Colleen’s 2020 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 160 #SynonymsOnly


It’s the second week of the month! That means Synonyms ONLY!

Here are your two words:


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. You have a full week to complete your poetry. Only syllabic poetry: Haiku, Senryu, Haiga, Tanka, Haibun, Cinquain, Etheree, Nonet, Shadorma

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

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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.

101 thoughts on “Colleen’s 2020 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 160 #SynonymsOnly

  1. Lovely prompt as always Colleen and I will post tomorrow but here is my Etheree – I have chosen ‘Serene and Deliver’

    Etheree – On the Wind

    with wise thoughts
    and let them drift,
    like smoke from a fire,
    upwards in to the winds
    to be borne around the earth
    in search of others of like minds,
    who will feel the breeze upon their cheeks
    and absorb the message you deliver.

    ©Sally Cronin 2020


          1. If it’s easier, write it in the 5/7/5 form first and then see what you can change to fit the 3/5/3 form. You’ll be surprised how your meaning pops out at you. ❤


    1. Trent, this Senryu is perfect and follows the rules! The last sentence is funny and you know, I thought of a cat instantly! They do have that attitude, don’t they?
      Just to show you how easy the next level in this form is, I’ve changed it to the 3/5/3 format:

      So serene
      a gift to the world

      Albert the cat sounds lovely! 😀


      1. lol, I love your cut down version. Albert is great, and the photo of him under the tree graces the top of the poem on my site 🙂


    1. And, just in case you can’t see the poem properly, like last week, here is my tanka.

      In this moment, I
      Feel a sense of peace within
      Relaxing my mind
      A gift from the universe
      All stars and planets aligned

      Ritu 2020


  2. Hi Colleen, Hi Everyone,
    Here is my entry for this week…It took me back to my cruise to Alaska

    a hush starts the day
    morning bids farewell to dawn –
    here on the ocean

    waves once bathe in twilight pay
    homage to the rising sun

    Pat R

    Dawn – A Tanka


      1. That was it right there in the picture! The first roll up off the water is morning fog. This was all off the deck of the cruise ship it was great!!! I am so doing Alaska again:))


  3. Dancers ~ double etheree:

    Strange forms on the edge of reality

    Weaving patterns of past mystery

    Tantalising threads repeating

    Spiral across the ages

    Unveil the tapestry

    Unravelling time

    Ancient portals





    At peace

    Silent stone

    Voiceless wisdom

    Whispers to the wind

    Gifts of understanding

    From the well of memory

    Half-forgotten yet remembered

    Wraiths of a past that seeded our birth

    Dance like wildflowers in a summer breeze


      1. thanks colleen, yeah i was under a tree that was shedding some leaves and the wind just seemed to be almost lovingly twirling them through the branches


          1. thank you colleen, i saw an extra syllable on “a token” it was supposed to just be “tokens” but i couldnt change my comment and i know your the standards are high here so im glad you appreciate it


            1. LOL! As long as you’re happy with the poem that’s all that matters. I know not all of these poems are going to be used for contests and such. It’s up to you to learn the rules and then apply them. But then… there’s the entire discussion about diction and accents. All I ask is that you stay as close as possible to the rules. We must have doing writing poetry, too. I don’t want to be the syllabic poetry tyrant. LOL! 😀 ❤


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