COLLEEN’S 2020 WEEKLY #TANKA TUESDAY #POETRY CHALLENGE NO. 189, #POET’SCHOICE

WELCOME TO TANKA TUESDAY!

A note to all my poets and readers: I’m switching back to the premium plan from the business plan and working with WordPress. The renewal for the business plan at $300 a year is much too steep for a struggling poet, like me… so, beware of glitches. Hopefully, everything will go smoothly. ~Colleen~

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!

WAIT…

Are you looking for more inspiration for your syllabic poetry? Find an image on Pixabay.com or experiment with “found poetry” 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!

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

NEW RULES: Let’s make this challenge a true 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

synonyms.com 

This site even has a link so you can install the extension on Google Chrome.

thesaurus.com

For Synonyms and Antonyms. When your word has too many syllables, find one that works.

howmanysyllables.com

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.

THE *NEW* RULES

  • 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:

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!


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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 wordcraftpoetry.com 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 wordcraftpoetry.com. 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 carrotranch.com. 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 wordcraftpoetry.com.

60 thoughts on “COLLEEN’S 2020 WEEKLY #TANKA TUESDAY #POETRY CHALLENGE NO. 189, #POET’SCHOICE”

  1. Sue Dreamwalker – Each of us, carries within us the capacity to change the world in small ways for better or worse. Everything we do and think affects the people in our lives, and their reactions in turn affect others As the effect of a seemingly insignificant word passes from person to person, its impact grows and can become a source of great joy, inspiration, anxiety, or pain. Your thoughts and actions are like stones dropped into still waters, causing ripples to spread and expand as they move outward.. I hope that I can send a few ripples out via the web of life, as we each of us weave the threads together... Welcome to my Sanctuary of Peace and Love... May we each spread our Lights around our World....Sue Dreamwalker
    Sue Dreamwalker says:

    Good luck with a smooth transition Colleen. And happy poetry making to all here.
    Sending love and well wishes Colleen.have a beautiful week. 💚🙏😘

  2. I put a link in Mr Linky. I also did a ping back but it has not arrived yet.

  3. It’s alright Colleen, as long as you’re doing it, I’m good💛

  4. willowdot21 – Berkshire – Female, wife, full time mother and Grandmother. I am not as happy go lucky as I used to be but I am still bubbling along on simmer! I have three handsome sons all grown and flown.The youngest married with a beautiful wife and two sons of his own. Eleven years ago I was working, running a home, driving and socializing then bang in a split second all that was gone. I had an accident at home. I broke my back, not for the first time, I had broken it 10 years previously as well. Unfortunately this time I had broken it really badly and it was truly messed up so I had to have two operations. I was told before each operation that the outcome could mean I spend the rest of my life in a wheelchair. Still as some guy once wrote "I am still standing " yes "better than I ever was " not quite but with the help of a walking stick and as long as I do not stand or sit in one position for too long, I am still standing! Update I no longer use the walking stick . I had lots of friends before the accident but when things like this happen, you loose most of them. Their lives move on and mine stood still and so they left me behind ...I know that is just the way life is but it hurt and always will. Then I looked around and saw those who were still there for me, these friends are the roses in my garden they need to be tended well. They are the diamonds in the dust, I will of been married 50yrs plus this year . Pain and boredom are my enemies now, I have to find different ways to approach life, use my pain befriend it almost...yer right , well that is what they tell me at the pain clinic ROFLMAO ...... if only I could! I have found an outlet for my fears, frustrations and night terrors . I have started writing poetry if that name can be applied to my writing. I hope I do not come over as a moaning winger. I hope I am past all that. I also hope that you might see how the poetry is moving from very dark through the grey and hopefully in to light ?? I need to update this a little here. I have worked very hard over the years since my accident, I go to the gym regularly, I have a Pilates class and a core class once a week . The guys at the gym and my Pilates teacher cajoled, teased, bullied and encouraged me to abandon my walking stick! :) My back is no longer straight it is C shaped because of the injury and I have lost two and a half inches in height but my Pilates and Core teachers have helped me to stand up as straight and as strongly as possible. Pain and depression are still hanging on my arm but I have weapons to use against them and if I say so myself I cope well. I have made lots of new friends, real diamonds. I am also very grateful for all the support and help I have encountered here on Wordpress. Hugs and welcome to everyone who visits.
    willowdot21 says:

    I am late but finally here 💜 I hope all your sight problems are sorted now Colleen 💜💜
    https://willowdot21.wordpress.com/2020/08/05/colleens-2020-weekly-tanka-tuesday-poetry-challenge-no-189-poetschoice/

  5. Oh… I didn’t even look at the date of the post… I suppose since it is poets choice I can use the same entry I posted on the ‘old post’ – (Yes, I’ll put it in the link) So here it is: Right Words to Leave By?

      1. I just added my entry to both the linky & in the post. I thought the number was off and there wasn’t a linky thing… well it was late… That’s my excuse – and I’m sticking with it 😉

        Thanks for your diligence! 💟

  6. Your blog looks very nice and organized, Colleen. I’m happy that I made the change from the Business plan back to the Premium plan. It took a while to get things situated but I am pleased with the end results.

    I contribute to a site – PoetrySoup – https://www.poetrysoup.com/. It’s a great site that offers a syllable counter, grammar checker, and more. It’s free to join and another place for your poetry. I contributed many poems and have met a lot of talented poets,

  7. Pilgrimage Studio – My pilgrimage began with an interest in the cultural practices, customs, and traditions for wellbeing and healing across the world. Practices that are as old as time itself and have been proven by years of use. This interest resulted in a Bachelor of Arts in the College of Health, Human Services, and Science for a degree in Complimentary and Alternative health (which is relative to Holistic Health and Integrative Medicine) from Ashford University in 2014. At first it was an interest. And then it grew. Now, I share these practices with others.
    Pilgrimage Studio says:

    Thank you Colleen, here is my try at Shandorma:
    https://pilgrimage.studio/2020/08/06/todays-shot-180/

  8. merrildsmith – I am a historian, writer, and poet. My books have mainly focused on history, sexuality, and gender, and my most recent book is a reference book, Sexual Harassment. My blog is mainly poetry and musings about the world around me.
    merrildsmith says:

    It looks like everything is working OK now? I’ve just added mine–I decided to have a bit of fun with a double butterfly cinquain on the butterfly effect.

  9. Smorgasbord - Variety is the Spice of Life. – Wexford Ireland – My name is Sally Cronin and I am doing what I love.. Writing. Books, short stories, Haiku and blog posts. . I move between non-fiction health books and posts and fairy stories, romance and humour. I love variety which is why I called my blog Smorgasbord Invitation and you will find a wide range of subjects. Free Book Marketing, Music, Health, Book Reviews, Short Stories, Poetry and Humour. Find out more at https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/about-me/
    Smorgasbord - Variety is the Spice of Life. says:

    Hi Colleen.. with Mr. Linky.. have attempted a Haiku Sequence this week… on my favourite subject…https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/08/08/smorgasbord-poetry-colleen-chesebross-weekly-tanka-challenge-haikusequence-rain-by-sally-cronin/

      1. Smorgasbord - Variety is the Spice of Life. – Wexford Ireland – My name is Sally Cronin and I am doing what I love.. Writing. Books, short stories, Haiku and blog posts. . I move between non-fiction health books and posts and fairy stories, romance and humour. I love variety which is why I called my blog Smorgasbord Invitation and you will find a wide range of subjects. Free Book Marketing, Music, Health, Book Reviews, Short Stories, Poetry and Humour. Find out more at https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/about-me/
        Smorgasbord - Variety is the Spice of Life. says:

  10. memadtwo – For more madness, follow me on Instagram @h_zimel methodtwomadness is a blog of two friends, Nina and Kerfe kblog is Kerfe's solo branch on the tree
    memadtwo says:

    THanks Colleen. Another bird. (K)

      1. I wish it’d been easier, too… dead links are terrible for SEO, and yet WP makes it so hard to keep that up. I’ve never gone off the free plan (hence why I have buttloads of terrible looking ads), but at least there’s consistency?

        1. The spam is back, but you get that everywhere. You know, they’ve updated the block editor enough that I don’t need the plugins I needed before. It all works better now. Thank goodness!

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