Colleen’s 2020 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 166, #ThemePrompt


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It’s the fourth week of the month! Ken Gierke selected this month’s theme prompt. On the Monday before the next challenge, I’ll select someone to choose next month’s theme. Have fun!

Don’t forget to send me poetry examples for my poetry book. I’ll need: Tanka, Gogyohka, Haibun, Cinquain (all forms), Etheree, Nonet, and Shadorma. I’ve finished the Haiku and Senryu examples. Thanks for all of your help.

You retain all of your copyrights. I give you credit in the book in the Bibliography section. All work reverts back to you.

I’ll email everyone a copy of the poems that are used in the book before publication. Thanks.

This week’s theme:


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:

Remember, 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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  2. Hi Colleen another interesting prompt, thank you to Ken Gierke for the words.
    Here is my entry.

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    Uncertain in chaotic world
    Seeking a mind-peaceful
    No doubts

    Thanks for letting me share.

  7. Thanks Ken.
    You can use this Tanka for your book if you think it’s a worthy fit, Colleen,

  8. We do hope we have understood your instructions for the Gogyohka, Colleen…

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  10. Well, here’s my little contribution. A gogyohka:

    Evening meditation
    Interrupted by a cry
    From the nursery –
    Enlightenment postponed
    ‘Til diapers are changed

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  12. Hi, Colleen here’s my offering to Finding Clarity – Tanka / Opening Life’s Book

    Opening life’s book
    Reading each chapter with care
    Pondering the words
    Brushing away the darkness
    Finding wisdom’s clarity

    Here is the link .

    If you consider this tanka worthy of inclusion in your book you may use it.

  13. Hello Colleen- I wrote a Tanka. I hope you are well!

    Tanka: Breathe

    slowing a heart beat

    enlightenment between breaths

    tranquil resting place

    where horizon and land meet

    under an apricot sky

    ©2020 Linda Lee Lyberg

  14. Terrific prompt.. will give it some thought..hugs♥

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  16. hi colleen please clarify about the poetry for your compilation, what’s the process if i want to send in something

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  18. Hi Colleen! My first tanka… I hope I got it right ☺️
    Thank you and thank you Ken for the theme!

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  22. hi Colleen, here’s a mirrored nonet for you 🙂
    I long to see beyond her beauty
    to savor more than her caress
    the world around dims and fades
    while thoughts of her outshine
    Her taste and her feel
    skills and appeal
    of love
    for good
    Am I blind
    why can’t I see
    what’s in front of me
    all these wonders ignored
    this vast world away from her
    beautiful souls beckon and call
    Shall I forget her, to clear my sight..

  23. Hi Colleen.. going out Sunday.. but here is my Etheree. ♥

    Finding Clarity

    brain strives
    day and night
    to find a sense
    of understanding
    about this world of ours.
    Dreams often open pathways,
    clear of the wakeful detritus,
    leading our minds in a direction
    to that sweet spot of perfect clarity.

  24. Hi Colleen, I wrote a tanka:

    White snow falls to black
    Umbrellas hiding cold stares
    Finding clarity
    Sick quarantine continues
    Media spreads people’s fears.

    © M J Mallon 2020

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  26. Here’s mine

    Establishing true
Helps create oneness

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  29. Hi Colleen and all,
    Thanks for the challenge. Here’s my take :-
    Thank you all for stopping by and reading.

    Finding Clarity – A Haiku

    Nature, needs none to
    earmark function, clarity
    keeps her going, sure.

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