Colleen’s 2019 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 121, “Slow & Work,” #SynonymsOnly


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

Here’s your two words for this week: SLOW & WORK

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. Freestyle rhyming poetry is not part of this challenge. Thank you. <3


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.


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.

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 prompt words for this week: “SLOW & WORK”

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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  3. This week things really started to flow. I just might get the hang of the haibun after all.. Thank you Colleen for the amazing prompt and the venue.

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  5. Hi Colleen, it has been a long time that I joined the challenge, I’m trying to get back to it. Here is my link, hope I submitted the form the right way.

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  7. Reblogged this on My Corner and commented:
    Here’s Colleen Chesebro’s poetry challenge for this week. Her words are “slow” and “work,” and the idea is to write a traditional-form poem using only synonyms of these words. If you participate, please be sure to complete the form on her post so she can link to your post next week in her update. Good luck, and stay tuned for my response.

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  9. Hello – I just wanted to say thank you so much for the curation work that goes into this. I’m definitely loving the form, especially how it’ll confirm that you submitted if you look at the page again after you submit. I like it on the Carrot Ranch too, so perhaps I’m biased!

    I think I had a pingback for my little nonet, so it’s probably in the queue, but here’s a little link anyway:

    Hope you have a great day!

  10. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord Blog Magazine and commented:
    Here are the prompt words for this week’s poetry challenge from Colleen Chesebro… Synonyms only for ‘Slow and Work’. Time to put your syllables to work in one form or another… #recommended

  11. I am late this week will be playing catch up tomorrow 💜💜

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  14. Thanks, again, for last week’s feature, Colleen! Here is my latest:

  15. Hoping to hop back in soon, but these 2 words describe me now – slow (mode) and (not feeling like) working LOL <3

  16. Hi Colleen,
    I think I might have submitted twice, not sure. My new phone and I are still working things out…..and I’m getting use to this new submission form.
    Let me know what you see.



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  24. This was inspired by some comments at your author interview with me.

    words raced fast as snails
    across the page left slick trails
    arduous task – sales

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  26. Spur of the moment inspiration this week from today’s Google Doodle, Colleen. I put on my historian’s hat. 🙂 I think I entered everything correctly this time.

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  29. Thanks for another great weekly challenge, Colleen! Have a great weekend! <3 xo

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  32. Hello Colleen! A butterfly chinquapin this week.

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  36. Hi Colleen, I’m back to writing poetry. Here’s this week’s entry. Have a wonderful weekend.

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  39. I can’t get the submission to work again, even in Chrome. I’ll try later tonight with both browsers. (K)

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  41. Hi Colleen, I emailed the poem to you. I forgot the pingback, Here’s the link again. I know it may not need the need when there’s a pingback, I send it again anyway.

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