Colleen’s 2020 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 177 #SynonymsOnly


Kerfe chose this week’s words. Remember, you can’t use the words. Instead, you must find synonyms to use in their place.

transition & harmony

On the Monday before the next challenge, I’ll select a poem and share it on my blog as part of the Weekly Poetry Challenge Stars. Whoever I pick will choose the words 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 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. You have a week to complete 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, #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.

76 thoughts on “Colleen’s 2020 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 177 #SynonymsOnly

  1. Hi Colleen here is my poem, a Gogyohka this week, sorry it is about matters political but our situation in English just got so confusing. I say England and not the UK because, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales have a different position to us, a much safer and better outlined and explained one!


    Muddled meanings, words unclear

    Won’t bring us together here

    Our enemy still lingers watching us

    In this time of change, fear separates

    Borders hastily drawn, no reunions yet.


    1. Yes, I’ve been reading about this situation. I wonder why they’re taking this stance? Don’t get me started on the U.S. and my state of Arizona. 🤦🏼‍♀️❤️


  2. Hi Colleen, I wrote a double etheree this week. You can find it here:

    And here:

    Well, no
    We are progressing
    Moving to the next phase
    Will it be that much better?
    Will this new world help everyone?
    Or will the powerful gain all?
    Can we pull together to make it work?
    The song right now seems to be in discord
    Dissonant factions play selfish tunes
    But there is cooperation
    Folk pushing positive change
    Helping hands reaching out
    Voices in accord
    Working as one

    I hope you enjoyed 🙂


  3. Integration – Tanka – Annette Rochelle Aben

    For realignment
    We must be understanding
    As it’s not easy
    Of course, it’s for our own good
    We’ll be better for the work
    ©2020 Annette Rochelle Aben


  4. A bit of nonsense this week, from seed names suggested by dVerse

    Minus the Princess

    Minus the Princess

    Black Beauty
    leaves behind a trail
    of tears, a
    of dazzling blue fire and the
    mad Czar’s purple sword

    Tender and
    true, Aurora laughs,
    dances in
    the golden
    acres, wandering among
    old Jacob’s cattle

    The Purple
    Queen calls on Jack Ice
    to render
    mutations—lazy housewife
    into Reine des Glaces


  5. Hi Colleen,
    Thank you for running the challenge. Here’s mine :-


    Thank you all for stopping by and reading.

    Transformation :-

    To an adult,
    Of a caterpillar,
    To a vibrant butterfly,
    Nature reveals, transformation,
    Is beyond our concord, we perform,
    Our best always under pressure, evolve.
    Poetry form :- Etheree (1/2/3/4/5/6/7/8/9/10 syllables)


  6. Thank you for the prompt Colleen and I have an

    Etheree.. Advancing Years.

    I view
    my body
    in the mirror
    it is clear to see
    that the passage of time
    has created some changes
    to the original blueprint
    but at least the years have shown goodwill
    by sparing my mind from their advances.

    ©Sally Cronin 2020

    Smorgasbord Poetry – Colleen Chesebro’s Weekly Poetry Challenge – #Etheree – Advancing Years by Sally Cronin


    1. Jude, first let me say… this is an amazing poem. With Gogyohka our words must be spoken in a single breath. I know the form suggests unlimited word count, but it’s really not. If a tanka is 5/7/5/7/7, our Gogyohka should still be around that length. It’s really a s/l/s/l/l form. Many Japanese believe this is the correct way to write Tanka poetry. Just throwing out some rules. Nevertheless, your words are powerful and I do love where the prompt words led you. You’re ready to write that book of poetry, my friend. 😀


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