Colleen’s 2019 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 153 #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:

Grace & Style

HERE’S THE CATCH: You can’t use the prompt words! SYNONYMS ONLY! 

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. <3

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.

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I will publish the Tuesday prompt post at 12: 03 A.M. Mountain Standard Time (Phoenix, AZ).  That should give everyone time to see the prompt from around the world. The RECAP is published on Monday and will contain the poetry from the Poet of the Month and any Honorable Mentions.

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

Follow the schedule listed below:

Let’s try something different. It would be great to see everyone’s poetry on one post. I’m trying to find a plugin that will help us with this issue. Stay tuned.

In the meantime…

Instead of a link-back, copy and paste your poem in the comments. This will work except for Haiga poetry. In that case, copy the link of your poem in the comments and let us know that it’s a Haiga.


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 Facebook.

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:

Have fun and write some poetry! Don’t forget to copy and paste your poem in the comments!


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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. Thanks Colleen…will get on it..hugsxx ♥

  3. Hi Colleen thank you for the lovely prompt.. it brought my mother to mind.. so I have written a double etheree and I have used ‘Embellish and Flair’ it will be on my blog tomorrow, but lovely and easy to cut and paste here for people to read too..

    Double Etheree – The Duchess by Sally Cronin

    did not
    her love of clothes.
    She would embellish
    the plainest of jackets,
    gracing her neck with silk scarves
    usually in shades of bright pink.
    A colour that she had adopted
    when a child as her signature palette.
    Her love of pink became legendary
    as did her fashion tips and advice.
    These included strict instructions
    in a letter when ninety,
    which jacket she would wear
    on her last journey.
    Rose pink of course.
    to the

    ©Sally Cronin

  4. Hi Colleen! I did a haibun and nonet this week. I hope you enjoy!

    • Cool. Did you paste them in the comments? That way everyone can see your poems. ❤️

      • Warmth

        It is a dark and cold November day. The clouds are dragging grey across the dull sky, faded dead leaves litter the ground. Even the fire doesn’t provide warmth. I need something to spark my flame. I need you.

        You beckon, drawing me into the bedroom. Beneath the sheets, you cuddled in my arms, I see lovers in the vibrant clouds. The setting sun glints rainbows on the tropical waters with horses dancing in the waves. A warm breeze over the cool, majestic mountains makes me forget the forecast of snow. Waterfalls near and far pulls me more into your allure.

        I search you out on a cold dark day
        Your agile tongue speaks in my mind
        I follow your elegance
        Dreaming with open eyes
        Bewitched by your tone
        Another land
        On your pages
        A book

      • Uhm… Yes 😉

  5. symmetry
    of thoughts enables
    balanced views
    till I find
    my groove – so strong
    it will sustain rebellions

    Reena Saxena (c)2019

  6. Propriety be damned
    By Violet Lentz

    “If My Lady would indulge me.” He bows smartly at the waist, his pampered palm outstretched. Every rule of decency demands, I must elegantly accept.

    His spit shine and neatened whiskers a blatant effrontery of couth, as ill intention sweet as succor slips, past lewd lascivious lips.

    I smile through risen bile, endure his heated breath upon my nape. As stripped of everything but, title, all propriety be damned, I do as desperation dictates- and oblige- this deplorable ilk of man.

    dread of derision
    erases all decorum
    impropriety ensues

    I sure hope I am doing this right, Colleen. I haven’t participated in a while, and the posting rules have changed.

    Either way, It is my pleasure to be here again.

    • Wow! This is fabulous! We were trying to figure out a way that everyone could read the poetry on the challenge post without me having to do all the work on a recap. You still do a post, just copy the poem here too – which you did. <3

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  8. Instead of saying how apt your words are for self-description I thought I would try this instead, to be found at

  9. Tanka
    Join me for this meal
    Lets give thanks as pilgrims did
    They survived hard times
    They left their homes full of hope
    Enjoy fruits of first harvest.

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  12. Hi Colleen, a stylish double butterfly cinquain for this prompt.

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  16. Title: Commanding Presence
    Dignity maintained
    Due to her approach to life
    She attracts respect
    ©2019 Annette Rochelle Aben

  17. Hi Sis! Here’s the link and here’s my haiku <3

    "On Flying South"

    Exquisiteness flies

    Heading south, in formation

    Wings spread, open, wide

  18. Approach to stillness
    Keep the poise all the moments
    Magic will surface

    Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Challenge
    Synonyms for Grace & Style, a Haiku
    Traci Kenworth

    The Writer
    she polishes and blots out
    her method unique—
    a writer’s office


    Shadorma: Resting Awhile

    caught off guard
    sudden winter storm
    wild wind
    tangled plans
    her beautiful patterned wings
    resting awhile

  21. Hey Colleen! Here I have written a prose enveloped haibun. The theme of my poem is the sacred river Ganges that flows in India. In recent years, it has become the most polluted river in the world. I have tried to bring the issue into light through the poem. It’s a bit long haibun, so it would be difficult for the readers to read it completely here as I have explained the context at the end of the post. I would request you to please check it out through this link

    • Thanks, Mistella. Please copy and paste your poem in the comments. ❤️

      • Yea here I go!!

        Ganges at Six in the Morning

        6’O clock
        I and me, crossing the Ganges on a freight train, see the horizon enveloped in life. Indian women with their own elegance borrow water from the goddess. Men, after the holy dip, join their hands before the sun.

        Heart of India
        Lies in this stream, which spread and
        Sanctify their souls.

        I can see life and death at the same time. Bodies which no longer breathe, are being drown in it. Also, the bodies which breathe are drawing water to drink. But it’s difficult to find which body is alive and which one’s dead.

        Plastics, garbage, dance
        on surface, to enter bodies,
        Whether breathe or not.

        And now the river’s crossed. I look inside. The bodies beside mine have closed their eyes. Some are open, but are of no use. Their mouths are whispering to each other in their own fashion. Some talk of politics, some about the mythology. Oh! They also know the stories about the purity of Ganges. But…

        None of these stories
        Can sanctify the drops which
        Purify these mouths.

        Now I need to be ready, for my stoppage is arriving. I dare not call it my destination as it’s already decided. The sacred Ganges that I crossed is the ultimate end of this body. Like all of them, I also have to die before death. [“I’m a critic of left wing ideology.”
        “You’re right. They don’t respect the indian culture.”
        “By the way who will win the election this time. What do you think?”]
        And here comes my stoppage. Let’s meet new bodies, new eyes and new mouths.

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  24. Hi,
    My senryu is @
    And the lines are as follows:

    Beauty in her soul,
    Her bright spirit a beacon,
    But still much maligned.

  25. Hi, Colleen! Happy Friday! Thanks for hosting this wonderful prompt challenge! <3 xo

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  27. The Peacock
    by ~RuthScribbles

    the peacock swaggers

    onlookers gaze eagerly

    feathers sweep the lawn

    elegant manner displayed

    fancy tail quivers and sways

  28. Hello Colleen! A little background one my post. Years ago, I had a session with an Indian Shaman, and he said one of my spirit animals is coyote, and named me Crystal Blue Coyote.


    desert coyote
    named my spirit animal
    charming and winsome

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  31. Short and sweet this time. 🙂 A Crapsey Cinquain.

    I watch–

    the rosy red

    blooming, adorning the sky

    fashioning the day’s beginning,


  32. Haibun: Marceline’s Stage Fright (

    Nowhere to turn but the now
    Moon is spotlighting

    After meeting with lobbyists from various advocacy groups all day, Princess Marceline attempted to sleep. Despite residing in the comfort of her castle, she was entangled in her sheets and unable to rest in her bed as she tossed and turned. In her dream, she was supposed to pitch several ideas and initiatives to help her country recover from the damage caused by war by presenting a speech in front of the people she served. Wearing a brilliant blue gown designed by fashion designer, Pierre, she marveled at the beauty of the intricate lacy French brocade near her wrists.

    She pulled the curtains aside and stepped forward out to the balcony. As her subjects’ eyes attentively stared back at her, Marceline’s typical poise was disturbed by her inability to speak. She suddenly remembered something that a dear friend once shared with her which elevated her spirit.

    “Surfing in crowds is like mind over matter. If I don’t mind it don’t matter.” -Brodus Rogers
    Her trembling was imperceptible from such a far distance, but she refused to be daunted by the anxiety of her temporary muteness. She drew in strength from her loyal, dedicated audience and smiled. She turned to her interpreter on the right and began performing sign language. The interpreter read her hands and began speaking into the mike and out to the crowd before her, “Thank you for coming out today. Contrary to a popular critic’s prediction that the crowd will not come out due to the cold and rain, it seems like today is quite the exception!” Marceline slowly felt the anxiety melt away as the crowd cheered in unison.

    Lucid dreams present
    A chance to change the outcome
    Dignity and charm

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