Colleen’s 2020 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 162, #ThemePrompt


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It’s the fourth week of the month which means I’ll pick a theme for you to write about for this month. On the Monday before the next challenge, I’ll select someone to choose next month’s theme.

This month’s theme is:

“The Circle of Life”

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:

The Gogyoka in English syllabic poetry form is the only form that does not require a syllable count per the five lines. Please be mindful that each line should be the duration of a single breath or a phrase. Choose your words carefully…

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 write your poetry (Tuesday – Monday). Don’t forget to copy your poem into the comments on this post so that everyone can find your poetry.

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 #Gogyohka

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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  4. Hi Colleen another beautiful challenge, I have tried two set of all three Haiku dissaplins this week.

  5. Hi Colleen, happy new year to you! I see lots of change around here and I love the new form of poetry, so I couldn’t resist and give it a try! I missed writing my rambling poetry, hope to get back in the mood and join the challenge more frequently.

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  7. Hi Colleen,
    Thank you for running the challenge. Here’s my entry :-
    Thank you all for stopping by and reading.

  8. Terrific Colleen.. love the new theme prompt and will get right on it..♥

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  10. Love this prompt. I hope I can find time to hop on <3

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  13. Here’s mine at: and the poem: The Center of Life
    Traci Kenworth

    from child to adult
    unbroken family leaps
    circled by the rings

    lessons all
    rush to alarm clocks
    daily test

    busy hub
    hearts joined

  14. Lifecycle (tanka)

    Within each seed a birth
    From every birth a passing
    Light born from shadows
    In self-sustained perfection
    A frugal Mother’s design

  15. Interesting prompt this week, Colleen…

  16. Oops sorry Colleen please delete that first one… my error. thank you ♥

    Etheree – The Circle of Life

    frozen ground
    dormant for months,
    stir in the rich soil,
    absorbing nutrients
    that enable them to grow
    strong enough to push through the earth,
    vibrant and colourful in sunlight;
    the circle of life in all its glory.

    ©Sally Cronin 2020

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  18. Hi Colleen! A gogyoka:

    sunshine bursts from cold ground–
    this circle,
    bulb to bright flower
    winter to spring
    life to death to life

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  21. hi colleen, a couple of butterfly cinquains for you
    love;s bitter risk
    infectious and vengeful
    how i long to share your despair
    emptied of tears, haunted by fears
    corrupting guiltless souls
    tainting pure hearts
    love’s bane
    sweet love
    delicious taste
    consuming, enthralling
    worth all the pain and the sorrow
    how fragile i find your beguile
    soothing but for a time

    • Hi Colleen,
      It’s been a long time and lot has been changed here. I like this theme of circle of life.
      I’m writing from my mobile so I’m not able to leave link or create pingback and here’s my contribution for this theme

      On my this birthday
      When we all sit together
      Gentle reminder
      Of cherishing a moment
      That family made special

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  25. Happy Friday, Sis! Thanks for another great challenge. Have a great weekend! <3

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  27. Breath of Life

    Baby takes a breath

    Grandma ceases her breathing

    Life begins and ends

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