Happy Mabon! Today is the Autumnal Equinox!

It’s the fourth week of the month! Are you ready for a theme prompt? Franci Hoffman, aka Eugi’s Causerie II, from last month’s challenge picked the theme.

This month’s theme is:

The Night Sky

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!

For Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge, you can write your poem in the forms defined on the Poetry Challenge Cheatsheet:

Click HERE to visit the forms to use for this challenge

PLEASE NOTE: I did add the Renga and the Solo Renga forms to the cheatsheet.

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.

A simple yet very powerful syllable counter for poems and text which will count the total number of syllables and number of syllable per line for poems like haikus, limericks, and more. This site does the hard work for you.

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  • Write a poem using one of these forms: Haiku, Senryu, Haiga, Tanka, Gogyohka, Haibun, Tanka Prose, Renga, 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, #Gogyohka, #Haibun, #Tanka Prose, #Renga, #Solo Renga, #CinquainPoetry, #Etheree, #Nonet, #Shadorma, #micropoetry, #poetry, #5lines,

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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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  3. I can always find something to write about on this theme. 😀


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  7. Hi Colleen, I wrote a tanka for this week’s challenge:

  8. Beautiful prompt, thank you Francis Hoffman
    And of course Colleen for being our host.
    Here is my entry.

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  12. Happy Mabon Sis. Oooh sounds like a great themeprompt. I hope I can hop on! We’ll see what the week brings <3

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  14. Could do quite a bit with the night sky but I incorporated it into:
    Fickle Frond?

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  18. Hi Colleen, Thanks to Francis Hoffman for such a great theme and to Colleen for opening up her contest to allow participation at so many levels. Here’s my entry for this week.

    • Yay! Marsha! Thank you, friend. ❤️

      • You are welcome. really enjoyed this one. I think I’m getting the hang of some of them. 🙂

        • Of course, you are! Hey, missed you at the CR meeting yesterday. Hope everything is ok. <3

          • Short story I could make longer – We found stray kittens in our yard. Didn’t have their eyes open even, and super sick. So I was at the vet yesterday instead of on our meeting. It would have been much cheaper to stay home and forget the vet, but the kittens would have died. They are both doing better, not thriving, but better for sure. Bottle feeding every two hours during the day, and a little less at night.

          • OH, yikes!! Poor little babies. That’s like my Freyja. The mom showed up on a neighbor’s doorstep with a bunch of kittens. They were all healthy, and I paid the vet bill for Freyja. OK, I was worried something had happened to you. <3

          • Thank you for your concern. It was worth the trip. The babies are now thriving. They have gone from forcing the nipple through tightly gripped teeth to them grabbing it and gulping down the formula. They are bouncy and perky like kittens their age should be in spite of still having respiratory and eye problems. They can see a little bit and follow my husband and me around like puppies. So, so cute. But then you know about cute! Freyja is beautiful.

          • Awww. I’m glad to hear that. I know they’re in good hands. ❤️

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  20. Hello Colleen

    Please find enclosed, my Tanka for the week. 🙂

  21. Beautiful prompt! Thank you. Here’s my haiku:

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  25. Hi Colleen, happy Autumn to you! Thanks for the prompt Franci, perfect for this week!

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  27. I have missed your challenges, but couldn’t pass this one up! <3

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  30. Thanks Colleen…you know this theme resonates with me!

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  33. crumbs! this is a busy blog! I’d seen links in the past but this is the first time I’ve visited.
    Thanks for that syllables link – I use the rhyme and thesaurus sites a lot, but didn’t realise there was one for syllables too. Just shows it’s always worth googling, even if you think you’re being over-optimistic.

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  35. I went to a gogyohka sequence because syllabic just wasn’t working for me today! 😀


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  38. Beautiful ❣️

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