Colleen’s 2020 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 187 #PhotoPrompt


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

Sally Cronin provided the photo for this month’s photo challenge:

Image Credit: © Sally Cronin

What does this photo say to you? Remember to use all of your senses when you craft your poetry. Could this photo be a metaphor for something?

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.

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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. 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:

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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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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  2. Thanks for using my photo Colleen and will now head off to see what I can come up with!! ♥

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  4. Hi Colleen. Cool photo by Sally. I did a tanka based on it. i hope you enjoy 🙂

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  7. It’s a beautiful photo Sally and Pembroke is a beautiful part of Wales 💜

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  10. Hi Colleen,
    Thanks for hosting the challenge and Sally Cronin for the beautiful picture.
    As I didn’t participate in previous week’s challenge, I’ve combined previous week’s and current week’s challenge prompts. Hope you enjoy. 🙂

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  12. Crammed 3 prompts in this tanka: ‘whiskers’

  13. Very interesting and beautiful capture. <3

  14. Hi Colleen! Nice photo, but it made me a little sad. Interesting how a photo can take our mind to dark places.

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  17. Hi Colleen, my first garland cinquain for this week. Quite the challenge.

  18. A great prompt from Sally. I’ve already seen some wonderful responses. 🙂

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  20. a gogyohka for Sally’s photo

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  22. A gogyohka sequence. I guess the photo and recent storms made me think of The Tempest. 😀

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  24. Hi Colleen, Hot off the presses, I see I forgot my #. I added it to Mr. Linky, too. Thanks for all your great comments to everyone who commented on the post. They are still coming in today! You are very popular in the blogosphere. 🙂

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