Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 64: EXPERIENCE & NEW (#SynonymsOnly)


Hi! I’m glad to see you here. Are you ready to write some poetry?

HERE’S THE CATCH: You can’t use the prompt words! SYNONYMS ONLY!

I hope you will support the other poets with visits to blogs and by leaving comments. Sharing each other’s work on social media is always nice too.

Learn about American Poet – Robert Frost

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 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.

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 IRONY present. Click the link to learn the meaning of irony.

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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. Choose synonyms from those words for your poetry. You, the poet, now have more control over the direction of your writing. Follow the rules carefully. Don’t use the prompt words.

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 #Senryu, #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:


Tanka Tuesday – Sky – Jane Dougherty Writes

Shielding for Your Weather – #Tanka | Trent’s World (the Blog)

tyranny | like mercury colliding…

Cinquain: Freshness – tea & paper

Colleen’s Tanka Tuesday Weekly Poetry Challenge #63: cover & precipitation –

COLLEEN’S WEEKLY #TANKA TUESDAY POETRY CHALLENGE #Haiku #63: Cover & Precipitation | But I Smile Anyway…

Colleen’s Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challenge Cover & Precipitation | Annette Rochelle Aben

Colleen’s #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge #63 – Cover & Precipitation  | willowdot21

Enveloped – Haibun | awisewomansjourney

#Tanka Tuesday #1: A #Tanka for Colleen’s #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge #63…cover and precipitation (#synonymsonly) – Frank J. Tassone

2 for 1 ~ #Cinquain #Poem | Exclusive Inflictions

neelwrites/tanka/cover&precipitation/colleen’stankatuesday/poetrychallenge/20/12/2017 | neelwritesblog

Winter Lake – Tanka – Zander In Print

Barren Trees – Smell The Coffee

Secrets – Reena Saxena

Masquerade | Sue Vincent’s Daily Echo

cover and precipitation#tanka – My pen

Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge 63 – The Bag Lady

Winter Solstice Dreams: Haibun | Yesterday and today: Merril’s historical musings

Colleen’s Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challenge no. 63 | M J Mallon Author

 #Haiku: Hoar Frost | Charmed Chaos

“Snowflakes,” #CinquainPoetry #ABRSC #SynonymsOnly | Colleen Chesebro-The Fairy Whisperer

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

Sign-up HERE.

This week’s poet of the week is Alexander De featuring his poem, “Winter Lake – A Tanka.” There is some lovely alliteration in this piece, and it flows with a rhythm much like the waves on the lake depicted in the poem. The poem, written from the perspective of the poet puts the reader in the scene. Tanka poems should always be written in the first person. Learn more about Alexander at his blog, Zander in Print – The Naked Words of Z.

Waves crest, breach their banks

Sleet slicks the shrill iron streets

Aspens enveloped

Turning my feet to the west

Turn my face from her tempest

© 2017 Alexander De

Here are the two prompt words for this week’s challenge: NEW & EXPERIENCE


We’re heading into the NEW YEAR – Make it your best year, yet!

53 Comments on “Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 64: EXPERIENCE & NEW (#SynonymsOnly)

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  7. Humbled, honored and euphoric! I am deeply in your debt for the feature and for your good teaching, which reminded me to stay in first person.

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  26. I liked the poet you featured, Colleen.
    Zander wrote about something which I have seen in the winter’s wild crests and waves as well as when my Mom would go out to walk her dog, she often walked backwards!! Back against the wind. 🌬️🌫️ 🌊 💦

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