Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge, No. 71: Character & Affection, #SnyonymsOnly


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Welcome to Tanka Tuesday!

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 reason why I sponsor this challenge is 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.


Happy Valentine's Day

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.


The Rules

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.

Here’s who joined us last week for our 70th poetry challenge using the words: Bond & Seek:

Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge – The Bag Lady

The Willow | thoughts and entanglements

Dens of Vice – Reena Saxena

Cinquain: Brief shower – Jane Dougherty Writes

The Struggle – #Tanka | Trent’s World (the Blog)

Colleen Chesebro Weekly Tanka Tuesday. 6/2/18. | willowdot21

COLLEEN’S WEEKLY #TANKA TUESDAY POETRY CHALLENGE #Tank#VotesFor Women #100Years a #70: Destiny & Challenge | But I Smile Anyway…

Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge –

Colleen’s Weekly 2018 #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge, No. 70 “DESTINY & CHALLENGE” – thehouseofbailey

Complete Opposites – Rivrvloger

Grappling with fate | like mercury colliding…

neelwrites/challenge&dare/poem/tanka/07/02/2018 | neelwritesblog

February Changed: Tanka | Yesterday and today: Merril’s historical musings

Repent | method two madness

…made it halfway – Bilocalalia

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

Nemesis | Sue Vincent’s Daily Echo

Of Love and Struggle: a #tankaprose…#tanka #haiku #poetry – Frank J. Tassone

Colleen’s Weekly : “DESTINY & CHALLENGE” – The Secret Letters to Timbo

TANKA FOR TANKA TUESDAY – DESTINY & CHALLENGE #Haiku, #Tanka, #micropoetry, #poetry – The Kettle Clicks…

#Colleen’s poetry contest – Destiny and challenge – Robbie’s inspiration

#Tanka: The Gate | Charmed Chaos

Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challenge #70: Destiny & Challenge (Synonyms Only)-Haibun | Stuff and what if…

Micro Poetry – Challenge & Destiny! | radhikasreflection

Defiant – Smell The Coffee

Colleen’s Weekly 2018 Tanka Tuesday Challenge No 70 – Destiny and Challenge | M J Mallon Author

Searching the stars | The Syllabub Sea

Munro Buddy Turns Budding Poet – Mucky Boots & Flawless Paws


Defiance (Tanka) – No-Madder Nomadder

“Serendipity,” A Tanka –

 Weekly Poetry Challenge – Katja Rammer

poet of the week

Our POET OF THE WEEK is Vivian Zems, from her blog, Smell the Coffee and her poem called “Defiant.”

I love the way her words roll off your tongue. The alliteration is perfect, and the third line pivot sets the tone for the entire piece relating to the top two lines and the last two lines. Perfect.


Cold of heart is he
who dares life’s repercussions 
foolhardy of mind
is he who stares karma down
defying fate’s just reward

© 2018 Vivian Zems

Here are the two prompt words for this week’s challenge: CHARACTER & AFFECTION




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.

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