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!

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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. D.L. Finn, Author

    Happy to hear you are getting settled, Colleen:) I’m ready for a challenge! Xo

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  3. Hi, Colleen! I’m glad the move went well. Welcome back!

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  5. Welcome back! Glad you made it up to MI! I hope you enjoy the new home. I did a haiku, maybe, though it might be a senryu. https://trentsworldblog.wordpress.com/2021/01/19/beware-haiku-or-senryu/

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  9. I posted two verses; yours is a tricube; the second piece 🙂
    all hands united and great blue heron

  10. Posted my linky, but it is scheduled for Thursday Morning <3

  11. Welcome back and I’m glad you’re in your new home! 💖

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  14. 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.

  15. Hi, Colleen! I’m glad to hear your move went well and you’re settling into your new home. I wrote myself a little tanka last night as a matter of fact.

  16. 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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  21. so glad the move went well, Colleen. And remember, all the work that needs doing will only make it your special place…

  22. Hi Colleen, it’s great to have you back, I hope you’re all settled in.
    You might enjoy these cinquains, and the Shadorma at the beginning.

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  24. It’s so good to hear that you are settling into your new abode, Colleen. What a relief that must be! I hope you can stay warm during the current in the Midwest. It’s been freezing in our area. Here’s my tanka contribution: https://www.gwenplano.com/blog-reflections/a-call-for-hope 💗

  25. Glad you’re getting settled, Colleen. Enjoy your new home. I hope to play along soon. Enjoy this amazing inauguration day, my friend. 🙂

    • Thanks so much, Diana. What an amazing day! Amanda Gorman brought me to tears! What an inspiration! Happy day! ❤️❤️❤️

      • 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.

        • 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! <3

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  27. Welcome back Sis. And welcome to the east. <3 xxx

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  30. Hi Colleen,
    Happy moving in.
    Thanks for the challenge, I did a Double Etheree this week.

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  33. Hi, Sis! Welcome back! I hope you’re settling in well in your new home and 2021 has treated you good. Thanks for another fabulous challenge. Have a awesome Friday and weekend! Stay warm and healthy! <3 xo

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  35. So glad you’re back, Colleen. We supposed to be getting snow in about a half hour. I’m not staying up for it. Meanwhile, I’m glad to be back to writing poetry. Here’s my poet’s choice https://tchistorygal.net/2021/01/22/becky-bs-square-upsidaisy-street-shot-twosomes/.

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  37. I’m glad you made it! Take your time settling in. (K)

    • 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. <3

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  39. Ack. I missed the deadline. I thought it was Monday (for some reason.)

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