Colleen’s 2020 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 163, #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:

This challenge is not for free-style poetry. Read the Poetry Form Cheatsheet above to know the acceptable forms. The Gogyoka in English 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.

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, #Gogyoka

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. Agent Provocateur: A Clogyrnach

    The meeting short – a brief exchange,
    Important matters to arrange.
    The envelope passed –
    Future events cast –
    Regime change

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    It’s over
    you said it
    left me hanging
    on olive branches
    reaching the sky

  7. Hi Colleen, I had a perfect image to go with my feelings, so I tried a Haiga! Hope you enjoy!

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  9. Hi Colleen. It has been a while. Here is a haiku or three 😉

    The Sun Set Loudly

    Colors shout out loud
    Wind howls across blowing sand
    A lonely sunset


    Bright colors
    Cold sandblasted beach
    Lone sunset


    Loud hues
    Blowing sand

  10. I don’t usually write tankas but I thought I’d try one today.

    It repulses me

    knowing these poor animals

    are being destroyed

    only for the destruction

    mankind can be sadistic

  11. Sharing a Haibun:

    Winter is different here in the desert southwest. While others up north have snow and more snow, we have sunshine days with a few freezing nights to keep us humble. Last night was one of those nights.

    I awaken to the garden fountain frozen and crusted with ice, yet it still labors to move the water. The birds, hungry from a long night of cold temperatures are having a feeding frenzy at the feeders. Scattered around the fountain edge are bodies of dead bees. They drink from this fountain daily, but the cold snap must have surprised them.

    I’m sad for the bees, but there is life in the garden, for a garden is a constant cycle of life, death, and rebirth.

    spring’s eternal hope
    from tiny seeds to flowers
    wildflowers blooming

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  13. Thanks, Colleen!

    Here’s my latest:

    (2/4/20: second child)

    evening clouds

    the stars blotted out

    yet again

    that second child

    we wanted and couldn’t have

    #tanka #micropoetry #poetry

  14. Thanks, Colleen!

    Here’s my latest:

    2/4/20: second child

    evening clouds

    the stars blotted out

    yet again

    that second child

    we wanted and couldn’t have

    #tanka #micropoetry #poetry

  15. Hi Colleen!

    Here’s my latest:

    evening clouds

    the stars blotted out

    yet again

    that second child

    we wanted and couldn’t have

  16. Hi Colleen. I’ve tried submitting my latest tanka three times. Unfortunately, it isn’t showing up.

  17. Hi there Colleen. I have written my first ever Tanka. I decided to put my own twist on it and made it a “Found Tanka”, inspired by a poem written by Joy Harjo called “Speaking Tree”.

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  19. Hi Colleen,
    I’ve tried for the first time my hand at Cinquain form of poetry. Thank you very much for the inspiration. Here’s my attempt :-
    Thank you all for stopping by and reading.

  20. Hi Colleen,
    I’ve tried for the first time my hand at Cinquain form of poetry. Thanks for the inspiration. Here’s my attempt :-
    Thank you all for stopping by and reading.

    Each layer, a,
    Story tightly holding,
    Fragrance, those caring to unearth,
    Hush! Hush!

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  22. hi colleen, incoming 🙂

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  24. hey Colleen, a Haibun, PERFECT LOVE
    slow wondering breeze
    lacing desire in your touch
    fluttering with dreams
    He hears the call of love, akin to the inflections of hope in its whisper, immune to intonations of conspiracy in its song, deaf to the risk of treachery in its beat.

    amorous lover
    loving too much, quick to love
    questing for the one
    She bears a tranquilizing beauty, a beauty that ensnares all in a lustful trance, capturing and taming love-soaked hearts. But she feels broken, having many that love her but none that she can love.

    oasis of love
    his unwavering offer
    beseeching her heart
    giving all, taking nothing
    A perfect love, the wrong love

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  26. Celebrating NaHaiWriMo by playing around with the different haiku forms 💙

  27. Hello Collen,

    Hope you’re well. Can I share some Tanka poetry with you? 🙂

    In the calm of night

    A queer voice broke the silence

    I woke up from dream,

    A mournful song from downstairs.

    In quiet night, caged bird sings.

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  30. 2/3/2 Directions

    Go there

    Straight ahead


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  32. Hi, Colleen! Thanks for another fun challenge! Here’s my contribution for this week:
    Enjoy your Friday and weekend, Sis! <3 xo

  33. Hi Colleen,
    I tried a Haibun this week


    • It drizzled all day today. The sky is entrenched in that winter gray. I decided to go see what was going on in the garden. It was still asleep, mostly. With hints of green in the pots at the garden’s edge. Nothing is defined though, could all just be wild things as far as I could tell.

      A seagul cries. I look skyward just in time to see it soar across the gray and see its partner answer, then follow it.

      My eyes move to the bare branches of that small tree. It gets those fragrant white blooms that entice many birds in the spring. I think it starts out wiith berries. Its the water cooler of the back yard. I still don’t know what it is but it smells heavenly.

      among strewn decay
      crisp tall grass and withered vines-
      fragile heather blooms

    • And what an amazing job! 😍

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  35. Hi Colleen… looks like some lovely poetry coming through as always.. here is my Butterfly Cinquain –

    Look deep
    and intently
    into a baby’s eyes
    as they open to view the world
    we share.
    You might catch a privileged glimpse
    of an old soul reborn
    gifting the child

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  39. I did not want to miss Draw-a-Bird day, so here’s this month’s bird poem (with help from the Oracle)

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  41. Beyond (a gogyoka)
    View from the window
    Frosted trees and bushes
    Blue peeks through white clouds
    Imagination removes the glass
    The soul flies with the birds
    ©2020 Annette Rochelle Aben

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