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,

By clicking submit, you agree to share your email address with Word Craft ~ Prose & Poetry to receive a weekly blog recap of posts, marketing, updates, and other emails from It really is the best way to never miss another poetry challenge post again! Use the unsubscribe link in those emails to opt-out.

Now, have fun and write some poetry!


          1. 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.

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            1. 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. ❤

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              1. 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.

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  1. 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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      1. the trouble is, I’m already committed to a number of challenges; there’s no time to write 😦 But I’ll keep an eye on it…


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