Happy New Year of poetry writing! I’ve missed you all! I can’t wait to write poetry again. How about you? We’re still unpacking and trying to get our bearings in this strange unknown land called Michigan. The snow is gently falling and the temperatures are much cooler than Arizona. Our new house will need some work, but we’re thrilled to be here!

Since it’s the first poetry challenge of the new year, Word Crafters, choose your own syllabic poetry form, theme, words, images, etc. It’s up to you!


Are you looking for inspiration for your syllabic poetry? Find an image on Pixabay.com or experiment with “found poetry” to find some inspiration. Another option is to try some magnetic poetry. You still have to count syllables, but it’s like putting together a puzzle! Use this opportunity to try a new form!

The Poet’s Collective features an index of Syllabic Poetry Forms. Check it out!

This challenge is a true poet’s choice! Use any syllabic poetry form that you’d like. As long as there are syllables to count, you’re good to go! Be creative. If your form is something new, teach us how to write it. Have fun!

Don’t forget to add the URL of your published poem in Mr. Linky below.

For this challenge, you can write your poem in the forms defined on the Poetry Challenge Cheatsheet below, and/or any other syllabic form you’d like to try.

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.


Find out how many syllables each word has. I use this site to compose my poems. 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.

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  • Write a poem using a form of your choice: Haiku, Senryu, Haiga, Tanka, Gogyohka, Haibun, Renga, Solo-Renga, 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.

See the URL in the browser image below. This is what the URL of your post will look like after you published your poem. Cut and paste that address into Mr. Linky below:

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, #Tanka Prose, #micropoetry, #renga, #solo-renga, #poetry, #5lines, #Haibun, #Prose, #CinquainPoetry, #Etheree, #Nonet, #Shadorma, #Gogyohka

Now, have fun and write some poetry!


      1. 😀
        Maybe my friend got the tri-cube from Writer’s Digest- I looked it up and found an entry there. There were other entries about it though.
        I think haiku is easier! 😉

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                1. I was young only 21 when I came to England. I LOVED it! I gave birth to my youngest daughter there. She still holds her British citizenship as she was born in 1981. The English imprinted on me. ❤


  1. Nice to be back! Moving is such a hassle. I thought I’d never do it again after 2011, now I think maybe once more.

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  2. SO glad you are back! You are officially an Michigander 😊
    Will get my Tanka on – or some other bunch of countables.

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      1. She was amazing!! I loved the poem but also the utterly beautiful delivery, right down to her fingertips. A stunning talent. I heard an She gave an interview on CNN last night and she’s brilliant. Anderson Cooper was left speechless. It was adorable. Ha ha.

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        1. I couldn’t agree with you more. I know Maya Angelou was looking down from above bursting with pride. What a lovely young lady – Such tallent. She moved me to tears. I felt American pride for the first time in four years! Oh, I bet Anderson cooper was hysterical. LOL! ❤

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    1. Thanks so much, Kerfe. I love the neighborhood. Everyone is very friendly. Having good friends close by makes all the difference too. I must admit, I’m pretty exhausted! It feels good to settle in. ❤

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