Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge, No. 72: Breakthrough & Movement, #SnyonymsOnly

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.

paper-3108236_1920OPPORTUNITIES FOR POETS 

Dime Show Review publishes fiction, flash fiction, ten-word stories, poetry, and essays, both online and in print. They are looking for literature that suspends doubt, writing that appears of its own accord and tells secrets we never suspected but always knew.

Dime Show Review is published three times a year in print, and online on a rolling basis. They accept submissions from February 1 through November 1 each year, and they respond to most submissions within two to twelve weeks. Authors who don’t receive a response within three months are welcome to query.

Authors of fiction may submit one complete story, 3,000 words or fewer. Authors of flash fiction may submit one story, 1,000 words or fewer. Dime Show Review also publishes ten-word stories. Authors may submit up to two of these, and they should be complete stories, exactly ten words each. Poets may submit up to two poems in any form, no longer than two pages each. Authors of nonfiction may submit one essay, 3,000 words or fewer. Submitting authors can read selections from Dime Show Review online to get a sense of their style.



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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 ALSO: Check out the Cinquain variations listed here: Cinquain-Wikipedia These are acceptable methods to use also. Please add what forms you are using so we can learn from you. ❤

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 71st poetry challenge using synonyms for the words: “Character & Affection”

Haiku – Character & Love | radhikasreflection

Motley | Sue Vincent’s Daily Echo

COLLEEN’S WEEKLY #TANKA TUESDAY POETRY CHALLENGE #Tanka #Cinquain #71: Character & Affection | But I Smile Anyway… 

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

Haiku Challenge: Character and Affection | Does writing excuse watching?

Kenosis: A #tankaprose of Love…#haiku #tanka #haibun #poetry – Frank J. Tassone

Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge 71 – The Bag Lady

TANKA FOR TANKA TUESDAY #71- CHARACTER & AFFECTION #Haiku, #Tanka, #micropoetry – The Kettle Clicks…

Dear Cupid, – Bilocalalia

Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Poetry Challenge no. 71 Character and Affection | M J Mallon Author

Fait Accompli! – Smell The Coffee

Colleen Chesebro Weekly Tanka Tuesday. | willowdot21

Empathy | like mercury colliding…

Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka Tuesday – The Secret Letters to Timbo 

Final try – Playing with words

Inner Rhymes | Stuff and what if…

Renewal | thoughts and entanglements

“The Collective,” A Tanka –

The Cock – thehouseofbailey

Between Realities – Calm and Chaos

Colleen’s Tanka Tuesday: Bond & Seek – Afterwards

The dog poet writes again. | Mucky Boots and Flawless Paws

Pathways | method two madness

#Tanka: Gypsy Rose | Charmed Chaos

February Birthday Roses: Haibun | Yesterday and today: Merril’s historical musings

Weekly poetry challenge – qunituple #Tanka | Katja Rammer

Stands Alone – Colleens Tanka Challenge – No-Madder Nomadder

poet of the week

Our POET OF THE WEEK is by Ben, the Dog Poet, from the blog, Mucky Boots & Flawless Paws. Ben says, “By the way, this is the best poem about dogs by a two-legged thing that I have come across.” You might want to check out: Dog Dreams too!

Other than the fact that I ADORE dogs who write poetry, the simplicity of Ben’s words tells the whole story of this Senryu and the fabulous picture posted with the poem. It just felt like something a dog would write about. Sometimes the simplest things bring the most pleasure. ❤

Impishly climbing

Folding into warm contours

Dissolving in dreams

                    By Ben, the dog poet 

© 2018 Ben, the dog poet ❤

Here are the two prompt words for this week’s challenge: “Breakthrough & Movement”







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.

70 thoughts on “Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge, No. 72: Breakthrough & Movement, #SnyonymsOnly

  1. I was almost certain I’d written a poem for last week’s prompt but couldn’t find it. Turned out it was in a jam on my blog. I’ve just freed it now. I’ll make sure this week’s response doesn’t get stuck.

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    1. I wondered where you were. Figured you were busy. No worries. ❤️❤️❤️


  2. Woof, woof, woof, my person has just told me that I have awarded the accolade, poet of the week. That is Soooooo exciting. I wonder how many dogs, even Border Collies, have had a title like that.
    Thank you Colleen, for your great Tuesday challenge. I am so enjoying putting my paws to work in the service of poetry. This weeks words are already percolating in my head, I think I’m going to find movement easier than breakthrough! Love Ben xx

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