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

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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.

84 thoughts on “Colleen’s 2020 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 166, #ThemePrompt

  1. 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

    #Tanka: Breathe


      1. Thank you so much! 😊 I don’t know why I can post something in the normal way and the comments section mysteriously disappears. Every now and then that happens,
        but I fixed it 😊


          1. Thank you for letting me know! ☺️
            Did I do the link-back (ping) to you right?
            I didn’t add any of your graphics as I didn’t know if I could but I see some people use them.


  2. 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..


  3. 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.


  4. Hi Colleen and all,
    Thanks for the challenge. Here’s my take :-

    Finding Clarity

    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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