Welcome to our weekly poetry stars celebration. This week’s challenge was Poet’s Choice, where poets could create an Abhanga poem or a syllabic poem of their choice. If the poetry form they chose was something new, I asked them to teach us how to write the form.

Many thanks to everyone who joined in below:

1.Ritu Bhathal12.Cheryl23.Donna Matthews
2.Padre13.Zander24.Vashti Quiroz- Vega
3.s. s.14.Goutam Dutta25.Kerfe Roig
4.Dave Madden15.ladyleemanila26.Ken Gierke / rivrvlogr
5.Jules16.Sue Vincent27.Ruth
6.willowdot2117.Jude28.M J Mallon
7.willowdot2118.anita dawes29.Sally Cronin
8.Trent McDonald19.theindieshe30.Merril D. Smith
9.Annette Rochelle Aben20.D. L. Finn
10.Laura McHarrie21.Pat  
11.Jules #222.Pat  

I’m so proud of all your poetry! It seems the Abhanga form resonated with all of us. This form works well as a stand along or in a series or sequence. Here are a few that caught my attention with exceptional poetry:





s. s.


Merril D. Smith

There were other notable poetry forms as well:

Sally Cronin shared a garland cinquain that will make you smile.

Lady Lee Manila shared a new form called the Trijan Refrain, created by Jan Turner, consists of three 9-line stanzas, for a total of 27 lines. Line 1 is the same in all three stanzas, although a variation of the form is not to repeat the same line at the beginning of each stanza. In other words, the beginning line of each stanza can be different. The first four syllables of line 5 in each stanza are repeated as the double-refrain for lines 7 and 8. The Trijan Refrain is a rhyming poem with a set meter and rhyme scheme as follows:

Rhyme scheme: a/b/a/b/c/c/d,d refrain of first 4 words of line five /c

Meter: 8/6/8/6/8/8/4,4 refrain/8

This is a hard form, which she wrote beautifully.

In Other News…

Starting this week, we’ll revert back to our schedule from last year, and I’ll continue to select a poet to choose the different challenge themes. I’ll share the two words tomorrow to get us going.

If you’re selected and don’t want to take part, please let me know. You can email your words, photos, or theme choices to me at tankatuesdaypoetry@gmail.com at least a week before that challenge date.

I’m excited to be a guest host at the Saddle Up Saloon on carrotranch.com every third Monday, where I will feature a monthly Double Ennead syllabic poetry challenge. I hope you will stop by and join in the fun. The first challenge is February 15th! I’ll share the post on Word Craft, so everyone can find the link.

I created the Double Ennead for Carrot Ranch. The word Ennead means nine, and a double nine is ninety-nine! Carrot Ranch is famous for 99-word flash fiction. Now, the ranch has its own syllabic poetry form written in 99 syllables! The Double Ennead comprises five lines with a syllable count of 6/5/11/6/5, (33 SYLLABLES per stanza) 3 STANZAS EACH = 99 SYLLABLES, NO MORE, NO LESS!

I’d like to compile a page with links to poetry contests, challenges, and other literary endeavors. If you know of any poetic events, please email me the link. I’ll create a widget for easy use so we can all the links.

Have you published a book of poetry? If so, I’d love to add your book to the Tanka Tuesday Book Store. If you’re looking for a gift, perhaps you’ll consider shopping the books written by poets you know.

The last bit of news is that I’ve created a new feature on Word Craft called, Meet the Poet. This interview spot will only be open to poets who take part in the weekly syllabic poetry challenge. I think it’s time we all get to know each other better.

I’ll ask you to answer some questions and for you to provide a photo, a biography, and links to any books you’ve published or published poetry in literary journals or other sources. I’ll post more about that later. Remember, you must be active in our weekly challenge to take part.

See you tomorrow for the new challenge!

Published by Colleen M. Chesebro

An avid reader, Colleen M. Chesebro rekindled her love of writing poetry after years spent working in the accounting industry. These days, she loves crafting syllabic poetry, flash fiction, and creative fiction and nonfiction. In addition to poetry books, Chesebro’s publishing career includes participation in various anthologies featuring short stories, flash fiction, and poetry. She’s an avid supporter of her writing community on Word Craft Poetry.com by organizing and sponsoring a weekly syllabic poetry challenge, called #TankaTuesday, where participants experiment with traditional and current forms of Japanese and American syllabic poetry. Chesebro is an assistant editor of The Congress of the Rough Writers Flash Fiction Anthology & Gitty Up Press, a micro-press founded by Charli Mills and Carrot Ranch. In January 2022, Colleen founded Unicorn Cats Publishing Services to assist poets and authors in creating eBooks and print books for publication. In addition, she creates affordable book covers for Kindle and print books. Chesebro lives in the house of her dreams in mid-Michigan surrounded by the Great Lakes with her husband and two (unicorn) cats, Chloe & Sophie.

31 thoughts on “TANKA TUESDAY POETRY CHALLENGE STARS | #PoetsChoice or Abhanga

  1. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord Blog Magazine and commented:
    Colleen Chesebro shares the links to the poetry written in response to last week’s poet choice challenge. Always a wonderfully diverse look at life .. If you have not participated in Colleen’s challenge before, then this is a chance to explore her site and find out more. This week’s challenge will be announced tomorrow. Head over to enjoy.

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      1. You didn’t!🥰 Did you really? Wow that just made the rest of my week.
        I always try to add depth, in my own subtle ways🧡
        Thank you Colleen

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  2. Thank you for this great challenge, Colleen! It a great pleasure to read the participant’s great art, and getting new inspiration. Btw: As i cant remember wishing you a Happy New Year, let me do this now. I apologize and sending blessings too. Michael

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      1. Thank you very much, Colleen! Its wonderful to read all the unique and fantastic responses to your challenges. Even i am myself stuck in the metrics again. Lets look for this Abhanga. Sounds very interesting! Have a beautiful week! Michael

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              1. I have to thank you for your great kindness, and a lot of knowledge on metrics too, Colleen! Enjoy your week, and please stay save. Here we are now dealing with a lot of virus strains. Michael

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                1. We’re finally moved in to our new house in Michigan. We stay in most of the time except for groceries. The different strains are here, too. It’s scary everywhere. You take care, as well. ❤


  3. A great response, Colleen. I have some reading to do! And lots of info here. I’m glad you’re participating in Carrot Ranch. I can’t wait to read all the entries. Happy Writing!

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    1. Thanks so much, Diana. I’m playing catch up for sure. I have a ton of book reviews to complete. I will have to do one MEGA post to catch up. I love the energy at Carrot Ranch. The 99 syllable poems will be fun. I hope to see you there. ❤

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