Colleen’s Weekly #Poetry Tuesday Challenge: Quiet & Space


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An update on last week’s message where I asked for someone to take over the challenge for November 2017 while I participated in NaNoWritMo. The only responses I received were from folks who didn’t even participate in the challenge.

So, to keep things simple – from October 31st through November 28th there will be no weekly poetry challenge.

I’ll restart the challenge on Tuesday, December 5, 2017. Thanks for your support. <3

Please note:
We are all students of poetry. I have given you the instructions on how to write the different forms. Try your best to be as exact as you can. There are no tests, and I don’t grade your work. LOL!

The biggest change you will learn about is in writing a Haiku vs. a Senryu. Also, remember, pronunciation in different parts of the world will affect your syllable count. Go with your gut on determining the syllable count. You are the poet and the creator of your own work.

The main objection of this challenge is to learn how to write various forms of poetry. Remember, if you are submitting your poetry for publication in literary journals, contests, or self-publishing, you should know the correct forms and use them. Check the rules by clicking on the links below. <3

For Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge, you can write your poem in one of the forms defined below. Click on the link to learn about each type:

HAIKU in English 5/7/5 syllable structure. A Haiku is written about seasonal changes, nature, and change in general.

TANKA in English 5/7/5/7/7 syllable structure. Your Tanka will consist of five lines written in the first person point of view. This is important because the poem should be written from the perspective of the poet.

HAIBUN in English Every Haibun must begin with a title. Haibun prose is composed of short, descriptive paragraphs, written in the first person singular.

The text unfolds in the present moment, as though the experience is occurring now rather than yesterday or some time ago. In keeping with the simplicity of the accompanying haiku or tanka poem, all unnecessary words should be pared down or deleted. Nothing must ever be overstated.

The poetry never tries to repeat, quote, or explain the prose. Instead, the poetry reflects some aspect of the prose by introducing a different step in the narrative through a microburst of detail. Thus, the poetry is a sort of juxtaposition – seemingly different yet somehow connected.


Senryu in English 5/7/5 syllable structure. A Senryu is written about love, a personal event, and have some sort of irony present.

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(Currently, free-verse prose poems are NOT part of this challenge)

Here are some great sites that will help you write your poetry and count syllables.

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 “Workshop” tab to create your Haiku or Tanka.


I will publish the Tuesday prompt post 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 poem 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 poem.

The rules are simple.

I will give you two words that you need to use (in some form) in the writing of your poetry. This will be a challenge in writing your Haibun poem. Follow the rules carefully.

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 when the poetry form calls for it.

LINK YOUR BLOG POST TO MINE WITH A PINGBACK. To do a Pingback: Copy the URL (the HTTPS:// 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 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 taking part 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 POETRY” if you wish, although it is not necessary. Use whatever program you want to make your images:

As time allows, I will visit your blog, comment, and TWEET your POETRY

If you add these hashtags to your post TITLE (depending on which poetry form you use) your poetry may be viewed more often:

#Haiku, #Tanka, #micropoetry, #poetry, #5lines, #Haibun, #Prose #Synryu, #CinquainPoetry



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


(Please make sure to visit the other participants. Remember, we learn from each other. <3)

Frozen Minds – Reena Saxena

The Haunting You – #Haibun | Trent’s World (the Blog)

Tanka Tuesday: Ghost & Haunt – Jane Dougherty Writes

Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge Ghost & Haunt | Annette Rochelle Aben

Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Tuesday Challenge No. 54: GHOST & HAUNT – Mick E Talbot Poems

Colleen Chesebro Weekly Poetry Challenge NO. 54. | willowdot21

Haunted | like mercury colliding…

#Haiku (Double): Lady | Charmed Chaos

Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Tuesday Challenge No. 54: GHOST & HAUNT #Cinquain #Senryu #Haiku | But I Smile Anyway…

Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge No. 54 – Ghost and Haunt – Oct 10, 2017 | Tessa Can Do It! Positivity is Catching!

haiku #31 – Stories

Snowdrops | Sue Vincent’s Daily Echo

Haunted | method two madness

Colleen’s teeny weeny Japanese poetry challenge – Afterwards

Cinquain: Ghosts and Haunt – tea & paper

Reflection (Senryu) | Darkness of His Dreams

Tanka – Ghost & Haunt | radhikasreflection

Undone Dreams (Tanka) | Darkness of His Dreams

The Usual Haunts | Lemon Shark Reef

Two Trains: Haibun | Yesterday and today: Merril’s historical musings

“The Specter,” A Cinquain – Colleen Chesebro – The Fairy Whisperer 

Haunted – Double Tanka – In Emma World

Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Tuesday Challenge #54: Ghost & Haunt (Cinquain)/Stuff & What If

A River in Egypt – Smell The Coffee

Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Tuesday Challenge No. 54: GHOST & HAUNT | M J Mallon Author

#Tanka Tuesday 10/10/17…of #ghosts, #hauntings, #beauty and #dreams/Frank J. Tassone

Don’t FORGET! If you are selected as my Poet of the Week, your poem will also be featured in my bi-monthly newsletter.

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This week’s Poet of the Week is Elizabeth from Tea & Paper. I chose her Cinquain because I enjoyed the synonyms she selected. Her poetry also tells a story. I can see her reminiscing about her family heritage over a cup of tea. Splendid!


Ghost’s silence

Bones, particles, air

Spaciousness haunting my thoughts


©2017 Elizabeth, Tea & Paper

Here are the two words for this week’s challenge: QUIET & SPACE

(any forms of the words and don’t forget to use synonyms)


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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. I don’t write poetry, Colleen, so it was especially interesting to read about these different forms as well as your challenge. Sending energy for your NaNo participation too.
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  3. Hope you get a lot done on NaNoWriMo. Happy writing:)

  4. It’s a shame but no surprise that you couldn’t find a stand in. Making these events work requires a lot of work and commitment, and not many of us are as generous with their time as you are, Colleen. Get lots of writing done, and make us all jealous 🙂

  5. Having trouble with my pingbacks lately, so here is the link to mine, just in case…

    My first go at a Cinquain. Quite challenging!

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  7. Good luck with NaNoWriMo!

  8. Yes, you deserve credit for keeping this going–when I did draw a bird day once a month I couldn’t believe how much work it was. Thanks and Thanks and have a productive month! (K)

  9. Hi Colleen, thanks so much for choosing my poem! I really love to write it. Hugs to you!

  10. Reblogged this on tea & paper and commented:
    So happy, I was chosen the POET OF THE WEEK for my Cinquain ‘Ancestors’ !!!

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  12. Even though I just recently discovered it, I will miss the challenge during November. But then again, I don’t need an excuse, or a challenge, to write a new poem, do I? Good luck in NaNoWriMo!

    Here is my poem for this week’s challenge:

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  14. My short link in case the ping back doesn’t work

  15. We’ll miss your posts, Colleen — but I think that’s a good idea. Partial breaks (in my experience) don’t do much good. This will free up some NaNoWriMo time for you to WriMo! Hugs.

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  17. So sorry you couldn’t find anyone to take the reins for the month Colleen… I would have offered but November is so busy for me work-wise, it’s why I can’t commit to the official #NaNo too!
    Still, we have a couple to go, and will wait for you to come back after #NaNo!!!!! I’ll be working on my entry a little later xxx

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  19. Hi Colleen. Hope you have a very creative time off writing. See you in December.

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  22. Hi Colleen, could you add a link to my Poetry Challenge 54 post, please? I can send it to you if you need it. Thanks so much!

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  24. Hi Colleen! It’s great you’re joining Nanowrimo. You’ll be missed here. All the best with your writing😊

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  29. I like these words, Colleen. 🙂 Here’s a tanka for this week.

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  32. And best of luck on Nanowrimo!

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