Colleen’s 2020 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 176, #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… take a walk in nature. Engage your five senses. Remember, always write your poetry for yourself. Make it meaningful to 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:

Don’t forget to copy your poem into the comments so we have all the poetry accessible from the challenge post. Thanks so much.

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

Now, have fun and write some poetry!

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About Colleen Chesebro: WordCraftPoetry

Colleen M. Chesebro is a Michigan Poet who loves crafting syllabic poetry, flash fiction, and creative fiction and nonfiction. Colleen sponsors a weekly syllabic poetry challenge, called #TankaTuesday, on where participants learn how to write traditional and current forms of syllabic poetry. A published author, Colleen is also an editor of “Word Weaving, a Word Craft Journal of Syllabic Verse, also found on Colleen’s mission is to bring the craft of writing syllabic poetry to anyone who thinks they can’t be a poet. Recently, she created the Double Ennead, a 99-syllable poetry form for the Carrot Ranch literary community at Colleen’s poetry has appeared in various anthologies and journals including “Hedgerow-a journal of small poems,” and “Poetry Treasures1 & 2” a collection of poetry from the poet/author guests of Robbie Cheadle on the “Treasuring Poetry” blog series on “Writing to be Read." Colleen published “Word Craft: Prose & Poetry, The Art of Crafting Syllabic Poetry,” which illustrates how to write various syllabic poetry forms used in her Tanka Tuesday challenges; and a collection of poetry, flash fiction, and short stories called, “Fairies, Myths & Magic: A Summer Celebration,” dedicated to the Summer Solstice. She contributed a short story called “The Changeling,” in the “Ghostly Rites Anthology 2020,” published by Plaisted Publishing House. Find Colleen at Word Craft: Prose & Poetry at
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    Ardent fury
    “How could this happen?”
    “Who could do such a thing?”
    “Number-one-ness manifest!”
    “The senseless selfishness of it!”
    “My anger and fury will be felt -“
    “By whoever ate my custard doughnut”

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    The sky rejoices
    in orange at the sun’s birth
    gilds its daytime path
    mourns in crimson at its death
    stars herald resurrection

    • Kim, this is so lovely. In order to do a linkback, you need to copy the Https:// address of my challenge post into your blog post. Or, after you’ve published your post, you can copy the Https:// address of your post in the comments, along with the poem. Your current link doesn’t take us anywhere. Let me know if you need more help. <3

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  7. Hi Colleen. I wrote a tanka today:

    Shell’s Surface

    Such a long journey
    Detritus of life picked up
    Reflecting others
    The years will add their layers
    Our now is formed by our past

  8. Good Morning Colleen! I’m being inspired by the Spring! Such a lovely season. Hope you are doing well! Stay safe!

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  10. Here you are, Sis!

  11. Good Morning Colleen! Here is
    mine and thank you!

    Heart’s passions unfurl
    By tender, knowing caress
    Love unfolds, receives

  12. Hi Colleen, lovely entries so far, here is mine a Gogyoka

    They say hope springs eternal

    And ivy clings to walls

    Words spoken cause my tears to fall

    Least said soonest mended

    Mouth shut none offended.


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  14. I’ve done a haibun with Breathing Space

  15. Woohoo. On it! <3

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  17. Thanks for Tanka Tuesdays Colleen

    Here’s mine

  18. Thanks so much for hosting the challenge again. Here’s mine:

  19. Oh, forgot to enter my poem:

    Alone in the dark
    With just silence around me
    I struggle to cope
    And so I search deep within
    For my inner sense of peace

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  22. Vulnerability is Strength – Double Etheree – Annette Rochelle Aben

    Are not
    Always what
    We seem to be
    Especially when
    We are vulnerable
    And the side of us we show
    Might present the wrong impression
    In reality we’re seeking help
    But don’t know quite how to express ourselves
    That is when we need to trust that others
    Understand more than we think they do
    That they’re holding us in their hearts
    Being our strength when we can’t
    Allowing us our space
    Where we know we’re safe
    To find some strength
    From within
    And we
    ©2020 Annette Rochelle Aben

  23. Huh? Did you delete my comment because I had forgotten to include my poem or what? Or am I for whatever reason totally blacklisted?

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  26. I’ve missed you and the challenge – good to be back!

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  28. Hi Colleen- Here you go!

    Haiku- Flower Moon

    flower moon peeking
    shining light through wispy puff
    dandelion spring

  29. Thanks for always making great prompts! I won’t have time to join this week, but all the best to the participants!

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  31. birds again

    tiny wings perch, still–
    suddenly swoop downward, flash
    trail of jeweled light

    tiny wings
    sudden swoop trails flash
    jeweled light

    wings flash

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  33. Hi Colleen,

    Thank you for running the challenge. Here’s mine :-
    Thank you all for stopping by and reading.

    Ever more :-

    In the offing,
    The day calling quits,
    In anticipation,
    Quickly scanning the vast sky,
    Squinting a glance near and beyond,
    Return of his treasured from afar,
    Fly back jointly, like always, ever more.

    Poetry Form :- Etheree ( 1/2/3/4/5/6/7/8/9/10 syllables)
    Inspirations behind the Etheree:- Everyday at around five in the evening, I notice (the?) this kite, atop the chimney, waiting for his partner to return. They perch atop together, before calling it a day and fly back together.

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  35. Hi, Sis! It’s all about gratitude this week. Happy Friday and a great weekend! <3 xo

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  38. Hi Colleen.. my double etheree this week for poet’s choice… …♥

    Double Etheree – Persecution in the Garden

    stirs with life
    adding colour
    in vibrant displays
    like an artist’s palette.
    Domestic and wild alike
    they absorb the sunlight and air.
    There is no measure of their status
    until there is human intervention.
    The pretty milkweed is an example
    nurturer of the caterpillar
    and adult monarch butterfly.
    It also attracts the bees
    that care not it is wild.
    Be as discerning
    as these creatures
    and respect

    ©Sally Cronin 2020

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  40. Hi Colleen and All–Hope this isn’t too late. I have two gogyohka that sort of go with a photo I took during one of my morning walks.

    Abandoned garden–

    ghosts in dusty grass

    sit still in the long ago,

    a gull’s laugh breaks the silence. . .



    over the river,

    through the thin spaces

    of cloud-light whispers,

    spring-scented rain falls

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