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

Now, have fun and write some poetry!

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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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  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

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    After the Storm

    All is so peaceful in the here and now.
    More tranquil than in the night before,
    When shutters rattled and winds howled.
    Storm abating at daybreak –
    Leaving damp in its wake.
    Sun dries paths muddy.
    Moist grass now stirs,
    In soft breeze.

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  5. I, rebel that I am… did a reverse haibun with a solo tanka here:
    # 78 Satisfaction

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  7. Hi Colleen, I decided to try a Senryu. I hope nobody who takes poetry too seriously reads this one 😉 It might not be exactly standard…

    -My Name is Albert-

    I am here, right now
    Lying serene, under tree
    A gift to the world

    (Note – “I” = “Albert”, the cat, snuggled under the Christmas tree 😉 )

    • 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! 😀

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  10. 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

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  12. 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

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  15. HI Colleen, a butterfly cinquain this week
    one at a time
    a gift between lovers
    from solid tree to shapeless breeze
    a token
    drifting aloof in wind’s turmoil
    Love, caressed and careened
    each leaf adorned

  16. A butterfly cinquain

    When will
    we have some peace,
    asks the earth, in these fields,
    these woods, dappled lakes and rushing
    Will the guns ever fall silent,
    or will we live this now
    of cold killing

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  19. Not this week Sis. I’m neither calm nor present LOL <3

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  22. Great words this week, Colleen…

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  24. Happy Friday, Sis! Here’s my contribution this week:
    All the best! <3 xo

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  26. Hi Colleen! I didn’t wait till the last second this week. 🙂 Another Crapsey Cinquain:
    “Never Still”

    undisturbed, flows
    into the future. Here.
    Now. It carries goods and dreamers—

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  28. Hi Colleen- Joining in this week with a Shadorma.

    This One Life

    This one life
    a gift to cherish
    for quickly
    the ripe peach
    falls from the tree, returning
    to the tranquil earth

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  30. Here’s my Haiku-titled Serenity Today

    Living in the now

    Tranquility develops

    When one meditates

  31. I posted my poem here but don’t see it. Should I post again?

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  33. A big smoosh for a solo renga and a little bit of story here: # 92 TRACE 5p

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