Colleen’s 2020 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 173 #SynonymsOnly


I picked the two synonyms for this week’s challenge. Remember, there are many ways to use these words. Don’t be afraid of creativity!

Here are your two words:

Idea & Fancy

On the Monday before the next challenge, I will pick my favorite poem from the #SynonymsOnly 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.

I don't get it


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. Only syllabic poetry: Haiku, Senryu, Haiga, Goygohka, Tanka, Haibun, Cinquain, Etheree, Nonet, Shadorma

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, #TankaProse, #micropoetry, #poetry, #5lines, #Haibun, #Prose, #CinquainPoetry, #Etheree, #Nonet, #Shadorma

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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.

77 thoughts on “Colleen’s 2020 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 173 #SynonymsOnly

  1. Hi Colleen, I wrote a nonet for this week.
    lovelessness stains all forsaken hearts
    scheming its way to every soul
    sipping into all motives
    broken hearts are selfish
    by flaw or design
    for what they lost
    they covet
    two fold
    far more
    than before
    to cleanse all spite
    and sweeten what’s sour
    to paint over each stain
    till tastes of desire thicken
    they say broken hearts seldom mend
    when they do, it takes a special love


    1. Now, that is a fabulous Gogyohka! I love it, Pat. We finally finished the house painting. Now, I’m battling allergies. This is our first year in the Phoenix area and everything is trying to bloom at one time. I’m really staying in.


      1. Be careful. Staying indoors is the best move all around these.
        You finished painting and I am turning the color of the paint on my walls from being indoors forever, it seems😊.
        Glad you like the poem. I’m kinda liking the Gogyohka form 😊.



          1. Aahh! ..a spider web billows.. yeah, that works with the top and the bottom!!.😊 Got you. Didn’t realize there was a pivot in this form. Thanks😊


            1. The pivot is often in the third line of your Tanka or Gogyohka. The idea is, you turn the readers attention to another aspect of your experience – related, but not the same. You did that perfectly!


                    1. No, no!! I appreciate the info. It now makes more sense to me😃. I was just writing away and loving that there was no syllable count. But when it was referred to as a form of Japanese poetry I figured there might be some attachment to haiku. Senryu


  2. I thought I would have a bit of fun this week Colleen with a double Etheree about my nemesis… although in his opinion I am his… I chose the synonyms Notion and Fondness

    Double Etheree – Sunflower Seeds

    on the fence
    remained quite still
    back lit by the moon
    as it slid from the sky.
    Briefly before the sun rose
    his dark feathers would offer him
    the gift of invisibility,
    and chance to enact his clever notion.
    This black bird had developed a fondness
    for delectable sunflower seeds.
    The source was very close at hand
    newly scattered on the ground,
    thrown by the evil witch
    for favoured sparrows,
    but not for him
    who she chased
    with her

    © Sally Cronin

    Smorgasbord Poetry -Colleen Chesebro’s #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge – Double #Etheree – Sunflower Seeds


    1. LOL! I love this, Sally! In Colorado, I planted a bunch of sunflower seeds. As those tiny shoots sprouted the finches swooped in and are every last plant! 😂❤️


  3. Right now I am concerned with counting how many masks I can find rather than poem syllables. Thank you for offering me with an easier solution to the latter when social distancing is resolved.


  4. Government fails(Title)

    Deceptive theories

    A flamboyant argument

    Cash versus people


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