Colleen’s 2019 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 156, #Poet’sChoice


It’s the first of the month and you know what that means! Poets choose your 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. Don’t forget to share your poetry in the comments. It’s been great seeing all your poetry in one place!

Remember, many of our poets have published books that would make great gifts for the holidays. Check out the list HERE in the Tanka Tuesday Book Store. (Widgets on the right side menu take you to their Amazon Author Pages).

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. I publish the RECAP on the following Monday. It will contain 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.

The rules are simple.

Follow the schedule listed below:

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 my Facebook Author Page.

Click HERE to follow me 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:

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Now, 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.

121 thoughts on “Colleen’s 2019 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 156, #Poet’sChoice

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    1. I think you have captured the mix of emotions beautifully … and, have answered the challenge of the shadorma form. It runs deep, Padre.


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  5. As Christmas approaches I have written a Tanka about the homeless.

    Living on the street
    Cold, hungry, looking at feet.
    No one cares for me
    None show any sympathy
    Good will to all, oh! really.


  6. weightless

    open the
    sky, wash the air with
    colors, sing
    the wind far
    and over the veiled secrets
    hidden and exposed

    written in
    the patterns of land,
    dancing on
    of distilled light, taking all
    and then returning

    on boundless oceans
    flowing be
    yond, unfurled,
    spinning with spirits, flying–
    exploding like stars

    images as always:



  7. Metamorphosis :- ( Form :- Shadorma )

    negative meaning,
    largely bears,
    when we use,
    it as a fuel for dreams,
    amazing things take,
    shape, hidden,
    strength comes to fore, which,
    seemed hard to,
    reach, turns easy,
    becomes a positive force,


      1. Thanks for the information.Yes, I have used the site to count the syllables, I have actually composed 2 Shadorma’s in a single poem, like you have mentioned. I hope I have got the syllables and the Shadorma’s right.


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  9. Hey Colleen, i wrote this series of haiku to tell a story, titled COURAGE

    Unexplored romance
    remnants of love left behind
    discovered but lost

    Salacious desires
    obscured within realms of lust
    moistened by passion

    The She, meant to be
    searching for port on his coast
    for beach amongst rock

    Her furnace of love
    forlorn on his icy shores
    left unrecognised

    Her whispers linger
    Her embers carry memory
    His chance not taken


  10. How quickly the Poet’s Choice comes around and December already…. Here is my poem from my post today ♥ – Double Etheree – Happy Christmas by Sally Cronin

    would think
    at my age,
    I would have lost
    this childish delight
    and anticipation
    of the weeks of fun ahead.
    Christmas represents many things,
    depending on our faith or culture,
    but at its heart is peace and love to all.
    We are encouraged to be inclusive,
    and change the name of this festival,
    to call it just ‘the holidays’.
    But my friends of other faiths
    are delighted to share
    our celebrations,
    bringing their love
    and friendship
    as their

    ©Sally Cronin


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  12. Hi Colleen–a shadorma sequence

    He’s breathless
    at the sight of them,
    all seven
    Heedless of their desires,
    only knows his own.

    A god’s touch–
    they’re doves. Now weightless,
    flying high
    and higher
    through the moon’s shimmer, and then,
    too, they glimmer.

    Ageless, they
    wander, star-lighted,
    twinkling and
    through the skies. Are they at peace?
    Immortal sisters

    still pursued
    but untouchable,
    in stellar
    grace they sail
    an indigo timeless sea
    forever and on.


  13. a tanka titled: SAD by Annette Rochelle Aben (my poet’s words are SEEK & ELUSIVE)

    Just seeing someone
    Trying too hard to be liked
    Can be confusing
    The very thing they’re seeking
    Grows ever more elusive
    ©2019 Annette Rochelle Aben


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  15. Hi Colleen,
    Since I am at work and my brain is in another place I decided to share this one instead. A good weekend to you.


    through the morning haze
    comes the rhythm of the waves –
    gulls prance on smooth sand

    Pat R


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  17. I will tried an Etheree.

    Let it Snow




Mother nature’s space
    Obscuring dumpster rubbish

    Hiding the ugliness of life

    With white comforters of icy fluff

    Landscapes adorned for a the winter season



    1. Marjorie I love this double Etheree , the story with it is lovely too. I am so pleased that you are back here, your poetry has been missed. I am afraid I could not find your comment box so I am commenting here .hugs to you 💜


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