Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 68, “Myth & Write,” #SynonymsOnly

Welcome to the Tanka Cafe on ST


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.

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 of why I sponsored this challenge was to help budding poets 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.

***** Authors Publish shares:

“Most traditional poetry manuscript publishers charge their readers a fee to submit. You can read about why that is the case here. This article focuses on a number of poetry manuscript publishers who do not charge submission fees to writers, which is good news for poets.”

Click HERE to read this post to find possible publishers for your poetry. <3


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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.


Cinquain instructions

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.

senryu v. haiku

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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.

I got your back

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


Tanka tuesday

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:


neelwrites/poem/tanka/love&guess/16/01/2018 | neelwritesblog

Second guessing her – Playing with words

To for Tanka #tanka | Trent’s World (the Blog)

Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challenge Play & Guess | Annette Rochelle Aben

two tanka for tanka tuesday – Word Florilegium

Tanka Tuesday: Oak earth – Jane Dougherty Writes

Phobia – Bilocalalia

Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Tuesday, #Poetry Challenge No. 67, Play &Guess, #SynonymsOnly, | willowdot21

COLLEEN’S WEEKLY #TANKA TUESDAY POETRY CHALLENGE #Senryu #Cinquain #Tanka #67: Play & Guess | But I Smile Anyway…

Light Bearing: a #Tanka Tuesday (1/16/18) #tankaprose #haibun …#poetry #haiku #dversepoets – Frank J. Tassone

The Tower | like mercury colliding…

Genuineness / Reena Saxeena

Micro Poetry -Play & Guess | radhikasreflection

Suspicion – A Haiku – In Emma World

Healing | thoughts and entanglements

Guesswork | Sue Vincent’s Daily Echo

Music of Winter | Stuff and what if…

ShiftNShake * her poem is in the comments of the prompt post. <3

Let Sleeping Cats Lie: Haibun Quadrille | Yesterday and today: Merril’s historical musings

Little Women Tribute | K-popawheely

#Tanka: Sea Nymphs | Charmed Chaos

Amusing Hunch (Colleen’s Weekly #Poetry Challenge – #Tanka) | The Wolfe’s (Writing) Den

“My Little Bit of Heaven,” A #Tanka –

Colleen’s weekly poetry challenge; a #Tanka | Katja Rammer

poet of the week

Our POET OF THE WEEK is Katja, from her blog, Katja Rammer and her poem called “Uplifted.”

Katja said this is the first Tanka poem she’s ever written. I’m impressed! She expresses her idea and has great follow through to the end of her poem.

Tanka poetry should be written in the first person from the point of view of the poet. Read the first two lines of Katja’s poem. Those two lines set up the poem so that she can express her feelings about love. Her use of the prompt words also fit perfectly into the picture she paints. The poem also has great rhythm.


If love’s a riddle,
Don’t ever tell me the clue.
My captured heart soars,
Airborne with sweet elation,
And I escape into bliss.

© 2018 Katja Rammer

If you need a brush up on writing a Tanka poem click here.

Here are the two prompt words for this week’s challenge: MYTH & WRITE





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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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  2. Oh my, Colleen! Thanks for your kind words and for choosing me for Poet of the Week! I will def. try and join again for this week’s challenge . <3

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  4. Lovely tanka, Katja.

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

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  15. Hey Colleen I hope your having a great year so far 🙂 here’s my haiku for this week

    hope you like it!
    xx PS

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  23. I’ve got the winter blues. Spring is still so far away. 🙁

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  26. Hi Colleen, hello everyone,

    Here is my link for this week. A tanka.


  27. P.S. Thank you Colleen for that very informative link to Authors Publish.


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  29. It’s been a long time since I wrote a response to one of your prompts Colleen. I’m only just getting back into blogging after a break. I hope I have followed your rules.

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  32. Hi Colleen- This week I wrote a Senryu. Hope you are doing well!

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