Colleen’s 2020 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 185, #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! It’s your choice!

The Poet’s Collective features an index of Syllabic Poetry Forms. Check it out!

NEW RULES: Let’s make this challenge truly a poet’s choice! Use any syllabic poetry form that you’d like. As long as there are syllables to count, you’re good to go! Be creative. If your form is something new, teach us how to write it. Have fun!

Don’t forget to add the URL of your published poem in Mr. Linky below.

For Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge, you can write your poem in the forms defined on the Poetry Challenge Cheatsheet below, and/or any other syllabic form you’d like to try.

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 syllabic poetry form of your choice from The Poet’s Collective which features an index of Syllabic Poetry Forms. OR, you can use one of the eleven forms we use in our challenges.
  • 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. 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.

Follow the schedule listed below:

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

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.

70 thoughts on “Colleen’s 2020 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 185, #Poet’sChoice

  1. Hi Colleen 🌸 I’ve sent you an urgent email about something in this post, please check as soon as you can ❤️


  2. Thank you for all your efforts making these great challenges. Thank you too, to all the contributors making this to a wonderful experience of word-artistic. Be well and stay save, Colleen. Best wishes, Michael


      1. Thank you very much for your great kindness, Colleen. You are my role model for learning a little bit about the wonderful poetry metrics. But my brains seems to resists. 😉 Be well and stay save. Michael


  3. Hi Colleen, how are you doing? Hope you are OK! Did you see the gorgeous full moon this week? I wrote an Etheree thinking about her. Sometimes my inspiration is down, but always up when it is full moon! Stay safe and have a wonderful rest of week!


    1. Thank you, Elizabeth! I’ve been working on my book and staying inside out of the heat! The moon always inspires me as well. I’ve grabbed some of your haiga as examples, by the way. So exciting! 😍


  4. I took you at your word, Colleen, and I did a new (to me) form called a diatelle. It’s syllabic, shape poetry, but it also rhymes. I felt like a doing a new challenge instead of working. Hahaha.


    1. LOL! You are so funny. I like this form but have never learned how to work with the rhyming schemes. Even in college, I stayed away from rhyming poetry. Maybe it’s time I learn a new gig? LOL! I do like that it’s syllabic. I think this is excellent, Merril!! You’re amazing! ❤


      1. Aww–thanks, Colleen. I like rhyme sometimes, but I know it can sound contrived. Then again, sometimes syllabic forms seem forced, too, or maybe didactic? In any case, I thought I’d try something different, so I’m glad you liked it. 🙂


  5. Hi Colleen,
    Thank you for this challenge. I’ve tried for the first time my hand at Garland Cinquain syllable poetry.
    Thank you for being an inspiration. Hope you and everyone enjoys.


      1. Thanks, Colleen. I’m so looking forward to featuring your writing challenge on Always Write. You are an inspiration. 🙂


        1. Thanks, Marsha. I’m almost done with my book. I had to take the weekend off. I was worn out! As soon as I’m done, I’ll get on the interview. ❤️ Thanks again for the invite.


          1. I totally understand. I can’t imagine how you can do so many things at once. When I’m writing a book, I’m in a total eclipse zone. I don’t have it scheduled until August and I can move it back if you need to. 🙂


                1. Before I retired, I was a bookkeeper/administrative assistant. I got used to do doing about ten projects at a time. It was the nature of the beast. Now, I’ve slowed way down! LOL!


                  1. It doesn’t sound like it. I’ve done administrative work as well, and I’d get one thing going and get distracted by the next, then the next, etc. I tried to clear off my desk by the end of the day, but it meant some pretty long hours. 🙂 I’m sure those days are no strangers to you! 🙂


                    1. Ouch! I would hate that! I worked as an administrative assistant in a Bible College in Colorado Springs about 35 years ago. I had so much fun, I thought I was hot administrative assistant stuff. When we moved to CA, I got a job as an office manager at a company called Emcotec which manufactured air scrubbers. Keeping books by hand was not too difficult and it was a small company. Being the secretary for two or three scientists was a little more challenging. After I earned my teaching credential and administrative credential, I worked at the County Office of Education providing staff development to teachers in the areas of language arts, history and mathematics. No finances other than creating a budget – HAPPY ME! I also had four history student events that I coordinated with a fabulous assistant. After I retired, I worked for a short time as administrator/assistant for a professional non-profit. That’s where I came in contact with tax/financial issues that I needed to figure out! I was not hot stuff! I didn’t last more than three or four months at that! Quick Books made my head hurt! 🙂 TMI, LOL I hope you don’t mind! 🙂


                    2. LOL! Great creative endeavors, Marsha. I should write a poem about all of my different jobs! I worked for a rancher in Montana and did the ranch books. Loved it! He also had an oil company with working wells. I also did those books. Super interesting! But the ranch in Montana stole my heart. ❤️


                    3. So no wonder you love Carrot Ranch so much. You have a heart for ranches. Montana is such a huge place! I’ve driven across it on the way home to Oregon from Wisconsin. I thought it would never end. (Of course I had bronchitis.) You would love where I am this week. We are looking at property in Prescott, AZ. My realtor girlfriend and I came to Sedona and are going back and forth to Prescott looking at houses. So, not much blogging in the last three days. I experienced my first monsoon here. Fabulous! Ranching is king here. 🙂 They just had their huge rodeo in Prescott. 🙂


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