Colleen’s 2019 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 134 #SynonymsOnly


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

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Happy July! It’s the first challenge of the month and poet’s choice of words!

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. ❤

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 Haiku, Senryu, Haiga, Tanka, Haibun, Etheree, Nonet, Shadorma, and Cinquain poetry forms. Freestyle rhyming poetry is not part of this challenge. Thank you. ❤

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 can 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 to compose my poems. Click on the “Workshop” tab, then cut and paste your poetry into the box. Click the Count Syllables button on the button. This site does the hard work for you.


I will publish the Tuesday prompt post at 12: 03 A.M. Mountain Standard Time (Phoenix 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) Phoenix time, U. S. A.

This will give me a chance to cut and paste the poems from the submission form emails into the Recap published on Monday.

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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 me on the title names, so use the Key below to know what to fill in the blanks) This form generates an email to me.

Don’t forget to click SUBMIT.

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.Submit

Please note: I will not retrieve your poetry from the pingbacks any longer – only from the submission form emails. If you want to be considered for the Poet of the Week or published on the Recap please use the Submission Form. ❤

However, if you can’t get the submission form to work for you, email me at Please list your name, Title & Type of poem, the web address of your poem, and your poem. ❤

Don't forget

As time allows, I will visit your blog, comment, and TWEET your POETRY. I have also been sharing some of your poetry on

Click here to follow me on MeWe.

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

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:

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Sign up for my weekly blog recap newsletter. As a special thanks after subscribing, you can grab your FREE copy of my Poetry Forms Cheatsheet, which is perfect for use on the weekly poetry challenge. Just fly over to my SIGN UP PAGE and enter your email. ❤

Have fun and write some poetry!

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.

85 thoughts on “Colleen’s 2019 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 134 #SynonymsOnly

    1. Elizabeth, I did get the “reusable form to take this time. I’m having so many difficulties. 😦 Please add your poem. I’m trying a new way to download the data from the messages into a post. It should save me tons of trouble. We’ll see…

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            1. Thanks. I let WP know that all my draft posts and my saved reusable blocks had disappeared. They came back and acted like they were all there. I think they reset something. It’s all working better now. ❤


  1. Pingback: July 2019 – K.
    1. Great. The problem is that the form won’t work for most folks and I end up grabbing their poem from their site or an independent email anyway. Very frustrating.


        1. I’m almost at the point of moving to the business plan. I pay for two blogs on the premium plan. There are tons of free plugins that give your blog more functionality but you must be on the premium plan to get them to work. I do believe that is where they are pushing us. They were no help at all when I contacted them. This editor is missing functionality. I’ve had trouble from the start while some of my other friends have no issues at all. My sister in law uses Wix for a business site. That has more functionality but is way harder to use. There is no happy medium anymore.

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          1. I’m fair at HTML and some of the hard coding stuff, but they don’t give you the freedom to do much. I guess I understand – capitalism, after all – but it still feel so frustrating. I’m on the free plan, and I really dislike how my site is littered with ads, but I don’t feel like I can do anything until I can start really treating writing like a sort of business. If it is your business, it may be a good idea to switch plans around.

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          1. Since I can’t install them (on the free plan with no immediate plan to change that), I can’t try them out, unfortunately…

            My assessment is they’re at least *advertised* to do what you need. What I fear, though, is that people will have issues no matter what you do. I also don’t see reviews or info on whether it works well with mobile, and that could mess people up. Without trying it beforehand, I don’t know how much better this would make everything.

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  2. Well I see at least my pingback worked. My problem is it only shows the first line of the poem. That’s what it did yesterday too. I’ll email it. good luck! (K)

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    1. Thanks, Marje. We’re going to do away with the form and just have you guys email me. So much easier. If I have to grab your poem from your website I have to spend longer trying to reformat it. WP has made everything so much more difficult. 😦

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              1. Wow, that must have been scary! All is well with me and the family. Hubby has been offered a new job so will be starting soon. I’m getting on okay at work but long hours. Girls are both doing well. Eldest has a new boyfriend!

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