Colleen’s 2019 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 165 #PhotoPrompt


It’s the third week of the month! Time for a #PhotoPrompt

I selected Ritu Bhathal from last month’s challenge to pick the photo for this month. She has provided the following image. Please include the copyright when sharing this image on your blog.

Image Credit: © Ritu Bhathal

What emotions do you feel in the moment when you look at this photo? Now, write a poem!

ALSO… I’m looking for Senryu poetry in the 3/5/3 and 2/3/2 format to use in my new book as an example. If I use your poem you will retain all rights to your work. Your work is copyrighted and I cite you in the Bibliography at the end of the book. Please email me at Thanks for your assistance.

On the Monday before the next Tuesday challenge, I will pick my favorite poem from this week’s challenge and share it on my blog. Whoever I pick will choose the photo for next month’s challenge! Email your selection to me at

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 (click the link below):

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:

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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, #Gogyohka, #Tanka, #micropoetry, #poetry, #5lines, #Haibun, #Prose, #CinquainPoetry, #Etheree, #Nonet, #Shadorma

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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.

75 thoughts on “Colleen’s 2019 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 165 #PhotoPrompt

  1. Hi Colleen,
    Thank you for running the challenge. Here’s my post :-


    Thank you for stopping by and reading. This is my first time I’m trying my hand at Senryu. Hope I’ve done it right. Thank you for being an inspiration.

    Nature dims her light,
    lets us rest, we switch on ours,
    Drop, care to ponder?

    Darkness, with-
    -out light to disturb,
    works smoothly.

    Moon, queen,
    Stars, devote damsels?
    Own queens?

    Poetry form :- Senryu ( Syllable forms – 5/7/5 ; 3/5/3 ; 2/3/2 )


        1. Great. Many poets write Senryu poems thinking they are Haiku. And to make matters worse… there are some Haiku/Senryu that are hybrid’s of each other. It all gets confusing. You did great. ❤


  2. Hi Colleen! And thanks for the photo, Ritu. It took a while for me to come up with something for this one. I did a shadorma sequence. I think each poem can stand alone, but together they’re a narrative, of sorts. 🙂 Not sure I’m entirely happy with it, but. . .

    Welcome home
    the glow said to me–
    weary from
    work and time
    dragging me down. But light
    keeps shadows at bay–

    memories, they stay,
    in moonlit places–
    yet faces,
    dark creatures
    still slither into my dreams–
    till dawn, and I’m free—

    moonglow memories
    dance the way we did
    we moved, kissed, together said
    words of love, now gone.


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