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:

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

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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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    Houselights appear
    Baths done, pajamas on
    Children to be soon tucked in bed

    Drink before the television
    School lunches still to pack
    Doors checked -secured

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  4. Thanks to both of you. Got this one straight away!

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  6. Here is mine Colleen, I tried two Senyru this week.💜💜💜

  7. Great photo prompt Ritu and thanks Colleen.. will enjoy creating something for you later in the week.. ♥

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  9. My heart yearns for you
    While the Lover’s Moon hangs high
    You don’t answer me


    I’m obsessed
    Lover’s Moon hangs high
    No answers


    Lover’s Moon

    The same senryu three times… I hope you enjoy 🙂

  10. Hi, Sis! I’m attracted to the sky of this picture. Let’s see what I can come up with this week. 😉

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  14. 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 )

  15. Window Washer Whimsy

    Windex-winded; sore
    The washer escapes, in night
    Where *her* windows glare


  16. Great image from Ritu. And the poems come pouring in. 🙂

  17. Hi Colleen, great photo, lots of possibilities for the poem. Thanks, Ritu!

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  19. I did a haiku this week. It’s at
    Colleen’s Weekly Tanka 2020 Poetry Challenge 2/19/2020: Photo Prompt
    Traci Kenworth

    through haunted shadows
    supernatural moon plays
    windows of despair

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  21. Hi Colleen.. a Shardoma this week from me for a change….

    Shadorma – The Beacon

    Each cold night
    the light shines brightly,
    a beacon
    to the lost.
    A promise of warm comfort
    without harsh judgement.

    ©Sally Cronin 2020

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  24. Hi! Here’s my contribution this week:
    Enjoy your Friday and weekend, Sis! <3 xo

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  26. Here’s my Senryu. Hope my link came through

    Bright spot of sky light
    The gods are coming today
    Are you prepared now?

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  30. 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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