Colleen’s 2019 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 154 #PhotoPrompt


Hi! I’m glad to see you here. Are you ready to write some syllabic poetry? I’ve updated my landing page to provide the challenge rules and links to all the poetry forms to make it easier for you to find. Check it out HERE!

It’s the middle of the month challenge ~ time for a photo prompt!

This month we will use a photo chosen by last month’s “Photo-Prompt” Poet of the Week ~ Linda Lee Lyberg.

Use the above photo as the inspiration for your poem. Ask yourself questions. Be creative! What emotions does this photo stir in you?

You can use Pixabay or any other creative commons photos – just give attribution to the photographer. If you would like to use your own photos, just let me know that bit of information. Please email the photo NLT 3 days before the next month’s photo challenge.

After you’ve posted your poem on your blog, please copy your poem in the comments section of the challenge post. This way, we can find all the poetry in one place.

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 Time).  That should give everyone time to see the prompt from around the world. I publish the RECAP on Monday. It will contain the Poet of the Week and any Honorable Mention poetry.

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

The rules are simple…

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

Click HERE to find Colleen M. Chesebro’s Facebook page. Please share the challenge poetry on your social media. Thanks.

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 #PhotoPromptPoetry

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!

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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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    Rosy hued hillsides
    Sunset illuminating
    Birds do nestward fly
    Cavern refuge – close of day
    Bats making silent exit

  3. Good Morning Colleen!

    TAKING FLIGHT- Butterfly Cinquain
    voices echo
    into the vast abyss
    chanting to persimmon sunrise
    ancestor spirits sing
    in sacred light,
    take flight

  4. Ironically I used this sane picture yesterday to write to. lol I may have to skip this week.

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  6. Going out Wednesday Colleen… but here is my

    Mirror Cinquain – Westward by Sally Cronin

    We wait
    within the cave;
    looking towards the east.
    The sun rises to guide the way
    We leave,
    driven to pass on precious genes,
    of strength and stamina,
    humans will need
    to thrive.

    ©Sally Cronin 2019

  7. I’ve written a Haiku Garland about The Morrigan that will post on Wednesday.

    “The Morrigan”

    Shape-shifting goddess
    woman of the fairy mound
    divine poetess

    From haunted visions
    the great queen chooses her own
    heed the corvid’s call

    acknowledge and learn
    as she delves into your soul
    to expose your strengths

    Her voice, a whisper
    or a terrifying wail
    sovereignty required

    Morrigan of the
    raven wing, finder of souls
    I accept your gift.

    ©2019 Colleen M. Chesebro

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  9. Hi Colleen I did a Tanka this week.

    And So the Dawn.

    Come beautiful birds
    Fill the skies, grace my eyes
    Share with me the dawn
    Together we awaken
    The beauty of tomorrow

  10. Gorgeous photo! <3

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  12. Hey Colleen, a tanka for this week’s photo prompt.

    sunburnt clouds of dawn
    scorched by rays of reality
    all privacy scorned
    bats flee with echoes of dreams
    to caves of secrets veiled from light

  13. Here is our contribution, Colleen…

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  15. Here’s my link and here’s my Haiku!

    On Sunrise

    Morning sun awakens

    Many feathered creatures fly

    Among orange clouds

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  17. I’m procrastinating, so I did this challenge. Hahaha. A shadorma sequence.
    with a bang
    comes the birth of worlds
    and star songs
    drift, falling
    to papaya glow, rising
    over barren rocks

    then soaring
    above burnished crags
    the black-winged
    dreamers fly,
    carrying all the befores
    and all the afters

    landing here
    where light and shadows
    dance, holding
    possibility aloft
    for millennia.

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    Mouth Agape

    Traci Kenworth

    A glory divine

    raw awakening, birds streak

    canyon opening

  19. Return ( double etheree)

    Of Light
    Into light
    Endless cycle
    Being becoming
    Opened to greet the dawn
    Each heart a virgin landscape
    Enduring and embracing life
    Knowing the freedom of pure spirit
    Assimilating the gifts of constraint
    Each soul a mirror reflecting its Self
    Garnering the fruits of existence
    A multiverse in human form
    Chiselled by experience
    Sharing a pilgrimage
    Enriches the Source
    From light to Light

  20. We forgot to add the poem earlier, so here it is…

    body love
    The sight of bats
    Dark webbed wings flying
    Beneath the blood red skies
    Cold shivers run down my back
    A sudden warning flashed in mind
    Of tangled hair, tapping on windows
    Dark soul lost asking to enter, to feed…

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  22. sunriseset

    Children grow
    wings, flying high, far–
    in the wake
    we wait for
    yesterday to catch up with
    what they have become

    the pattern of days
    and closing,
    the inside of the circle
    empties and refills

    our footsteps, echoed,
    mirrored, but
    not the same–
    the outlines rearranging
    beginning to end

    the pattern of days
    and closing,
    the inside of the circle
    empties and refills

    as always I have art and an explanation

  23. Another shadorma, I’ll let the raven speak for me
    Crouching low

    she turns with a smile,


    smooth white limb

    encased in mesh, not feathers

    will she fly with me?

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  26. Cave dwellers behold

    Brilliant heavenly beauty
    Imminent sunset


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  28. A great photograph, Colleen.

    Here are my two haiku’s:

    in shades of evenings warning
    tells of rains to come

    Trying to trap a
    reluctant and resistant
    soul, colours life red

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