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

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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    A metamorphosis of life
    Grow ever more in tune
    Kindred spirits

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    As mankind has moved
    along evolution’s path
    we have lost balance
    and unity with nature
    and transformed into vandals

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  6. 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.

  7. Replied on your site 💜

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  9. 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 🙂

  10. 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

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  12. Thanks for the Tanka challenge Colleen. Enjoyed writing on the synonyms

    Here’s my attempt at Tanka

  13. Looks fun. I’ll try and hop in again. <3

  14. Not sure the pingback will work…

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

    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

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  17. 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)

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  21. Hello Colleen- I had an amazing encounter this morning and so I wrote about it. This is a butterfly cinquain. I took a photo as well!

    Great Horned Owl

    Shift in
    The universe
    Change flies in on the wings
    Of a Great Horned Owl as he peers
    My eyes, a rush of emotion
    Escapes into the air
    As I honor
    This peace

  22. Thank you Coleen! 😊 Here is mine:

    Green heart, finds her peace
    Marking unseen passages
    Dancing and dreaming

  23. There and back again. Thank you for the prompt

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  25. Hello, Sis! Happy Friday! Kerfe chose some lovely words for this week. Thanks for another poetry prompt challenge! Enjoy the weekend! <3 xo

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  29. 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

  30. Hi Colleen, A gogyohka for this week:
    Trees creaked and cracked in the howling wind

    And still I was drawn to the eye of that mysterious storm

    Called by a sweet mellifluous tune within

    Amidst all the chaos and havoc I found tranquility

    As my metamorphosis began

    • 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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  34. Sneaking this one in again. 😀
    A shadorma sequence:

    In transit

    we wander, seeking

    what? Circles


    form constants, our existence,

    balanced symmetry–

    light and dark

    not opposites, but

    shifted hues


    through time and space, reborn in

    stars, flowers, the sea.

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