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

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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.

72 thoughts on “Colleen’s 2020 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 162, #ThemePrompt

  1. 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.

    The mountain


  2. 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


  3. 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


    1. 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


  4. Breath of Life

    Baby takes a breath

    Grandma ceases her breathing

    Life begins and ends


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