Colleen’s 2020 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 168 #SynonymsOnly


This week, I’m looking for Haibun (Prose & Haiku) and Tanka Prose (Prose and Tanka) to use as examples in my book. I’m also going through your blogs and leaving you messages of poetry that I’d like to share in the book. As always, you retain all rights to your work and I give you credit in the Bibliography. Email me at If I don’t answer you right away, please don’t panic. I’ll get to all the emails as I continue to compile the examples. Thanks so much for your help.

Here are your two words selected by Ruth Scribbles, from last month’s #SyllablesOnly challenge:


On the Monday before the next challenge, I will pick my favorite poem from the #SynonymsOnly challenge and share it on my blog. Whoever I pick will choose the syllables for next month’s challenge!

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:

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 complete your poetry. Write your poetry for yourself and don’t forget to have fun.

The rules are simple. Write your poetry on your blog.

Do a link-back by copying the HTTPS:// address of the challenge post and pasting it in 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, #TankaProse

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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.

80 thoughts on “Colleen’s 2020 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 168 #SynonymsOnly

          1. Hi Colleen,
            Here is my entry for this week. A tanka.

            gazing at the moon

            in the cool of this spring night-

            moment of solace

            lower edge looks nibbled on,

            a bit tattered, much like me


            I think my ping back went to live elsewhere. I’ll try again:)


  1. Hello Colleen- Joining in!

    #Haibun: Shades of Blue

    On days like this when the wind is chill and the sun seldom peeks through the clouds, I wrap myself in a shabby cotton sweater. I am a butterfly in a blue cocoon, safe from the world and harm.

    It’s an odd looking sweater, with snaps as opposed to buttons, and has always been misshapen, a loose mess. I bought it years ago, off a Macy’s sale rack for next to nothing.

    It’s lightweight and not very warm, but for some reason its scent brings to mind that of an old friend hugging me. There are random holes in it from snagging it on a rose bush or the huge thorns on the lemon tree, yet I cannot part with it.

    When I need solace, I go in search of the sweater. Because it is so old I tend to throw it off when the temperatures rise, leaving it in a forgotten heap. And there it sits abandoned, waiting.

    soothing spring showers
    falling from colorless sky
    lavender spikes bow


    1. Easing out of lines

      Out of lines,
      Drawn by others,
      Drawn by ourselves, push,
      boundaries; loss, roadblocks,
      there might be initially,
      gradually one step leading,
      to another, fulfilment galore,
      at last, extending capabilities,
      realising hidden, untapped sparkle,
      springing like bubbles, fizzing out from,
      a soda can, let them not buzz,
      away, not recede away,
      Each day an avenue,
      Everything here,
      like the,

      Poetry Form :- Double Etheree.

      Easing out of lines


  2. Nonet Pandemic response

    Shabby consolation and solace
    Abound from elected leaders
    People are crumbling today
    Under the sorry words
    Top leaders failing
    Decrepit news
    No support

    Threadbare relief
    Doctors speak truthfully
    Against deceitful untruths
    Pandemics kill people and dreams
    Time for relief and reassurance


      1. I hope things are not as crazy in your neck of the woods as they are here. The coronavirus situation has everyone in an uproar. Supermarkets are practically empty and closing early, schools and restaurants are closing, they have army reserve medics in my neighborhood’s hospital learning how to administer coronavirus tests. It feels like a dystopian nightmare.


  3. I’ve written a Found Haibun poem that was inspired by “Ode to Silence” by Edna St Vincent Millay. Her poem had themes of comfort and being worn down emotionally too, so I thought it fitted the prompt well. I was actually unsure about writing haibuns up until this point but this has actually made me really happy creating it. I must try writing a Found Prose Tanka poem next 🙂

    Colleen’s 2020 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 168 #Haibun #Micropoetry #Poetry “Sound in the Wind That Will Not Silence a Dream” – A Found Haibun by David Ellis


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