Colleen’s 2020 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 172, #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! Display your poetry in a unique way!

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. 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

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Now, have fun and write some poetry!

85 thoughts on “Colleen’s 2020 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 172, #Poet’sChoice

  1. No More Tears = Tanka

    I’ve watched another
    Gasping for their final breath
    As they left this world
    I have watched as their Spirit
    Was freed from a life of pain
    ©2020 Annette Rochelle Aben


  2. Hi Colleen. Happy Easter.. here is my Butterfly Cinquain for this week.

    Butterfly Cinquain – Springtime

    and buds unfurl
    into vibrant colours.
    The nests are full and sparrows sing
    their joy.
    Nature’s young frolic in the sun
    under blossom topped trees
    new life.

    ©Sally Cronin 2020


            1. Thanks, Sally. It’s a great improvement on the white walls. I’ve also starting Cpap therapy and am struggling with the breathing mask at night. It does help my asthma and I feel better, but Oh, my goodness this is rather difficult. ❤


  3. Pandemic caution
Who will be it’s next victim
At home petrified
Stimulus will come
Not for each one affected
Food banks need our help
People are crying
All essential workers help
Before they drop dead


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