Chloe & Sophie come home today! Let’s celebrate the first of the month!

Happy April! It’s the first of the month and you know what that means! Word Crafters, choose your own syllabic poetry form, theme, words, images, etc. It’s up to you! This opportunity only happens once a month!


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!

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 impressive 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.

https://www.sodacoffee.com/syllables 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. NOTE: the site address has changed. I created an account for easy access.

How Many Syllables.com Counts your syllables and helps you find rhyming words too!

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*Write a syllabic poem of your choice. If you write a “seventeen-syllable poem” add that to your post. No need to call it a haiku or senryu unless you are writing the English forms.

*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 published 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:

Follow the schedule listed 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, #Badgerhexastich, #Abhanga, #SyllabicPoetry, #Diatelle, #Seventeen-SyllablePoem

Now, have fun and write some poetry!

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.


      1. I did see an earlier post of the two of them. yes, a bit of socialization does help – we have had a few “wild cats” come in that eventually became very affectionate.

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        1. I was so impressed with the Constellation Cat Cafe. The Cafe part is closed due to Covid, but they actually have times set aside that you can book to visit with all the cats. We were thrilled to find these two already bonded. Two cats are always happier than just one. ❤

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          1. In ways house cats are lone animals, but you are right, they do better when there is a “brother” or “sister” to play with, cuddle and just hang out with.

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  1. Hey, Colleen. Happy Tuesday. And again, thanks for giving me a place where I can practice. Well, I struggled today, but in the end, the poem prevailed. This one doesn’t fit any of the syllabic forms you mentioned, so to keep us counting syllables I made the abecedarian a metered 13-syllable lined poem (is this repetitive? It feels so. Forgive). Hope I’m not too far gone. On day 6 of the month, I’m feeling a bit tired.
    Anyhoo, I’ll keep going. Loving the company.
    How are you? And How are the new additions to the family? One big happy family, I bet. Be well. I wish you miracles.

    Oh, the link: https://selmamartin.com/ah-zenned-napowrimo-syllabicpoetry/

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  2. Thank you for the inspiration and the nudge, Colleen, always appreciated. 💗 I’ve added my haiku to the list.

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