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! <3

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. <3

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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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  1. Congratulations to our winner Sue, and my dear sis, Willow! Fantastic tanks, Philip! 😁

  2. 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

  3. Congratulations to Sue, Willow and Philip! Thanks, Colleen!

  4. Congratulations to all!

  5. Congratulations to this week’s winners!

  6. Congrats to all! Thank you for sharing, Colleen.

  7. A great selection as always–congratulations Sue, Willow, and Phillip–well-deserved.

  8. What a surprise! Thanks so much, Colleen 🙂 And such a great collection of poems this week — Sue’s double Etheree is so wonderful!

  9. So much talent! Colleen, I love your graphic with the dancing skeletons!

  10. Congrats to Sue. Wonderful choice! <3

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

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  13. Fabulous double etheree by Sue… and great honorable mentions.. another wonderful week Colleen.. ♥

  14. Congratulations to all. You guys deserved this!! And Colleen, thank you for these wonderful Tuesdays.

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  16. 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.

  17. Lots of wonderful poetry. 🙂

  18. Congratulations, Sue & Willow!! Thanks for the mention, Sis! I’m having fun with these words 🙂 <3

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