Colleen’s 2020 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 174 #PhotoPrompt


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

Jude, from Tales Told Different, selected the photo for this month’s challenge. Clearly, his love for romantic poetry is evident in his selection. However, don’t let that be your only guide. Think about what is going on in this image. What do you sense is happening? Be creative.

Image Credit: Unknown

On the Monday before the next challenge, I will pick my favorite poem from this week’s challenge and share it on my blog. Whoever I pick will choose the photo for next month’s challenge! Email your selection to me at a week before. Thank 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 (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.

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.

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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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 2020 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 174 #PhotoPrompt

  1. Hi Colleen,
    Thank you for running the challenge. Thank you Jude for the picture.
    Here’s my take :-

    Would I fathom ?

    Thank you all for stopping by and reading.

    Would I fathom ?

    Do I bottle up my feelings,
    Or let them run amok?
    Whom do I trust,
    When to give things a rest?
    Fathom would I?

    Poetry form :- Gogyoka ( five-line, untitled, Japanese poetic form)

    (P.S :- Trying Gogyoka for the first time, please let me know, if I’ve done it correctly, thanks. )


    1. Hello, Kitty. So the Gogyohka is actually the Japanese version of the Tanka in English (5/7/5/7/7). Ideally, you follow the same rules for the Gogyohka as you would the Tanka, except for the syllable count. My interpretation of the syllables is that you would use less than the Tanka in English, but that’s not an absolute. Each line of Gogyohka consists of one phrase with a line-break after each phrase or breath. You don’t want to forget the pivot (usually the third line). The pivot is where the meaning applies to the first two lines, as well as the last two lines. If you can read your poem backward and forward you’ve written it correctly. I hope that helps. ❤


  2. What I like best about best about how it liberates my emotions in the nuances of words. Thanks for the cheat sheet. USFMAN


  3. Hi Colleen, here’s a brace of gogyoka, I couldn’t resist getting in on this as well

    The times call for reconciliation
    Mother nature yearns for her prodigal sons and daughters
    How far humankind has strayed
    A child hurting its mother
    Yet still her bosom longs for our return

    She heeds the call
    Mother’s voice singing in the wind
    Mother’s voice humming deep within the earth
    Mother’s voice whispering through the trees
    I love you


    1. Hi Colleen,
      Interesting photo!! I took this direction beause the other way was too dark😊
      So, here is my entry for this week:

      twigs crunch under foot
      anticipation heightened –
      he comes into view

      Pat R

      And here is my link


  4. Here’s mine. Hope the pingback comes through.

    Healing Thoughts

    Looking ahead

    The past out of focus

    Life springs forth

    Blades of hope

    Prayer for healing


  5. Hi Colleen and thanks Jude for the beautiful image.. another Double Etheree…and I hope I have done the image justice. ♥

    Double Etheree – Beneath the Redwood

    auburn haired
    waits patiently
    for friends to arrive.
    In this secluded place
    protected by the redwood
    a fairy kingdom flourishes.
    Mythical and magical beings
    only visible to those deserving.
    This child with kind heart shared with all she meets
    and a vivid imagination
    was a welcome guest to their home,
    bringing with her special gifts
    of scented wildflowers
    to line their burrows
    and much desired
    fresh honey
    for a

    ©Sally Cronin 2020

    Smorgasbord Poetry – Colleen’s Tuesday Tanka Poetry Challenge #DoubleEtheree – Beneath the Redwood by Sally Cronin


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