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This week, SALLY CRONIN selected the words:

Eager & Hope

Remember… You must use synonyms for these two words in your poem, don’t use the words themselves. Check your poetry forms… Japanese poetry has rules. Review the cheat sheet below. <3

For the Tanka Tuesday 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. Don’t forget the Diatelle, which is an optional form found here.
  • 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, #Diatelle

Now, have fun and write some syllabic 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. Gwen M. Plano

    Thank you for another great challenge, Colleen. Here’s my attempt: https://www.gwenplano.com/blog-reflections/last-night-a-tanka-poem


  5. I am excited about try the Sedoka Colleen 💜💜

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  8. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord Blog Magazine and commented:
    It is Tuesday and time to get your syllables in a row with Colleen Chesebro’s Weekly Tanka Challenge.. this week I was honoured to select the two prompt words..Eager and Hope.. and you just need to find synonyms to include in your poem…I hope you will participate.. it is great fun and inspires creativity.

  9. Gosh that month went quickly Colleen.. honoured to be selecting the prompt words…will get on with my poem..hugs ♥

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  11. Scheduled for Thursday, Sis. I’ll come back to share the linky <3

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  13. Three prompts in one solo renga: imagery for the future?

    • Oh, boy! I did a deep dive on renga for my new Word Craft book! You’re going to love it! I didn’t know when we write them they should be circular with the seasons! I’ve been jumping around. 🤦🏼‍♀️💕

      • So we can change the order… Add lines to make it work as needed. That shouldn’t be too difficult between us 😉

        Some renga I’ve read between teacher and students have lasted for pages!

        • Yes! Either 18 stanzas or 36 is normal. It’s really a lovely form. I’m so glad we can write this together. I wish I could get more poets involved in the form. I guess we could do one where people write their portion in the comments. 💚☘️

  14. Love Sally’s inspirational words <3 xx

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  17. Thank you for providing useful links, Colleen. Sorry, another delay on my site. I hope you are well, and stay save! Best wishes, Michael

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  19. *gasp* so the theme changes weekly. Oh, my! and the link to access Mr. Linky changes as well. I got ya.
    When I posted my #synonymonly ‘Dreams’ poem I thought I was doing so for the second week. Silly me.
    Um, I did publish it early– in the wee hours of Tuesday (for me). Now I know. For next time, I’ll wait for you in the Reader to know the theme for the week. Newbie mistake. haha.
    BTW, Does the list on Mr. Linky cumulate for a month, or is it a different list weekly? Presently, I posted last. It still shows me as last. Hmm. I’m a bit confused about this.
    All this is nutrition for my brain– I can already feel it expanding. *wink* Thanks, dearly. Be well, Colleen.

    • The Mr. Linky links are published every Monday on a recap post from the previous week. The post is called the Tanka Tuesday Poetry Stars. Yes, there is a new challenge every week with different rules. That way it keeps things interesting. 🥰😍❤️

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  27. Thanks for the challenge, Colleen. Enjoyed writing this one, trying Diatelle for the first time.
    Thank you all for stopping by and reading.

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  29. Happy Friday, Sis! Spring is right around the corner. I hope things are warming up in your neck of the woods. 😉 Have a delightful day and weekend! <3

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  32. Eager hope I await you to bless my brain with a Haiku or Tanka. 🙂 Coming soon!

  33. Not sure why my ping backs don’t work. I’ll investigate. But I wrote a tanka this week. Mr Linky is holding it! 😉

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  36. What a week – its been an absolute mission – have added my Tanka to Mr Linky and link to my post for ping back. Hope all well. I am hoping I have done a better job sticking to the rules this time – please let me know if I can improve it

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  39. Great fun, Colleen. I loved playing along. You got a ton of responses. I’m off to read them. 🙂

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  41. Wonderful words Colleen! Have a lovely Sunday.

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