lines. See how much more of a “visual image” you get in your mind’s eye? You end up with 5/7/5/7/7.

My example:

Did you recognize the pivot in the third line? We start talking about my solitude, and then we switch to talking about the leaves of red and gold. The words are all connected and are talking about my response to autumn. It is important to try to join your feelings into your Tanka.

Visit Jean Emrich at She gives excellent instructions on how to join your feelings into this poetry form.

I will publish the Tanka Tuesday prompt at 12: 03 A.M. Mountain Standard Time (Denver
Time). That should give everyone time to see the prompt from around the world.

How Long Do You Have and Your Deadline: You have a week to complete the Challenge with a deadline of Monday at 12:00 P.M. (noon). This will give me a chance to add the links from everyone’s Tanka post from the previous week, on the new prompt I send out on Tuesday. I urge everyone to visit the blogs and comment on everyone’s Tanka poem.

The rules are simple.

I will give you two words that you need to use (in some form) in the writing of your Tanka.

The two words can be used in any way you would like to use them. Words have different definitions, and you can use the definitions you like. Feel free to use synonyms for the words.

To do a Ping Back: Copy the URL (the HTTP:// address of my post) for the current week’s Challenge and paste it into your post. You may also place a copy of your URL of your Tanka Post in the comments of the current week’s Challenge post.

People from the challenge may visit you and comment or “like” your post. I also need at least a Ping Back or a link in the comments section to know you participated and to include you in the Weekly Review section of the new prompt on Tuesday.

BE CREATIVE. Use your photos and create “Visual Tanka’s” if you wish, although it is not necessary. You can use FotoflexerPicmonkey, or, or any other program that you want to make your images. Click the links to go to the programs.

I will visit your blog, comment, and TWEET your TANKA.

You may copy the badge I have created to go with the Tanka Tuesday Challenge Post and place it in your post:


Passion and Cheer – ladyleemanila

Silver’s Weekly #Tanka #Poetry Prompt Challenge 4 Passion & Cheer | Annette Rochelle Aben

cheerful call brings mate | rivrvlogr

Poet’s Passion and Cheer | Stutter-Stepping Heart

Zou and his family – My words, My life

Passion & Cheer | thoughts and entanglements

Tanka – Watercolour | Mother Willow

Big Indian Cricket Fan – Naa Prapancham,My World…

Weekly #Tanka #Poetry Prompt Challenge #4 Passion & Cheer – Always a Writer

I was astounded by the creativity displayed in last week’s Tanka poems. I think you Tanka poets are getting better and better each week.

Since you did so well last week, are you ready to have another go at it?

Here are our two words for this week’s challenge: SHAPES & HEART (any forms of the words, AND don’t forget that you can use synonyms)

I kept it simple this week and used “forms” for the word shapes, and I kept the word, “heart.” There are many different meanings to these words that you can tap into. Have fun and experiment.

Colleen Chesebro

COME ON! Join in and share your Tanka poem. You even get to “dance” around the words! Enjoy! See you next week. ❤

Published by Colleen M. Chesebro

An avid reader, Colleen M. Chesebro rekindled her love of writing poetry after years spent working in the accounting industry. These days, she loves crafting syllabic poetry, flash fiction, and creative fiction and nonfiction. In addition to poetry books, Chesebro’s publishing career includes participation in various anthologies featuring short stories, flash fiction, and poetry. She’s an avid supporter of her writing community on Word Craft by organizing and sponsoring a weekly syllabic poetry challenge, called #TankaTuesday, where participants experiment with traditional and current forms of Japanese and American syllabic poetry. Chesebro is an assistant editor of The Congress of the Rough Writers Flash Fiction Anthology & Gitty Up Press, a micro-press founded by Charli Mills and Carrot Ranch. In January 2022, Colleen founded Unicorn Cats Publishing Services to assist poets and authors in creating eBooks and print books for publication. In addition, she creates affordable book covers for Kindle and print books. Chesebro lives in the house of her dreams in mid-Michigan surrounded by the Great Lakes with her husband and two (unicorn) cats, Chloe & Sophie.

48 thoughts on “Silver’s Weekly #Tanka #Poetry Prompt Challenge #5 SHAPES & HEART

    1. Thanks, Madeeha. I love writing these Tanka. Get creative. Your cricket one last week was great! ❤️

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  1. Since I had the worlds cutest cat on my lap, purring and soaking in the warmth, cats are my muse for the day. 🙂


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    1. I never got this notification because you were in my spam folder. Sorry. Let WP know you are ending up in spam. ❤


          1. Yeah, tell me about it–it’s hard to communicate with people when your comments go to Spam…and readers who are not “regulars” missed my posted notice about the issue…so, it was entirely out of my control. Plus, as I have a free blog, I can’t access WP Support staff–must rely on the forums….yeah, good luck with that… 😉

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