Colleen’s Weekly #Poetry Tuesday Challenge: EERIE & COSTUME


I’ve had a brilliant idea concerning the poetry challenge for November 2017. Next Tuesday, I will give you five weeks’ worth of prompt words. That way you can still carry on with your poetry writing. BUT HERE’S THE CATCH: You can’t use the prompt words! You MUST use a synonym! I hope you will support each other with visits to blogs and by leaving comments. Tell me what you think in the comments. <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 most meaningful change you will learn about is in writing a Haiku vs. a Senryu. Also, remember, pronunciation in various parts of the world will affect your syllable count. Go with your gut on deciding the syllable count. You are the poet and the creator of your own work.

The main idea behind my sponsoring of this challenge is to help everyone learn how to write various forms of poetry. Remember, if you are sending 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 removed. 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 – 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. It’s not mandatory:

Mick Talbot created a new poetry form! Check it out: EPANALEPSIS.


Deception – Reena Saxena

Blind Eye – By Sarah

Tanka Tuesday: Quiet & Space – Jane Dougherty Writes

Mountains of My Mind #Haibun #Tanka | Trent’s World (the Blog)

Colleens Weekly Poetry Challenge Quiet & Space | Annette Rochelle Aben

#Tanka Tuesday 10/17/17…the beauty of silence and space… – Frank J. Tassone

Colleen’s Weekly #Poetry Tuesday Challenge: Quiet & Space | But I Smile Anyway…

Road to Solitude – Stuff & What If?

Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge Quite & Space – Tessa Can Do it!

Silence-a senryu – Stories

The Quiet – Smell the Coffee

That distant look – Playing with words

Haibun: Quiet & Space – tea & paper

Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge: Quiet and Space. | willowdot21

Tanka Tuesday–Quiet and Space | Yesterday and today: Merril’s historical musings

Noise | like mercury colliding…

Colleen’s Weekly #Poetry Tuesday Challenge: Quiet & Space – Mick E Talbot Poems

Together… | Sue Vincent’s Daily Echo

Escape – A Tanka – In Emma World

Poetry Challenge Quite & Space – Robbie’s Inspiration

#Haiku -(Double): Smoke – Charmed Chaos

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 Robbie, from Robbie’s Inspiration. In addition to her love of writing poetry, Robbie is an accomplished fondant artist. Seriously, you’ve got to visit her blog here to find out more!

I chose her Senryu because it speaks of a universal truth. Remember how I always preach advise about how our poetry should connect to our readers? Well, this Senryu is a perfect example of that ideal. It meets the definition of a Senryu too, with a humorous look at motherhood! 😀

Becoming a mom

means absolutely no quiet

or personal space

©2017 Robbie Cheadle

Image credit: Pinterest: Halloween Meme

Here are the two words for this week’s challenge: EERIE & COSTUME

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


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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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  2. Reblogged this on Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog and commented:
    A poetry writing challenge from Colleen 😀

  3. Leaving a link in case pingback doesn’t work… great words this week. Thanks Colleen and good luck with your November project!

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  6. Reblogged this on Frank J. Tassone and commented:
    #Haiku Happenings #3: Colleen’s Weekly #Poetry Challenge is up!

  7. Good idea for November, Colleen! 🙂

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  9. Good luck in NaNoWriMo! Here is my poem for the week;

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

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  14. Here’s a haiku. I hope it isn’t too far removed from the prompt words.

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  17. Hi Colleen…I tweaked my entry a bit while fixing the dropped letters from my iphone upload…I loved this prompt. 🙂

  18. And I think that’s a great idea about the 5 weeks of prompts!

  19. Great idea on giving the prompt words for the whole month of Nov. I think.

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  22. Great prompt for the season. I’m happy you have a solution for November. Here’s my “challenge accepted!” for this week:

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  25. Hi Colleen,
    Great idea for the Nov prompt!

    This time a brave attempt at the prompt, from a weak hearted me 🙂 🙂

  26. Hi Colleen,
    Well, my entry should be of the season and it kinda is : ) Here is my link. A senyru.

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  29. Good Morning Colleen! here is my link. I chose a Tanka this week.

  30. Colleen, I had fun writing a Haiku using your prompt words. I don’t think I followed your rules precisely. Thanks for offering me the fun of writing. Ina. <3

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  32. Thanks so much Colleen, you are so generous prepping the words for us. Here is my link for this week.

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  37. Where has your tweet, etc buttons gone Colleen? Oh, found them!

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