Colleen’s 2020 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 178 #PhotoPrompt


It’s the third week of the month! Time for a #PhotoPrompt

Vashti Q. Vega, from last month’s challenge, has provided the photo for this month’s challenge:

Image Credit: Balaji Malliswamy

Remember, a photo can be a metaphor for your poetry. Think about the mood, the theme, and the color. Think outside of the box. We know there’s a crocodile, but what else is going on here? What do you smell? What do you hear? There’s more here than meets your eye. Surprise me!

On the Monday before the next challenge, I will select a poem from this week’s challenge and share it on my blog. Whoever I pick will choose the photo for next month’s challenge! Email your selection to me at a week before. Thank 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 (click the link below):

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

Are you missing my challenges? Search for me in the WordPress Reader or…

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.

81 thoughts on “Colleen’s 2020 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 178 #PhotoPrompt

  1. Oh wow, I didn’t even see a crocodile! Lol. So interesting these photoprompts, to see what others get from the photo. Love it! I’m in! ❤


  2. Hi Colleen,
    Thank you for running the challenge. Thank you Vashti Q. Vega for the photo prompt
    Here’s mine :-


    Stance :-
    Dark murky outliers,
    Belittle the pain within,
    I lie, seemingly,
    In predatorily stance,
    Grieving within, loved one lost.
    Poetry Form :- Tanka (5/7/5/7/7 syllables)

    Thank you all for stopping by and reading.


  3. Pingback: theindieshe
  4. Hi, Sis! I’m excited to read what everyone comes up with this week. I’ll stop by again on Friday with my poem. I hope you’re having a great week! ❤


  5. Happy Sunday Colleen and this week I though I would try out a Double Nonet…thanks again for keeping us motivated. ♥

    Double Nonet – The Crocodile

    For millions of years the crocodile
    developed the skill of patience
    watchful and still he awaits
    beneath his camouflage
    of succulent leaves
    tempting fodder
    for careless
    short lived
    he is
    there is beauty
    in his scaly form
    honed as it has evolved
    into this fearsome hunter
    whose only predator is man
    desiring his skin as a trophy

    ©Sally Cronin 2020

    Smorgasbord Poetry – Colleen Chesebro’s Weekly Poetry Challenge – #DoubleNonet – The Crocodile by Sally Cronin


  6. Hello Colleen- What a stunning photo. Here is mine, a triple tanka:


    the veil, now lifted
    the enemy is revealed
    spending life racing
    chasing the mighty dollar
    failing to honor nature

    but now that we’ve paused
    we are seeing fresh beauty
    in every green leaf
    finally, we realize
    earth was waiting for our fall

    for we are, you see
    our own baffling enemy
    destroying the air
    we breath, the water we drink
    killing ourselves with each act


  7. I’m enjoying all the interpretations of this photo.


    this ancient primal
    rising, this
    stillness that
    strikes suddenly from the depths
    of water and earth



    1. Excellent word choice with sibylline. I had to look it up. The oracle speaks through you, Kerfe. I couldn’t help but read your poem and think of the virus, as it so fit your apt descriptions. ❤


  8. Quite a variety of responses. Nothing was coming for me, but I finally did this shadorma sequence.

    From beneath,

    under, and within

    monsters come–


    from the depths they smile at you

    offering you gifts

    but light drifts,

    blue-shifting nearer

    in pinpricks

    and glimmers

    radiating from above,

    brightening beauty, truth

    is constant,

    never ebbing or

    flowing, though

    it tumbles

    blown by foul winds, yet always

    seeking the surface.


Comments are closed.

%d bloggers like this: