Colleen’s 2020 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 175, #ThemePrompt


Can you believe we’re starting on our 175th poetry challenge together? I think that is amazing! Here’s to us, with many more challenges to come! Thanks for all your creativity!

It’s the fourth week of the month! Are you ready for a theme prompt? Elizabeth, from Tea and Paper, chose the theme:

This month’s theme is:

“The Day After”

On the Monday before the next challenge, I’ll select someone to choose next month’s theme.

Please remember to copy and paste your poem into the comments section of this post so everyone reads all the poetry in one place. Thanks in advance for your help.

For Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge, you can write your poem in the forms defined on the Poetry Challenge Cheatsheet:

Remember, the Gogyoka in English syllabic poetry form 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. You have a full week to write your poetry (Tuesday – Monday). Don’t forget to copy your poem into the comments on this post so that everyone can find your poetry.

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 #Gogyohka, #TankaProse

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Now, have fun and write some poetry!

98 thoughts on “Colleen’s 2020 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 175, #ThemePrompt

  1. Thank you Colleen and Elizabeth for the prompt. Congratulations Colleen on the 175th week. Here’s to many more.
    Here’s my entry for the week :-

    The Day After :-

    New shy blooms,
    Intense surprises,
    Keen to spring,
    Day after,
    Waiting to be discovered,
    Set to be unveiled,

    Day after,
    May or may not be,
    Life starts or,
    Life as I know is present,
    Morrow, blurred unknown.

    Poetry form :- Shadorma (3/5/3/3/7/5 syllables)


  2. Hi Colleen, I think I just about managed to keep this family friendly. A haiku, gogyoka and tanka
    The portends align
    the right place at the right time
    destiny’s favour

    She glides towards me
    Silken words slither from quaint lips
    arousing lithe cravings and voluptuous desires
    Seduction smothers us in its lure
    As we yield to emotions unheeded and untamed

    Bright sun and full moon
    Passion and intimacy
    We long to find you
    Now and then fortunes align
    A night as one, a dawn unknown


  3. So many good responses, Colleen. I think I read them all, so far. I’m working on a pantoum (not syllabic) but will take up one of your prompts soon! 🙂


    1. Yay, Diana. I’m happy to see you slowly coming back into writing. I still feel unsettled but keep moving forward. I hope your folks are well and the family is safe. ❤


  4. I shut my eyes tight
    I listened for his foot steps
    Silence filled the house

    I opened my eyes
    To the birds singing to me
    He’s gone forever


  5. Hi Colleen.. as it is VE Day this week I have written a Butterfly Cinquain

    The Day After

    the day after
    guns have fallen silent
    is broken by the sound of doves
    heralding the celebration
    that humans have made peace
    and called a halt
    to war.

    ©Sally Cronin 2020


  6. Blessed – Etheree – Annette Rochelle Aben

    It dawns
    Sunshine bright
    The day after
    You’re filled with promise
    New beginnings, fresh starts
    Aware of your inner strength
    So many opportunities
    Such are the gifts of the day after
    Humbly you embrace with a grateful heart
    ©2020 Annette Rochelle Aben


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