Sorry for the chaos last week! I’m slowing updating all the pages that did NOT come over from the business plan. The Poetry Challenge Cheat Sheet link and the Tanka Tuesday Poetry Book Store links are on the main menu above. You should be able to access them. Please let me know if something is not working, so I can let WP know to fix it.

Moral of the story, don’t update to the WP business plan unless you are prepared to pay $300 a year for your blog the second year, to say nothing of the hassles that go with the entire mess. ❤

Jules, of Jules Pens Some Gems selected your words for this week. Check out this amazing list of poetry forms on her blog!

Here are your two words:

“Circled and Squared”

On the Monday before the next challenge, I’ll select a poem and share it on my blog as part of the Weekly Poetry Challenge Stars. Whoever I pick will choose the words for next month’s challenge!

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 Cheat sheet below (or on the top menu)

Here are some 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


  • Write a poem using a form of your choice: Haiku, Senryu, Haiga, Tanka, Gogyohka, Haibun, Tanka Prose, Cinquain, and its variations, Etheree, 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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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.


  1. I feel for you with your techie issues, Colleen. The WP business plan allows you to use plug-ins, yet the annual cost is high! I have opted for self-hosted, which gives a lot of options and is much cheaper. Natalie Ducey pointed the way with that option. Wrapping you in much love. ❤

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    1. Thanks, Jane. With the new editor, I found that the plug-ins weren’t necessary. I’m back to the premium plan which is good. I had to replace pages that didn’t transfer over but otherwise it’s all there! 😍❤️

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      1. It’s interesting how we have all been involved in technical hiccups and challenges, isn’t it? Congratulations on handling yours with loving grace, Colleen. ❤ Xx

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  2. While I guess I could have just used my prompt with one word each as a synonym… I used three each and then added three more prompts. I’m continuing a personal saga of having no air conditioning. I’m hoping the part comes in soon… today, this morning isn’t so bad. But the last two days I’ve been just a puddle of a person trying to cope in the heat. Thanks for letting me pick the words for this week. I’ll attempt to respond to others as I am able. But the sun is breaking through the clouds and I might just try and find a hole to hide in…
    Here’s makin’ me wait…

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      1. I’ve got two ceiling fans, and two more a large and a small (the small directly at my face!)

        The clouds are working with me for the moment… not sure what else I’ll get done today though …(I did visit some of the others here in the linky).

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    1. Jules, I’m so sorry about your air conditioning. We had the same problem for nearly three months, from May to July. So I empathize. We put a small air conditioner into a window, and that, with ceiling fans, helped a lot. I wish you the best. Now our insurance company is having to foot the bill for cleaning up the mess the installation company left when they let the condensation line drip continuously into the attic without going into a pipe.

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      1. Oh…my. We had a similar issue with an attic unit spilling over the drain pain because it wasn’t installed properly. The ceiling shouldn’t leak….

        Thankfully our unit is under warranty – though we have to pay for the service call. Ceiling fans and smaller fans are whirring… guys’ supposed to come this afternoon…

        Just one of life’s little challenges – a basket of lemons to be made into lemonade ~ thanks. Stay cool and safe. ~ Jules

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        1. No, we will both be glad to plow through this one. Not a good time to try to sell a house and move. LOL. I incorporated the story into my tanka today. A new pattern for me. 🙂

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    1. Yes, me too! I did have a thought about your mess. If you reset your computer back to factory reset it will wipe out all of the Dropbox mess. Then, you can transfer your laptop to the new one. Also, you need to get an external drive that runs off a USB plug. That way everything is stored there and not on your computer. They are around $100 for a zillion terabytes of storage. All your photos can go there too. No one uses SD cards anymore. You might have to go to a computer place to get the data transferred to an external drive. Research external drives. Much better than Dropbox. ❤️

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      1. Thanks for that Sis. Firstly, I spent 3 days doing the delete, so I have finally got rid of the dupes, so I’d hate to start all over now – wish you told me that day 1 lol. As for the external hardrive. I have an old one I use for backing up – that’s the one I used to plug in and transfer everything over. Only problem with this expensive machine that only gives me one port where I insert the stick that is the bluetooth connector to my mouse, thus no spare port to keep a backup always plugged in! Insane right? 😦 ❤

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          1. Say what????????????? I can add ports????? Thank you amazing guru. I will order one today. Btw, my mouse is bluetooth, lol. Only it needs the little connector in the USB port to work. I’m ordering, I’m ordering! ❤ xx

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            1. LOL! There are so many cool techie things out there. I google everything. You’d be surprised what you can do. It’s probably time to update your external drive. They need updating as well. ❤️❤️❤️

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                  1. True, but your maternal instincts. ❤ I found a hub and a new backup disk! Woohoo! ❤ Just waiting to hit the 'buy' button when my niece gets back to me, the model of phone the little one was given for free by the government and no carrier charges for 6 months. I was impressed to learn. ❤

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  3. Three hundred a year is a lot, Colleen. That’s about what I was paying for my self-hosted Always Write. I gave it up and my posts transferred, but of course all the links are off. I don’t know if I can ever get them all fixed. I started to, but ended up rewriting and updating all my posts. Too much work, and very boring! I now have the same plan you do, and I love it. It’s just enough. Besides, you don’t need plug-ins for most things. WordPress has really improved their Premium plan since I was away. I feel so much freer and enjoy blogging again. Happy blogging on your new plan. 🙂

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  4. Your site looks fabulous and your links are working fine for me. I found with the new editor and a good theme, the Premium plan has just as much going for it as the Business plan.

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