Colleen’s 2020 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 167, #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!

Are you looking for inspiration for your syllabic poetry? Find an image on or experiment with “found poetry” as a way to find some inspiration. Another option is to try some magnetic poetry. You still have to count syllables but it’s like putting together a puzzle!

If that doesn’t work… go outside and take a walk in nature. Engage your five senses. Remember, always write your poetry for yourself. Make it meaningful 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 – NOT sentences. 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, #poetrycommunity

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I can’t wait to see what you cook up! 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.

67 thoughts on “Colleen’s 2020 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 167, #Poet’sChoice

      1. Snow here in Missouri is far less frequent than what I experienced in Western New York, but the trees are still bare. They do bud much sooner, so there’s that consolation. Meanwhile, I have pictures of 6 inches of snow here on my birthday, 5 years ago, so you never know!


  1. Everywhere a Sign – Tanka – Annette Rochelle Aben

    Jolly fat robins
    Worms are staying underground
    Barren trees will bud
    Temperatures on the rise
    Spring is more than on its way
    ©2019 Annette Rochelle Aben


  2. Hi Colleen! I haven’t participated for a couple of weeks, and now today, I couldn’t decide on which poem, so I’m posting both gogyohka. (I hope that’s OK.) 🙂

    River waves whirl and roll
    gulls and geese gather on shore
    under the grapefruit sun
    I step over ghosts of winter
    into puddles of spring-growing light

    A round of robins
    sings a round of spring,
    high notes fly towards the sun,
    a cool breeze whips from the river
    tickling my skin through un-zippered coat


      1. Thank you! I know the grapefruit is funny. I compared a sun at sunset in another poem to an apricot, and since this one was big and pale yellow. . . 🙂


  3. My link should be lining soon.


    Forever in our hearts


    Pure fluffy white

    With the angels


    I’m not sure this qualifies as a Gogyohka, but I’m ok with that.


  4. I have been to the dark side this week Colleen…with a Butterfly Cinquain –

    Creatures of the Night

    The moon
    hangs in the sky
    lighting the earth at night.
    Creatures leave the warmth of their lairs
    to hunt.
    But, some beasts are not of our world.
    Thirsty and desperate
    they sniff the air
    for blood.

    ©Sally Cronin 2020


    1. Ohhhh, Sally. This is very good. I love it! I’d love to use this in my book. You hold all rights, I just use it as an example with credit to you in the Bibliography. ❤


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