It’s the fourth week of the month! Are you ready for a theme prompt? Kerfe Roig from last month’s challenge picked the theme…

This month’s theme is:


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, 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 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!


  1. Hi Colleen,
    Since I’m still a neophyte to syllabic poetry and choosing which poetry styles are best for which topics, what specific types do you think would best fit this topic?

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    1. Marsha, I would begin with a form that appeals to you the most. The cinquain would be a good one to start with. The rules are more forgiving than the Japanese forms. Work with this form for a couple of weeks. Make the last line of your cinquain the most important. This is where you change your focus away from the drama of the first four lines. That last line should be a surprise. To begin, try making a list of the things that the word “maps” make you think of. You know, like traveling, unknown journeys, etc. Then, work with your syllables on https://www.howmanysyllables.com/words/finally, click the workshop tab. The program counts the syllables for you. Let me know how you are getting along. ❤


      1. This really helps. I can’t wait for your book. I have to say, it’s so nice to have a personal tutor! 🙂 I’m beginning to suspect that there’s a method in my interviews – the benefit of a friend’s help! 🙂

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        1. LOL! In fact, I was just telling another friend the other day who still misses my old challenge, “Writer’s Quote Wednesday,” that I was going to ask you to start that back up. It’s simple to do and would give you lots of opportunity to practice poetry and other forms of writing. LOL! I’ll email you. ❤

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      1. It’s your challenge, so you get to decide. 😀 I’m not as big a fan of syllabic poetry as you are, but you give us many forms to choose from, and the restrictions do serve as a way to make one’s thoughts concise and to pay close attention to each word.

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  4. Intriguing prompt Colleen! Maps is such an exciting word and one full of interpretations. I ended up using the literal interpretation and got in here at the last minute to write a Found Nonet poem. I found out afterwards that I had accidentally written a Found Reverse Nonet poem, which can be read from top to bottom and vice versa. I will be attempting more Nonet variations for your challenge this week as well, can’t wait 🙂

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