Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka #Poetry Challenge #19 – “Craft & Rise”

Happy TANKA 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.

Grab a cup of Joe or a cup of tea and read what’s below…


It’s 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.

As time permits, 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 18th CHALLENGE USING THE WORDS – CHARM & TOUCH: (Please make sure to visit the other participants. We learn from each other. <3)

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

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

Whispered Incantation | The Poetry Channel

Tanka: Spring stirring – Jane Dougherty Writes

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

Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Poetry Challenge #18 Charm & Touch/Two on a Rant


The Charmed Heart | The Poetry Channel

Snowflakes | thoughts and entanglements

Beauty that Rules My Heart/Naa Prapancham, My World…

A Gift, But Not My Own – Tanka Poem – The Rolling Hills

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

Tracings | method two madness

Charm | Sue Vincent’s Daily Echo

Colleen’s Tanka Challenge # 18- Touch & Charm/radhikas reflection

A Little is Enough (a Tanka) | Darkness of His Dreams

My Daughter My Angel/Naa Prapancham, My World…

Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Poetry Challenge #18 -Charm & Touch/Girls Like Me

Devil at Work/Rules 640

Flurries | Lemon Shark Reef

The Golden Star Child – A #Tanka – Colleen Chesebro ~ Fairy Whisperer

This week’s poet of the week is Sri Sudha K, from her blog, Naa Prapancham, My World… I loved how she got into the image and let the words flow about her own daughter.

Here are the two words for this week’s challenge: CRAFT & RISE

(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 BELOW:



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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.

49 thoughts on “Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka #Poetry Challenge #19 – “Craft & Rise”

    1. Thanks, Jane. So many different ways to go with the meanings of the words. 😀


    1. Hi, Erika! Thank you. I think the challenge is catching on. A fun poetry form, I think. Say, would you be up for me submitting a guest post to your blog? I will email you. Let me know what you think. ❤

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      1. Yes, it certainly is! And you’ve made it so enjoyable too. 🙂 I think I speak for all of us when I say we all appreciate the challenges you set up here every week. Thank you very much for that. ❤

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