Colleen’s 2020 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 179, #ThemePrompt


It’s the fourth week of the month! Are you ready for a theme prompt? Merril D. Smith from last month’s challenge selected a special theme:

This week’s theme is:

“How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed in a weary world.”

― William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice

We’ve never done a quote before as a theme, but as you can see, it’s quite brilliant. Words have the power of inspiration! Have fun.

On the Monday before the next challenge, I’ll select someone to choose next month’s theme.

For Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge, you can write your poem in the forms defined on the Poetry Challenge Cheatsheet:

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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  • Write a poem using a form of your choice: Haiku, Senryu, Haiga, Tanka, Gogyohka, Haibun, Tanka Prose, Cinquain, and its variations, Ehteree, Nonet, and Shadorma.
  • Post it on your blog.
  • Include a link back to the challenge in your post. (copy the https:// address of this post into your post).
  • Copy your link into the Mr. Linky below (underlined with a hyperlink).
  • Please click the small checkbox on Mr. Linky about data protection.
  • Read and comment on some of your fellow poets’ work.
  • Like and leave a comment below if you choose to do so.

The screenshot below shows what Mr. Linky looks like inside after you click the image. Add your name, and the URL of your post. Click the box about the privacy policy (It’s blue). As everyone adds their links to Mr. Linky, you can view the other submissions by clicking on the Mr. Linky link on the challenge post. All the links will show in the order of posting.

Thank you to dVerse Poets for the Mr. Linky inspiration.

Follow the monthly 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, #micropoetry, #poetry, #5lines, #Haibun, #Prose, #CinquainPoetry, #Etheree, #Nonet, #Shadorma #Gogyohka, #TankaProse

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Now, have fun and write some poetry! Don’t forget to add your poetry to Mr. Linky.

74 thoughts on “Colleen’s 2020 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 179, #ThemePrompt

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            Whatever works, right? 🙂


  1. I didn’t see that you had a Mr. Linky thingy. I did a ping back but it hasn’t shown up. But I also put the link in the comments section. I often do both linky and put a link in the comments just to be sure. I’ll try to remember now that you’ve got a Linky 😀


  2. Thanks for the prompt Colleen and Merril D. Smith for the challenge prompt. I’ve linked my poetry to Mr. Linky.
    Thank you all for stopping by and reading.


    1. Excellent. I know this garland cinquain will find a place in my new book as an example of how to write this poetry form. Same as usual, I give you credit, and you retain all rights to your work. ❤


      1. Thank you, Colleen. I’m pleased you like it, and honored, and you are welcome to use it with credit. I don’t know if it’s technically a garland cinquain. The last stanza doesn’t use lines from the previous?


        1. Well that’s true. No worries, it’s a lovely example of a cinquain sequence. I will still use it! I do need some examples of a garland cinquain if you’re game. LOL! ❤


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