This week, Word Crafters, I selected the words to get us going. These words are opposites with many synonym possibilities:

Loose & Tight

For Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge, you can write your poem in the forms defined on the Poetry Challenge Cheat sheet below:

View Cheatsheet

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.


This site does the hard work for you. It’s up and working again.

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  • Write a poem using one of these forms: Haiku, Senryu, Haiga, Tanka, Gogyohka, Haibun, Tanka Prose, Cinquain, and its variations, Etheree, Nonet, Shadorma, Badger Hexastich (hexastich for short), and Abhanga.
  • 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, #SoloRenga, #micropoetry, #poetry, #5lines, #Haibun, #Prose, #CinquainPoetry, #Etheree, #Nonet, #Shadorma, #Badger Hexastich, Abhanga

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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  3. Hi Colleen! Like last week, I decided to use another recently re-Earthed drawing for inspiration 🙂 Here is my tanka: https://trentsworld.blog/2021/02/09/still-and-moving-life-tanka/ Hope you enjoy!

  4. Written and scheduled… but I did the same thing as last week and added a scheduled link. I am sorry, Sis! I remembered after I submitted!


    Sorry <3


  6. Hi Colleen, how are you doing? Are you all settled in now? I just did a Tanka this week but boy does it resonate with me right now!
    Sending hugs to you and everyone.

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  10. Great Colleen…. will see what I can come up with…♥

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  16. Hi Colleen,
    Thanks for the challenge. This time I’ve made use of Badger Hexastitch and Abhanga syllable forms of poetry. Hope you enjoy!

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  18. My pants were once loose,
    now they’re tight.
    LOL <3

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  20. Hi Colleen, I’m undertaking a huge syllabic experiment for this week’s prompt. I’m going to devote my entire evening today. I’ll be putting it up tomorrow, so just thought I’d wet your appetite

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  22. Hello, Colleen. I’m new to your blog. I linked mine just now and in here too: https://wordpress.com/post/naturewhispering.wordpress.com/6386
    Thank you.

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  26. Hey Colleen, a combination of many syllabic poems forming one whole;

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  29. Happy Friday, Sis! I hope you’re having a fabulous day so far. Thank you for another fun challenge! <3 xo

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  31. I tried TankaProse I think the link is just above^

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  35. I’ve used the abhanga form again. I think it works best with internal rhymes, bu they are not easy to do. (K)

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