Colleen’s 2019 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 120, “Cold & Storm,” #SynonymsOnly


Hi! I’m glad to see you here. Are you ready to write some syllabic poetry?

Here are your two words for this week: COLD & STORM

HERE’S THE CATCH: You can’t use the prompt words! SYNONYMS ONLY! Except for the first challenge of the month ~ then, the poets get to choose their own words. <3

PLEASE support the other poets by visiting their blogs and leaving comments. Sharing each other’s work on social media is always nice too.

This challenge is for Tanka, Haiku, Senryu, Haibun, Etheree, Nonet, Shadorma, and Cinquain poetry forms. Please write your poetry in one of the above forms. Thank you.


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!

I sponsor this challenge to help poets learn how to write various forms of syllabic poetry. Remember, if you are sending your poetry for publication to literary journals, contests, or self-publishing, you should know the correct forms and use them.

If you don’t know how to create a specific form, click the links below to learn how.


For Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge, you can write your poem in one of the forms defined below. Click on the links to learn about each form:




CINQUAIN & the variations on Cinquain-Wikipedia 





Here are some great sites that will help you write your poetry and count syllables 

This site even has a link so you install the extension on Google Chrome.

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.

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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. The RECAP is published on Monday and will contain the challenge participant’s poems.

You have one week to complete the Challenge with a deadline of Sunday, at 12:00 P.M. (Noon) Denver time, U. S. A.

This will give me a chance to add the poems from the submission forms to the Recap I publish on Monday. I urge everyone to visit the blogs and comment on everyone’s poem.

The rules are simple

If it’s the first poetry challenge of the month, poets choose their own words. (Synonyms are not necessary). Otherwise, for the rest of the month, 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.

After you’ve published your poem on your own blog, copy and paste your poem into the form below. Then, click the SUBMIT button. (WordPress limits on the titles, so use the key below to know what to fill in the blanks). This form generates an email to me. Thanks to Charli Mills. We figured out the form! WOO HOO!

By participating in this challenge, you agree to allow me to publish your poem in a 2019 PDF collection of poetry if you are selected as the Poet of the Week. This collection will be available in January 2020 as a free download from my site.

Don't forget

As time allows, I will visit your blog, comment, and TWEET your POETRY.

If you add these hashtags to your post TITLE on your blog (depending on which poetry form you use) your poetry may be viewed more often:

#Haiku, #Tanka, #micropoetry, #poetry, #5lines, #Haibun, #Prose #Senryu, #CinquainPoetry, #Etheree, #Nonet, #Shadorma

Visit Robbie Cheadle’s POETRY SHARING GROUP on Facebook JOIN TODAY!

Robbie Cheadle has set up a public group on Facebook called: “Poetry Sharing Group.”  Please share each other’s poems to this group. I think this is a great way to share our work with other poets. Mind your manners. For every share, you must comment on another post in the group. Please click the link above to join this group. Remember, sharing is caring! Thank you. <3

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 are your two words for this week: “COLD & STORM”

Have fun and write some poetry!

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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. Appropriate words this week! We just had our first major storm of the winter (usually we get one in December or even November!), but it has been cold!

    • We’re getting bombarded with a blizzard. The wind gusts were horrible last night (over 60 mph). Our bedroom is upstairs and we could feel our house moving! Yikes. I’ve been up since the wee hours. Not worth much today. LOL! Be safe digging out. <3

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  4. Ooo I enjoyed this. My poem lost all formatting when I pasted it in your form. It’s a shadorma. Here’s a link so you can see it with the formatting. Thank you Colleen for this wonderful venue.

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  6. Reblogged this on My Corner and commented:
    Because Colleen is having trouble with pingbacks, I’m re-blogging her weekly poetry challenge from now on instead of linking to it in my posts. That way, you’ll still be able to join in the fun. If you want her to know you participated, you’ll need to submit the form on her post instead of linking to it on your blog.
    There are two advantages to this extra step. When Colleen publishes her weekly recap on Mondays, more traffic will be drawn to your blog. Also, if your work is chosen as poem of the week, it could be published in a collection at the end of the year.
    That said, here we go with today’s challenge. You’ll note that the words are “cold” and “storm.” As usual, the idea is to write a poem in a traditional form using synonyms of these words. Good luck, and stay tuned for my poem.

    • Thank you so very much, Abbie for your lovely introduction and reblog. This is working out so well with the submission form and I love sharing everyone’s poems. <3

  7. Here’s mine in case the pingback doesn’t work.

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  9. Here’s my take on this week’s challenge:

    Happy reading! 🙂

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  13. Hi Colleen I have tried to submit the poem about 6 times it just doesn’t seem to work

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  16. I have never written a Haiku before, but here is my completely novice contribution. I hope I complied with the rules!
    Stone breaks freezing ice
    A flurry of turmoil beneath.
    Still water stirred.

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  18. Hi Colleen.. I have submitted but I am afraid the first line is at the end of your instructions… sorry.. xxx

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  20. I’ve posted a second one, Colleen. Hope that’s okay. Had a sudden longing to write a nonette 🙂

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  26. Hi Colleen- I sent via the form and sharing here as well:

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  32. Anita insisted I send you her latest poetry explorations as she is pleased as punch that she managed to do these too!

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  35. Thanks for the challenge, Colleen. I submitted my entry. Have a great weekend! <3

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  38. I think it worked…(K)

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  40. I’ve entered with a short excerpt from the unedited Curse of Time Book Two: Golden Healer and a Shadorma. 🙂

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  45. Hopefully Iv’e slid in under the wire

    Now I’m off to read everyone’s poems 🙂

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