Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka #Poetry Challenge #17 – “Storm & Color”

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.


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Happy Tanka Tuesday! Grab a cup of Joe or a cup of tea and read what’s below…


It is worth taking a moment to check the best way to create a Tanka.

Tanka poems are based on syllable structure much the same way a Haiku is written in the 5/7/5 format.

The Tanka form is easy to create: 5/7/5/7/7 and is a Haiku with two extra lines, of 7 syllables each consisting of five separate lines.

What makes a Tanka different from a Haiku is that the first three lines (5/7/5) are the upper phase. This upper stage is where you create an image in your reader’s mind.

The last two lines (7/7) of a Tanka poem are called the lower phase. Now here is where it gets interesting. The lower stage, the final two lines, should express the poet’s ideas about the image that was created in the three lines above.


Visit Jean Emrich at Quick Start Guide
CLICK THE LINK TO SEE THE EXAMPLES and to learn how to write a Tanka poem

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 my Haiku and Tanka poems. Click on the “Poetry Workshop” tab to create your Tanka. Here are the rules for the Tanka 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.

LINK YOUR BLOG POST TO MINE WITH A PINGBACK. To do a Pingback: 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.

Because of the time difference between where you are and I am, you might not think your link is there. I manually approve all links. People participating in the challenge may visit you and comment or “like” your post. I also need at least a Pingback or a link in the comments section to know you took part 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. Use whatever program you want to make your images.

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

If you add these hastags to your post your poetry may be viewed more often:

#Tanka Tuesday, #micropoetry, #poetry, #5lines

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

HERE’S WHO JOINED US LAST WEEK FOR OUR 15th CHALLENGE USING THE WORDS – BLOOM & LATE: (Please make sure to visit the other participants. We learn from each other. <3)

Winter roses – Jane Dougherty Writes

Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka #Poetry Challenge #16 – BLOOM & LATE – Ladyleemanila

Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Poetry Challenge #16 Bloom & Late | Annette Rochelle Aben

On time | Sue Vincent’s Daily Echo

Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka Challenge | K Y R O S M A G I C A

Bloom & Late | thoughts and entanglements

Snowflake | method two madness

When the Time is Right (a Tanka) | Darkness of His Dreams

Colleens Weekly Tanka Poetry Challenge #16 | bloom – late – Micks Blog


Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Poetry Challenge #16 – Bloom & Late/Two on a Rant

“Purple Genesis” & “Studious Young Girls” – TWO #Tankas – Colleen Chesebro ~ Fairy Whisperer

This week’s Poet of the Week is Marjorie Mallon of Kyrosmagica. Marje said this is her “first” Tanka. I loved her positive message, and hope you will too. The last line really spoke volumes to me! <3

© 2017 Marjorie Mallon – Kyrosmagica Blog

Here are the two words for this week’s challenge: STORM & COLOR

(any forms of the words AND don’t forget that you can use synonyms)

There are many different meanings to these words. Have fun and experiment. If the words don’t inspire you… write a Tanka based on the photo above. 



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About Colleen Chesebro: WordCraftPoetry

Colleen M. Chesebro is a Michigan Poet who loves crafting syllabic poetry, flash fiction, and creative fiction and nonfiction. Colleen sponsors a weekly syllabic poetry challenge, called #TankaTuesday, on where participants learn how to write traditional and current forms of syllabic poetry. A published author, Colleen is also an editor of “Word Weaving, a Word Craft Journal of Syllabic Verse, also found on Colleen’s mission is to bring the craft of writing syllabic poetry to anyone who thinks they can’t be a poet. Recently, she created the Double Ennead, a 99-syllable poetry form for the Carrot Ranch literary community at Colleen’s poetry has appeared in various anthologies and journals including “Hedgerow-a journal of small poems,” and “Poetry Treasures1 & 2” a collection of poetry from the poet/author guests of Robbie Cheadle on the “Treasuring Poetry” blog series on “Writing to be Read." Colleen published “Word Craft: Prose & Poetry, The Art of Crafting Syllabic Poetry,” which illustrates how to write various syllabic poetry forms used in her Tanka Tuesday challenges; and a collection of poetry, flash fiction, and short stories called, “Fairies, Myths & Magic: A Summer Celebration,” dedicated to the Summer Solstice. She contributed a short story called “The Changeling,” in the “Ghostly Rites Anthology 2020,” published by Plaisted Publishing House. Find Colleen at Word Craft: Prose & Poetry at
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  1. Good word choice again, Colleen 🙂

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  3. Ah, thank you so much Colleen for honouring me with your poet of the week! 🙂

  4. Pingback: Tanka sequence: Storm & Colour – Jane Dougherty Writes

  5. Pingback: Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Poetry Challenge #17 ‘storm & color’ – Micks Blog

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  7. Pingback: Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Poetry Prompt Challenge #17 Storm & Color | Annette Rochelle Aben

  8. Pingback: Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka #Poetry Challenge #17 – “Storm & Colour” – Ladyleemanila

  9. Just wanted to let you know w I brought your book and read it. Congratulations on a really good book. My review is on Goodreads and will on my sites later today. Betty

    • Betty, thank you so very much for your support! Even more, I am thrilled that you enjoyed my book. That means so much to me. Thank you for your kindness. You fill my heart. <3

  10. The way it feels to go through grief and come out the other end of it a stronger person.

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  14. Hello Everyone,

    Have a wonderful week:)
    Here is my entry for this week

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  16. Pingback: Storm | Sue Vincent's Daily Echo

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  18. Pingback: we are the mirrors | method two madness

  19. Here is my tanka poem, in response to your tuesday prompt:

  20. Pingback: Winter Storms (tanka) | Darkness of His Dreams

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  22. Pingback: The Winds of Change – A #Tanka – Colleen Chesebro ~ Fairy Whisperer

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