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This weeks theme is:

“Holiday Traditions”

What is tradition? By definition, tradition is:

  • The passing down of elements of a culture from generation to generation, especially by oral communication.
  • A mode of thought or behavior followed by a people continuously from generation to generation; a custom or usage.

We all celebrate different holiday traditions at this time of year. And, to be exact, there are many religious traditions that fall under these holiday traditions—not just Christmas.

I consider all of you to be part of my poetic family, so let’s create a huge collaborative garland cinquain (2/4/6/8/2) sequence of poetry that connects to each other like a garland of poetry wrapped around a holiday tree.

This week, write one cinquain based on your holiday traditions. I don’t want anyone bored this holiday week.

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.

I don't get it


  • If you don’t want to write a cinquain for our garland, write a poem using a form of your choice: Haiku, Senryu, Haiga, Tanka, Gogyohka, Haibun, Tanka Prose, Renga, Solo-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.

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, #Renga, #Solo-Renga, #CinquainPoetry, #Etheree, #Nonet, #Shadorma #Gogyohka, #TankaProse

Now, have fun and write some holiday 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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  2. I’ve been waiting for this to write today’s post. It’s 10:30am here, so I have till 1:30pm to make it good.
    Thank you Colleen ❤️

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  5. Lovely! Will you put the cinquains together (in your spare time)?😀
    Happy Holidays to all!

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  8. Hi Colleen, I didn’t read it clearly enough so I did a haibun/tanka before coming back and discovering you wanted a cinquin! OK, so I did one of those as well 😉 I hope you enjoy both poems: https://trentsworldblog.wordpress.com/2020/12/22/holiday-traditions-tanka-haibun-cinquain/

  9. For all those who celebrate loves lights:
    Thank you Colleen for a wonderful year of Tanka Tuesday Prompts
    I did a trio just for you – right here:

    Cinquain Trio

    Oil fried ~
    Chopped onions in
    Grated potatoes – ‘cakes’
    Interfaith group lights colored

    Pot roast
    For our trio
    In lock down mode this month…
    Missing family’s New Year’s ‘kraut

    To have other
    Poets and storytellers
    To explore seasonal greetings


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  11. I tried the garland cinquain this week Colleen thank you for pushing us to try.💜

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  15. I ended up using part of your theme for a flash fiction here: (68) Damned Family 3p(Jesse Hums Along)

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  18. I see that some people wrote a garland cinquain, so I guess it was OK that I wrote a double. 😀

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  20. When writing a cinquain I usually pay attention to the type of word I’m using rather than syllables. I.E., the first line is a noun, second line is two adjectives, etc.
    Do you want syllable count or word type in the garland cinquain?

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  23. Fab challenge. I shall try <3 xx

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  27. I enjoyed writing this Cinquain, Colleen. Many thanks for the challenge. Wishing you and everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy 2021. 🙂

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