Colleen’s #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge Recap No. 113th, 1st of Month: Poets Choice of Words

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 in 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.

Once again, you’ve all made it very difficult for me to pick a single poem. I’m so pleased with the turn out for this challenge. Your poems are getting better and better. This week, I’ve chosen two special poems.

First up, is Anita Dawes, from Anita Dawes & Jaye Marie’s blog. I was taken with this double Nonet poem because of its old-world tone. Anita skillfully weaves a tale of disaster that grabs you and holds you until the suspenseful end. 

Broken Ground

I fight my way back through snow and rain
My home close, I see chimney smoke
Windows lit by lanterns glow
My path lay deep with snow
The lake forgotten
I hear the sound
Ice cracking
Feet wet
Sinking fast
My heart freezing
Hope disappearing
I am lost to this world
My voice blown back by the wind
No help has come to pull me free
I pray the Lord, my soul he will free…
© 2018 Anita Dawes

The second one is written by a young man of twelve years old, Robbie Cheadle’s son, Michael.

Writing poetry is a great way for pre-teens and teens to express their feelings. I bet most of us started writing poetry when we were young. I know I did. 

Even though Michael’s poem doesn’t follow any syllabic structure I was thrilled that he wanted to participate in the challenge. I bet he could grasp the mechanics behind a Haiku in no time. 😀

What I really liked about Michael’s poetry is that he wrote in a stream of consciousness manner. He wasn’t afraid to share his hopes and dreams. Well done. ❤ (His Mom’s poem is worth a read too!)

Michael Cheadle
Child of Terence and Robbie Cheadle
Who loves my family
Who dislikes spiders
Who wants to go to Scotland
Who wishes he could
have met Shakespeare
Who is scared of snakes
Who dreams of being an engineer
Who is determined to get a job at 23
Who values family
Who lives in South Africa

© 2018 Michael Cheadle

“Listen, real poetry doesn’t say anything; it just ticks off the possibilities. Opens all doors. You can walk through any one that suits you.”

Jim Morrison

Read more at:


Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challenge – #haiku #poem – Christina Herd Poems and Flash Fiction

Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challenge Poet’s Choice Ice & Sparkle | Annette Rochelle Aben

Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 113, Happy December! Poets Choice of Words – Ladyleemanila

Follow Me #nonet | Trent’s World (the Blog)

Red berry, red planet – Jane Dougherty Writes

The Snowflake Mystery – Sharing With Others –

Generations ~ #etheree #PoetryChallenge | Night Owl Poetry – Dorinda Duclos


Covert Essentials: a #TankaTuesday #TankaProse (12/4/18) – Frank J. Tassone

Meteor #Tanka #Poetry – Your Mercies New

Murk: Nonet Poet | Ethan Edgar

Wednesday Words Poetry Challenge: Christmas and Letter (Synonyms Only) – My Corner

Grief – What she wrote next

Her Warmth – #Tanka – Let Me Tell You the Story of…

A Knowing | thoughts and entanglements

Smorgasbord Poetry – Colleen Chesebro Tuesday #Tanka #Poetry Challenge – #Etheree – December and Laughter | Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

#Poetrychallenge – A reflective poem by Michael Cheadle – Robbie’s inspiration

Galaxy – thehouseofbailey

Colleen’s Poetry Challenge – Poet’s Choice of Words | The Showers of Blessings

Tanka Tuesday – deluge | Twenty Four

Long Meg… | Sue Vincent’s Daily Echo

Colleen’s Weekly #Poetry Challenge… #Nonet | anita dawes and jaye marie

Ben’s weekly poetry, #Haiku | Mucky Boots and Flawless Paws

Tranquility | Stuff and what if…

Step Through Into Fantasy: An Etheree – noblethemes

Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 113, Happy December! Poets Choice of Words | M J Mallon YA/Paranormal Author

Silvered Vapor – Charmed Chaos

“The Triskele,” A Shadorma Poem – Colleen Chesebro ~ The Faery Whisperer

All that matters – Playing with words

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Weekly Round Up. | Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

#Nonet, 30-Day Song Challenge: Day 9 – Culture Shocks

Poet’s Choice of Words | D.G. Kaye Writer

Thanks for all your hard work! ❤

28 thoughts on “Colleen’s #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge Recap No. 113th, 1st of Month: Poets Choice of Words

  1. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord Blog Magazine and commented:
    Time for recap of the week’s responses to Colleen Chesebro’s #Tuesday #Poetry challenge.. two special mentions this week for Anita Dawes and Jaye Marie and Michael Cheadle, one half of the dynamic writing duo (with mum Robbie Cheadle) amazing poems from everyone.. Tomorrow a new challenge.. why not give it a try… #recommended

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