Colleen’s #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge Recap “Congregate & Love,” No. 96, #SynonymsOnly


Welcome to the Tanka Tuesday Poetry Recap featuring the work of poets from around the globe. If you would like to participate in this challenge, you can learn the rules on the menu item called Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Tuesday Guidelines.

PLEASE NOTE: Don’t forget to count your syllables. Use this site: Click on the workshop tab. Then, copy and paste your poem into the box, and click “count syllables” at the bottom.

For some, this challenge is a way to learn more about writing in English, even though it’s the American version. English is a second language to many of our participants.

I also understand that accent and inflection play a key roll in the way you say certain words and this will change the syllable count. Here is my compromise: Please try to get as close to the syllable count as possible when writing these syllabic forms of poetry.

This challenge is not for free-verse poetry. ❤

Each week, I like to highlight a poet who I call the Poet of the Week, who has shared an exceptional message, or shown an impassioned creativity through words or form. Poetry is all about perception, so don’t be shocked if you don’t feel the same way about a poem that I do. ❤


This week, I’ve chosen Ben and his mistress, Bernadette, from her blog, Mucky Boots, and Flawless Paws, who graciously translates Ben’s dog poetry into English for us all to enjoy. Ben is a Border Collie with extraordinary poetic skill. Click HERE to find ALL of Ben’s dog poetry.

This week, Ben took on a Garland Cinquain. This is one of my favorite forms written in a series of six cinquains in which the last is formed of lines from the preceding five, typically line one from stanza one, line two from stanza two, and so on.

You know what I love the most in this garland cinquain? The humor. Not all of our poetry has to be serious. It’s therapeutic to poke fun at life, especially when it feels heavy. Notice Ben’s references to politics? Isn’t that on everyone’s mind these days, be it American or British policies? There’s plenty to fuss over in our lives, and when you’re a dog… well, doesn’t that leave even more to worry about?

Experiment with the garland cinquain form. Have fun. You know, like Ben does! ❤



Our best people friend Trevor, with treats for Maisie, Amber, and me.

Forest beckons
Our people gathering
Excitement heralding the day

Green canopy
Filtering sunlit paths
Canine playground, ecstatic dogs

Derek, Stewart,
Meeting – David, Trevor
Talking about the president

Maisie, Toby,
Amber, Sam, and Chuckles
Convene the doggy parliament

Walking Chestnuts
Chasing Mary raging
Benzie zealous in protection

Green Canopy
Meeting – David, Trevor
Convene the doggy parliament

By Ben, the dog poet © 2018

That was hard work, must sleep.

Ben Asleep
And so to bed…


To all the poets who joined in this challenge. You guys are the greatest!!



 Ignorance is Bliss – Reena Saxena

Who’s in Charge? #tanka | Trent’s World (the Blog)

A Poetic Prayer – Sharing With Others –

Tanka Tuesday: Congregate & Passion – Jane Dougherty Writes

Strongest Wind: A #TankaTuesday #tankaprose – Frank J. Tassone

Pheromone Fog | thoughts and entanglements

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

Cartonera haibun – ….Bilocalalia….

Soaring – thehouseofbailey

Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Tuesday, Poetry Challenge No. 96, “Congregate & Passion,” #SynonymsOnly | willowdot21

Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge – Congregate & Passion | The Shower of Blessings

Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 96, “Congregate & Passion,” #SynonymsOnly | Sharing Thoughts

Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka Challenge – Congregate & Passion #MicroPoetry | But I Smile Anyway…

Carefree Sygnets #Haibun #Haiku/Poems for Warriors

Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 96, “Congregate & Passion,” #SynonymsOnly — Colleen Chesebro ~ The Fairy Whisperer – Afterwards

besieged | method two madness

Gathering | Sue Vincent’s Daily Echo

Summer Peril – Tanka Challenge #96 | Katja Rammer

Stream of Life | Stuff and what if…

Poetry Friday ~ Congregate & Passion | The Writer Next Door|Vashti Q

The Rose | like mercury colliding…

Tanka Tuesday – Jazz | Twenty Four

Stormy Weather–Tanka – Yesterday and today: Merril’s historical musings

OMG, look what I’ve done now. | Mucky Boots and Flawless Paws

Bursting – Charmed Chaos

Tanka Tuesday Challenge/D. G. Kaye, Writer

Don't forgetTomorrow, the new challenge words come out. What syllabic poetry form will you use this week?











    1. The new prompt comes out tomorrow. I’m sorry, but I’m in the middle of a house renovation and won’t find the time to add your late entry. Hugs, my friend. ❤


    1. Thanks, Ritu and I LOVE this gorgeous photo of you. Thanks for being part of our poetry world. ❤


  1. WOW, WOW, WOW (Whoof oh whoof…) What a proud dog I am. Thank you so much Colleen. It is a confusing, sometimes frightening world for us and it got worse with the election of that man in your country. Did you know there had been dogs in the white house for 150 years till he came along. I wrote a blog about it at the time.

    I do my best to cope with it by a bit of humour and, of course, writing poetry!

    I’m just off to tell my friends in the forest all about my big award.
    Lots of love, Ben xx

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    1. Sweet Ben! You should be named the Dog of the Year! I hate what is happening in our country right now. Thank you for the humor and your lovely doggy take on life. Sometimes that is what we humans need. ❤

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    1. Thank you, Willow. I’ve learned so much from all of you poets. I applaud your brilliance and creativity. I’m so happy you’re part of this Willow. ❤


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