Colleen’s 2019 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 169 #PhotoPrompt


It’s the third week of the month! Time for a #PhotoPrompt

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Do you have the luck of the Irish? Read about St. Patrick’s Day on Ali Issac’s blog HERE

Padre, from Padre’s Ramblings, provided the photo for this month’s challenge. What does this photo say to you? Write some syllabic poetry and tell me what you think. Make sure to give Padre credit for the use of his photo.

Image Credit: ©2020 Padre Ramblings

On the Monday before the next challenge, I’ll pick a poem from this week’s challenge and share it on my blog. Whoever I pick will choose the photo for next month’s challenge! Then, all you have to do is to mail your selection to me at Have fun!

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, #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.

58 thoughts on “Colleen’s 2019 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 169 #PhotoPrompt

  1. Trying to visit blogs Sis. I am by no means up to the challenge this week, but I will say – fantastic prompt. I may have written something about Italian wine bottles piling up in people’s homes there who are under lockdown. ❤


  2. Hi Colleen,
    Here is my entry for this week. I feel downright early this week😄

    chaos came to pass

    funky, monkey business strive

    that’s how we got here!

    a mass reversal needed

    I’m going to need more wine!!

    Pat R


    1. This is so funny! My niece has been posting pictures of her now-homebound children doing their schoolwork (or not). She ends each post with, Need more wine!


    1. Evening hush

      Evening hush light breeze
      Hesitatingly slids door
      Noisy ambience
      Somewhere in the crowd head turns
      No time to lose the suspect.

      Poetry form :- Tanka


  3. a toast

    we drink
    to our fears?–
    summoning lost
    drowning pain with spirit
    voices that echo and join
    each other in chorused silence
    broken like the bread we wish to share


      1. Home projects are a great way to keep our minds off the chaos out there. My husband and I have been doing some long overdue projects inside and outside our house, as well. We’re doing fine so far. Of course, we’re taking every precaution to stay healthy. I’m happy you’re safe. Continue to take good care of yourself, and have a fabulous new week. ❤ xo


  4. Thanks to Padre Ramblings for a great photoprompt… here is my effort for the week. ♥

    Mirror Cinquain – A Toast to Life – Sally Cronin

    once filled with wine
    have now been re-purposed
    as decorative reminders
    of fun.
    A time
    when friends raised high their full glasses
    in an affirming toast
    to the richness
    of life.

    ©Sally Cronin 2020

    Smorgasbord Poetry – Colleen Chesebro’s #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge – Mirror #Cinquain – A Toast to Life


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