Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka #Poetry Challenge # 24 – “FIRE & RAIN”


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) 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 23rd CHALLENGE USING THE WORDS – HELP & SMILE: (Please make sure to visit the other participants. We learn from each other. <3)

Two on a Rant/Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Challenge #23 Help & Smile

Rena Saxena/The Last Smile

Tanka: Stirrings – Jane Dougherty Writes

Naa Prapancham, My World/Spring Smiles

The Melting Snow: Smile of the Cabin Owner (Traveler’s Tanka) – Thoughts of Words

tanka “HELP & Smile” – Mick E Talbot Poems EDIT

Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Poetry Challenge #23 Help & Smile | Annette Rochelle Aben

Helpful Smile | The Syllabub Sea

Help & Smile | thoughts and entanglements

Tanka – Help & Smile | radhikasreflection

Tanka Tuesday//Colleen’s weekly//poetry challenge  23 Help & Smile. – சுழல்கள்/Suzhalgal

Joy | Sue Vincent’s Daily Echo

Cookie Crumb Lips – A #Tanka – Colleen Chesebro ~ Fairy Whisperer

Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Challenge: Help and Smile | The Dragon’s Lair

Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka #Poetry Challenge # 23 – HELP & SMILE | K Y R O S M A G I C A

Deepikas Ramblings/Tanka – Help & Smile

Loki (a tanka) | Darkness of His Dreams EDIT

Tanka – Help/Smile | Willow Poetry EDIT

Smile | method two madness

Crone Chronicler/Tanka Challenge #23 – Help and Smile: Belle Vs. Rehab

This week’s Poet of the Week is Marie, from her blog, The Syllabub Sea. Her Tanka poem was inspired by Lewis Carroll and captures the Cheshire Cat in all his glory.

Notice how the first three lines form a picture in your mind. Marie’s last two lines are her observations. Perfect!

Helpful Cheshire cat

Guides lost travellers with an

Inscrutable grin.

But when Wonderland dissolves

The elusive cat retires.

© 2017 The Syllabub Sea


Here are the two words for this week’s challenge: FIRE & RAIN

(Remember you can use 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:



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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.

40 thoughts on “Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka #Poetry Challenge # 24 – “FIRE & RAIN”

      1. Oh, Thank You for the offer. I shall definitely want to try again. Alas, I have so many other Writings on the burner, sort of speak. But, I shall definitely try again. (@–>–)

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  1. Hi Colleen,
    Love the prompts this week. Don’t know what it will produce yet but it has already done it’s job by bringing back that great James Taylor hit..Fire & Rain.


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    1. Will do. James Taylor was one of my absolute favorite. Thank goodness for Pandora! LOL. ❤


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