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.

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 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

Success! You're on the list.

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.

107 thoughts on “Colleen’s 2020 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 176, #Poet’sChoice

  1. Unpardonable: An Etheree

    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”


        1. Hi Colleen, Hi Everyone,

          Here is my entry for today. A haiga, it goes with a photo. Pop over to my blog to have a peek at the photo that inspired the poem. Thank you.

          on sunshine,
          bare branches



    1. 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. ❤


      1. Hi Colleen. My computer/laptop is giving my problems. The Word App has expired and I don’t have the money to reinstate it, so it doesn’t work very well now. One of the things I am unable to do is post your https address anywhere on my post except as a title to the post.


        1. Kim,
          Once your poem is live, copy that URL (not the one from the editor) and past it here in a comment. You’ll get more visits doing it that way.



            1. Kim, Don’t you use WordPress? You don’t need Word to create a post. You use the editor. Here’s a link with a bunch of free word processing apps/programs. ❤️


  2. 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


  3. 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


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


      1. Oh sorry, I wasn’t meaning to come off rude. I just thought my comments went straight to spam rather than to the mod queue. My bad, I just now saw youhave comments in reverse order so mine were at the top. I’m really, really sorry.


    1. I love seeing the evolution of these Haiku into the lesser syllables. That last version is just as powerful as the longer version. You always touch my heart with your birds. ❤


  5. Hi Colleen,

    Thank you for running the challenge. Here’s mine :-

    Ever more

    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.


  6. 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

    Smorgasbord Poetry – Colleen Chesebro’s Weekly Poetry Challenge – Double #Etheree – Persecution in the Garden by Sally Cronin


    1. It’s all so frustrating, Ruth. Your Senryu captures those feelings perfectly! We’re only going out for trips to the grocery store. I’m just not willing to take so many chances. ❤


Comments are closed.

%d bloggers like this: