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 tankaonline.com 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: howmanysyllables.com

I will publish the Tanka Tuesday prompt at 12: 03 A.M. Mountain Standard Time (Denver
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)
Denver time, U. S. A. 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 21st CHALLENGE USING THE WORDS – FOG & RISE: (Please make sure to visit the other participants. We learn from each other. <3)

Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka #Poetry Challenge #21 – “Fog & Change” – All About Writing and more

Depth | Sue Vincent’s Daily Echo

Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka #Poetry Challenge #21 – “Fog & Change” | K Y R O S M A G I C A

Tanka: Fog & change – Jane Dougherty Writes

A Riddle of Change/Two on a Rant

Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka #Poetry Challenge #21 – “Fog & Change” – Mick E Talbot Poems

Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Poetry Challenge #21 Fog & Change | Annette Rochelle Aben

The Fog is So Thick (a Tanka) | Darkness of His Dreams

Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka #Poetry Challenge #21 – “Fog & Change” | Ladyleemanila

Fog & Change Tanka/suzhalgal

Colleen’s Tanka Tuesday: Prompt words – Fog and Change | The Dragon’s Lair

The Wrecker’s Player/Writing, Events, Competitions & Personal Musings

“The Lark Bunting” – A #Tanka #Poem – Colleen Chesebro ~ Fairy Whisperer

Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Challenge-Fog & Change – All About Writing and more

Tanka Challenge-21 – The Bag Lady

The Fog – Reena Saxena

Tanka Poem – Transformative Renewal – The Rolling Hills

Tanka – Fog & Change | radhikasreflection

Tanka – Fog and Change – DeepikasRamblings

Before The First Step – Thoughts of Words

Fog Recedes: Tanka | Yesterday and today: Merril’s historical musings

Alchemy | Sue Vincent’s Daily Echo

Winter’s Freezing Fog | The Syllabub Sea

Before the First Step/Thoughts of Words Blog

Fog & Change/Thoughts & Entanglements

wavering | method two madness

No Time for Fun – Life at 17

This week’s Poet of the Week is Kerfe and Nina from their blog, Method Two Madness. I don’t know which one wrote the Tanka poem called “Wavering,” but I was literally blown away by the creativity.

The last two lines sum up the author’s feelings exactly! You know what else I loved? No punctuation. The lack of it conveys her message of disarray or confusion.

PLUS… The author did a painting! (I have space in my creative room for that beauty)! ❤

dislocated map
the trees have changed positions
air and light play tricks

hiding in the miasma
the zone between yes and no

©2017 Method Two Madness


Here are the two words for this week’s challenge: DOOR & FRIEND

(any forms of the words AND don’t forget to 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:

Image credit: Pixabay.com



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44 thoughts on “Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka #Poetry Challenge # 22 – “Door & Friend”

        1. I like that the last two lines are the authors thoughts and observances to the haiku lines above. Makes it seem more personal.


  1. Colleen, I have been thinking of writing a Tanka. I liked this week’s words and wrote one. It is on my blog with credit to you for inspiration. I write for my pleasure and am glad to learn a new form from you. Thanks.

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    1. Thank you, Viva. I will pop over and take a look. I’m glad you joined in. Tanka poems are like mini stories that the author gets to comment on. ❤


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