Colleen’s 2019 #Tanka Tuesday #Poet of the Week & Honorable Mention(s), No. 150, #SynonymsOnly

syllabic poetry haunts
feast your eyes on this

©2019 Colleen M. Chesebro

Welcome to the Tanka Tuesday Poetry Recap featuring the Poet of the Week including honorable mention poetry that caught my attention. 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.

Congratulations, and many thanks to all the participants! You’ve all outdone yourselves this week! Can you believe that this was the 159th poetry challenge we’ve done together? I had so much fun reading all the Halloween themed poetry.

Check out a few here: (This is only a selection. Go to the challenge post links to find more).

Hallows Eve, by Linda Lee Lyberg

Spook Night, by Jellico’s Writing Nook

Halloween Stew, by Trent McDonald

Hocus Pocus Tanka, by Dorinda Duclos

Please visit the challenge post comments HERE, where you’ll find the links to everyone’s poetry. Stop by and say hello! ❤

I will publish the Poet of the Week and Honorable Mention Poets in the 2019 Poet of the Week Anthology, which everyone can grab as a FREE PDF in January 2020.

Each week, I like to highlight a poet who I call the Poet of the Week who has shared an exceptional message or shown impassioned creativity through words or form. Poetry is all about perception. You may not feel the same way about my choice. That’s okay. Perception is different for all of us.

The Poet of the Week

This week, I’ve chosen as the Poet of the Week, Sue Vincent, for her double Etheree poem featured below. There’s a lot of hidden truths drifting in the mystical aura of Sue’s words.


The noonday sky
Casting its shadow
Upon the minds of men
The known becomes the unknown
Primal emotion seeping through
Cracks civilisation’s illusions
Constants hidden and thrown into question
Despite itself logic loses control
Great Nature reminds us of our place
Reliant upon her bounty
Life and death are in her gift
Children of earth and stars
Turn towards the source
To watch and wait

©2019 Sue Vincent

Tanka Tuesday Poet of the Week: Eclipsed via @SCVincent

Honorable Mention(s)

I love poetic surprises! Willow Willers felt inspired to slip back into history with her Elizabethan sounding Shadorma. The first time I read this, I read her words out loud in my best British accent. I think this is a great use of the prompt words. See not everything had to be about Halloween.


T’was ever
such a deception
as when thou
promised to
do fair and handsome by me;
thou didst mislead so.

©2019 Willow Willers

 Phillip Knight Scott also caught my attention with his Tanka poem. I liked the flow of his words. The last line is perfect. However, you can read this Tanka in reverse, too.

Tanka #5

I sat in a trance
moments of rumination
trumpets — in silence —
singing ‘life’s an illusion’
Oh wake up! The joke’s on me.

©2019 Philip Knight Scott

P.S. I’m experimenting with plugins. I’ve also noticed that many of your posts are not making it as a link back to the challenge post. It takes so much time for me to find your poems through Twitter and Facebook. Now that I’m on the business plan, I’ll look into some plugins that might make our poetry linking easier. Stay tuned. ❤

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.

42 thoughts on “Colleen’s 2019 #Tanka Tuesday #Poet of the Week & Honorable Mention(s), No. 150, #SynonymsOnly

  1. What a lovely surprise, Colleen! Thank you 🙂

    (As an aside, I only found this as I subscribe to your blog…no link came through. Not even to spam 😉 ) xx


  2. I loved your Haiku, Colleen! Congratulations to Sue on being selected ‘Poet of the Week,’ and to the honorable mentions! 😀 xo


  3. Thanks for the call out 🙂 Like Sue, I didn’t get a link so just discovered it by coming back to see who was the poet of the week.


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