Buying and selling a house cross country is stressful! Things are moving forward as usual. We had one full price offer on our house, but they wanted us out in two weeks!! I said no-way!

We have found a couple of houses in Michigan and bid on them, but not high enough. I have two more picked out, so we shall see how that proceeds. Fingers crossed. Wish us luck. <3

It’s the third week of the month! Time for an Ekphrastic #PhotoPrompt

This challenge explores Ekphrastic writing inspired by visual art (photographs). Diana Peach from last month’s challenge has provided the photo for this month’s challenge:

On the Monday before the next challenge, I will pick a poem from this week’s challenge and share it on my blog. Whoever I pick will choose the photo for next month’s challenge! Email your selection to me at tankatuesdaypoetry@gmail.com a week before the challenge. Please include the photo credit and the link to the photographer. Thank you!

For the Tanka Tuesday Weekly Poetry Challenge, you can write your poem in the forms defined on the Poetry Challenge Cheatsheet (click the link below):

Here are some impressive sites that will help you write your poetry and count syllables:


A simple yet 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 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.

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. Please try to only use these forms. The first of the month challenge, you can write whatever syllabic form you choose.
  • 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, #Renga, #Solo-Renga, #micropoetry, #poetry, #5lines, #Haibun, #Prose, #CinquainPoetry, #Etheree, #Nonet, #Shadorma

So, Word Crafters… who wants to have fun and write some poetry?

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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 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.
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  1. Loving the image prompt this week! I would love to know where Diana finds them…

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  3. Thanks so much, Colleen, for the opportunity to provide a prompt. I will put on my poetry hat and get busy!!

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  5. Hi Collen, I love the picture Diana chose this week. Obviously I have seen it, and others in this series, many times before, yet I still decided to look it up to discover the story behind it. Here is my take on painting and its story: https://trentsworldblog.wordpress.com/2020/11/17/tuvstarr-tanka/

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  8. Is that John Bauer?

  9. I am really hoping all is going well with the move. Sending lots of good purchasing vibes coming your way.
    As for our beautiful prompt I went for a mystical tanka.

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    Fingers crossed your move goes smoothly and you find your perfect house.
    What a fantastic picture. I’m going to have to try to do this one. Xo

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  16. Sending good luck 🍀

  17. Love the photo Diana chose. I may have to hop on. <3

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  19. I had to take this challenge Colleen! What an evocative picture!

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  22. OMG, two weeks, Colleen, I’m glad you said, “No way!” Congratulations on the quick sale of your house. Good luck finding one in MI. I’m so sad to miss you here in AZ.

    • I know. Life is so crazy, isn’t it? How’s Prescott?

      • We love it. Weather is fabulous.

        • Perfect! We still have the air on! We did sell our house on Tuesday. Should lock in a house in Michigan tomorrow. ❤️

          • Yay! We had the heat on this morning. I turned it off at night and everyone froze. LOL. Where in Michigan are you going? Do you have friends and family? Our nephew and his wife run a farm and business through the U of Michigan,. He’s into bees. Michigan is nice and green. A whole different vibe than AZ, I bet.

            Our offer on another condo for us was accepted. It is adorable in a very nice community. Put our down payment down today. Our other house closed escrow and was recorded today. Whew! Now I can settle back to blogging again! Yay! We got new phones (same numbers, but our ATT service did not work here.) Lots of little details, which I’m sure you are experiencing right now.

          • Lansing, Michigan. Yes, we have friends there. Plus, Charli Mills lives up north in the UP of Michigan. I’m glad you’re settling in. ❤️

          • How fun for you! Thanks. You will be settling in very soon! 🙂

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  26. Happy Friday, Sis! I love the image that Diana chose for this week’s challenge. Have a good one! <3 xo

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  29. I don’t see a Mr. Linky so here’s mine:

  30. OK, I did a search for the blog and reopened it and it turned up on that post…wonder what the problem with the first post was? computers! (K)

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  32. Hi Colleen,
    Thanks for the challenge. I enjoyed penning the Gogyohka form this time.

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