Colleen’s 2019 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 157 #SynonymsOnly


The magic of the season is all around us. Can you feel it?

Hi! I’m glad to see you here. Are you ready to write some syllabic poetry?

Here are your two words for this week:

“Give & Shake”

HERE’S THE CATCH: You can’t use the prompt words! SYNONYMS ONLY!  If you want to create something more specific – write a Haiku or Senryu with those synonyms by following the instructions HERE.

PLEASE support the other poets by visiting their blogs and leaving comments. Sharing each other’s work on social media is always nice too.

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:

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!


93 thoughts on “Colleen’s 2019 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 157 #SynonymsOnly

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  3. Hi Colleen – it has been a few weeks since I joined. anyway, here is my poem for this week:

    The Gift

    Rattle, roll and sway
    I have gifts to grant away
    Are you good or naught?
    You push as far as you can
    To figure out what I bought

    What’s the sound it makes
    Will it tinkle when it breaks?
    Careful how you swing
    Is it better to present
    Or does ”getting” make you sing?

    Yeah, a funny double-tanka with an odd rhyming scheme 😉


  4. Thanks for the prompt Colleen and I have gone with Grant and Tremble.. the post will go out Thursday with another reminder to participate.

    Butterfly Cinquain – I Grant you Permisson by Sally Cronin

    I grant
    you permission
    to abandon restraint
    and tremble with ecstatic bursts
    of joy.
    It is the time of chocolate
    and freedom to consume
    as many bars
    you wish.

    ©sally cronin 2019


        1. Yes, so when my family asks if I should be having that piece of chocolate, I will swiftly tell them, “Of course it is! Sally said so!” 😉 ❤


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  7. Here is my Tanka

    the view up the creek
    offers a beauty that dwells
    in this bend of the creek
    rhythm in the mountain air
    unwavering – soul soothing


  8. Here’s my Tanka

    the view up the creek
    offers a beauty that dwells
    in this bend of the creek
    rhythm in the mountain air
    unwavering – soul soothing



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  11. Hey Colleen, a mirrored nonet for this week, 🙏🏾

    Listen to the melody of life
    perverse in all its beauty
    It quivers within souls
    vibrating in essence
    a music of fate
    played by us
    to be
    to be
    your design
    Listen; compose
    your tune, your song
    Let life bless and bestow
    withhold and deny its will
    Surrender, don’t fight; manoeuvre
    Play and dance to your own song of songs


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