Colleen’s 2020 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 159, #Poet’sChoice


It’s the first of the month and you know what that means! Poets, choose your own syllabic poetry form, theme, words, images, etc. It’s up to you!

PLEASE support the other poets by visiting blogs and leaving comments. Peer reviews help poets perfect their writing craft. Remember… sharing is caring.

For Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge, you can write your poem in the forms defined on the Poetry Challenge Cheatsheet:

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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Every Tuesday I’ll post the challenge early enough so everyone can see it. Remember, there will be no recap.

The rules are simple. Write your poetry on your blog.

Do a link-back by placing the HTTPS:// address of the challenge post into your post. ALSO, please copy your poem and add it to the comments. If you created a Haiga, let us know in the comments with a link to your post. Now, all of the poetry ends up on the challenge post in one place.

Follow the schedule listed below:

Don't forget

I will visit your blog, comment, and TWEET your POETRY. 

If you add these hashtags to the post TITLE on your blog (depending on which poetry form you use) your poetry may be viewed more often on Twitter:

#Haiku, #Senryu, #Haiga, #Tanka, #micropoetry, #poetry, #5lines, #Haibun, #Prose, #CinquainPoetry, #Etheree, #Nonet, #Shadorma

Now, 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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  2. Here is my poem.
    Well as it is my choice I have decided to write a Tanka on the promise of Spring. A play on Hope Springs Eternal.

    Title : New Year

    Bare almost extinct

    Tired, at the old year’s ending.

    In hibernation

    Nature’s spring hope’s eternal

    New life giving life to all

    © willowdot21.wordpress .com

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  5. Hi Colleen. My first poem of the new year is here:

    As you see, I chose a tanka this week 🙂

    After the Solstice

    Cold wind on the sand
    Early sunset lights water
    Ice under surface
    As land sleeps through the season
    The sea celebrates winter

    I hope you enjoyed. (OK, it needs my photo to make 100% sense 😉 )

  6. Thanks Colleen.. going out Sunday this week… ♥

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  8. a solo tanka (2 prompts): cornflakes

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  11. A tanka from me:

    First flowers open

    Eager anticipation

    Winter’s chill recedes

    Imagination opens

    Blooms and blossom yet to come

  12. Hi colleen, a little love in this. Enjoyed the free style.
    Stormy gray nimbus
    how you struggle with emotion
    withholding your love
    Listen! You can hear it in her midnight sigh
    a whisper of secrets from her dreams of you
    Close your eyes and feel it by your side
    the caress of fingers demanding their due
    Don’t think, don’t reason, alleviate your mind
    let soul preside, let heart steer you true
    Lone thirsting daisy
    beauty coaxing the heavens
    till nourishment falls
    gray clouds glow white with relief
    the sun shines on you and me.

  13. Hope your New Year started well, Colleen… Here is this weeks link ….

  14. Great challenge, Colleen. 🙂

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  16. crested caracara

    appearances tell
    stories, actions shout, defy

    another bird:

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  18. First of the year and guess what? It’s a butterfly cinquain (the formatting in comments won’t let me do the butterfly part).

    New year,
    new clouds, new night,
    peace falls here though the sky
    blazes elsewhere, stars fall, trailing
    lives. Who hears tears on such a night?
    Who sees the hands waving,
    the last words breathed,

  19. Here you go Colleen- Happy New Year!

    Haiku- New Beginnings
    red robin warbling
    heralding of spring blossoms
    a new year begins

  20. Here you go Colleen- Happy New Year!

    Haiku- New Beginnings
    red robin warbling
    heralding of spring blossoms
    a new year begins

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  24. Hi, Colleen! I hope you’ve had a great start to the new year. Here’s my contribution this week:
    Enjoy the rest of this Friday and have a happy weekend! <3

  25. Hi Sis! I took a stab at a Haibun/Senryu this time. Here’s the link:

    and here’s the Haibun:

    “Into the Abyss”

    Through the darkness of morning, a shrill sound breaks the silence. I am startled, groggy, finally realizing it’s the telephone ringing. I answer to hear apologies for waking me, as she rambles on about another place. She doesn’t care for where she is. She only knows she has to move.

    I cannot go through this again. The last time nearly buried me. Still, I feel myself sinking further down, into that abyss, with no hope of seeing the light again.

    My anomaly exposed
    Battles for the win

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  28. Hi Colleen.. here is my Butterfly Cinquain –

    Friendship by Sally Cronin

    within our world
    belies the divisions
    aired by those who think they are strong.
    In truth,
    Those that hold on to their power
    by creating distrust,
    fear and hatred,
    are weak.

    ©sally Cronin

  29. I wrote a Tanka to share my excitement about my new poetry/prose/photography collection. There’s a cover reveal over on my blog Colleen:

  30. How did I even miss this? No notification from WP and if I wouldn’t have seen Sal’s entry I would have thought the new challenge didn’t begin yet. <3

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  32. Hi Colleen! I think I’m getting this in just at the last moment, but in time. 🙂

    A Crapsey Cinquain: January Light



    glows above travelers

    to set into the river, night


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  34. Thanks for the inspiration! I wanted to write a poem but needed a little push.

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