Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka #Poetry Challenge #18 – “Charm & Touch”


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.


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 hashtags to your post your poetry may be viewed more often:

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

If you haven’t set up your blog to share to Twitter, you should. It is an excellent way to meet other poets and share your work.

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 17th CHALLENGE USING THE WORDS – STORM & COLOR: (Please make sure to visit the other participants. We learn from each other. <3)


Tanka sequence: Storm & Colour – Jane Dougherty Writes

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

Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka #Poetry Challenge #17 – “Storm & Color” – All About Writing and more

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

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

Tanka – Storm/Color | Mother Willow

Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka #Poetry Challenge #17 – “Storm & Color” | K Y R O S M A G I C A

Look | thoughts and entanglements


Naturally Artistic | The Poetry Channel

Storm | Sue Vincent’s Daily Echo

A Kiss In The Rain – Doodles and Scribbles

we are the mirrors | method two madness

Winter Storms (tanka) | Darkness of His Dreams

But which is more dark? – Life at 17

The Winds of Change – A #Tanka – Colleen Chesebro ~ Fairy Whisperer

This week’s Poet of the Week is Mick Talbot, from Mick’s blog. Click on the links and stop by his blog and say hello. He wrote the following Tanka’s based on the prompt words. I loved his contributions, but the third one really inspired me.

Storm & Color

the raging oceans
dolphins surfing white horses
mermaids inviting
dawns red coloured clouds warnings
ignore the siren singing

autumnal storms blow
leaves yellow orange red bronze
natures confetti
woodland colour revealing
jostling rustling dancing leaves

storm weather brainstorm
multi colour black or white
cleared the air think-tanked
both holding the future plans
man invents nature creates

love torn storm breaks hearts
a tiff a spat kiss make up
loves cruel hurt games
compromise trust each other
46 years heartfelt advice to all

we’ve a storm to brave
the futures causing worry
feared color blood red
imagination strife rife
alarm rings nightmares again
© Mick Talbot 2017

Here are the two words for this week’s challenge: CHARM & TOUCH

(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 prompt 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. Pingback: Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka #Poetry Challenge #18 – “Charm & Touch” – All About Writing and more

  2. Pingback: Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka #Poetry Challenge #18 – “Charm & Touch” – Ladyleemanila

  3. Pingback: Whispered Incantation | The Poetry Channel

  4. Pingback: Tanka: Spring stirring – Jane Dougherty Writes

  5. I don’t see the pingback so here’s the link
    Thanks for the prompt, Colleen 🙂

  6. Pingback: Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Poetry Challenge #18 Charm & Touch | Annette Rochelle Aben

  7. Pingback: Charisma – REINVENTIONS BY REENA

  8. Pingback: The Charmed Heart | The Poetry Channel

  9. Such a Phenomenal series. 🌹🌹🌹

  10. Pingback: Snowflakes | thoughts and entanglements

  11. Ur tanka is amazing

  12. I particularly like your prompt words this week, Colleen, hope to have a go tomorrow… 🙂

  13. Pingback: The Golden Star Child – A #Tanka – Colleen Chesebro ~ Fairy Whisperer

  14. Pingback: A Gift, But Not My Own – Tanka Poem – The Rolling Hills

  15. Sorry about not participating for a while! I’ve been very busy. Here’s my poem for the challenge: Hope you’re doing well!

  16. Pingback: Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka #Poetry Challenge #18 – “Charm & Touch” | K Y R O S M A G I C A

  17. Pingback: Tracings | method two madness

  18. Pingback: Charm | Sue Vincent's Daily Echo

  19. Hi!
    This is the first time I am participating in this challenge. Here is my entry-

  20. Pingback: A Little is Enough (a Tanka) | Darkness of His Dreams

  21. Pingback: Devil at Work – Life at 17

  22. My Tanka Poem in response to your tuesday prompt:

  23. Pingback: Changes | Lemon Shark Reef

  24. Pingback: Flurries | Lemon Shark Reef

  25. Hmm. Didn’t quite make do justice to the tanka this week but it was fun, as usual. Thanks, Colleen. 🙂

  26. Pingback: Tanka “Charm & Touch” – Mick E Talbot Poems

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