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It’s the third week of the month! Time for an Ekphrastic #PhotoPrompt

This challenge explores Ekphrastic writing inspired by visual art and/or photographs. Anita Dawes from last month’s challenge has provided the photo for this month’s challenge:

Image by mollyroselee from Pixabay

For the Tanka Tuesday Photo Challenge, write your poem in the forms defined on the Poetry Challenge Cheat-sheet (click the link below):

Here are some sites that will help you write your poetry and count syllables:


A simple yet powerful syllable counter for poems and text which will count the total number of syllables and the number of syllable per line for poems like haikus, limericks, and more.


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.

How Many Syllables

This site counts syllables and helps you find words that rhyme.

I don't get it


  • 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.

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, #Solo-Renga, #micropoetry, #poetry, #5lines, #Haibun, #Prose, #CinquainPoetry, #Etheree, #Nonet, #Shadorma, #Badger Hexastich, #Abhanga, #Diatelle

So, Word Crafters… who wants to 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. Love the image.

  2. Gorgeous photo, Sis!
    I’m taking a little down time, blog wise so.might not be with you for a little while, but when life settles, I’ll be back. (Don’t worry, I know I need to email you words!)


  4. I like the image, but I’m a bit overwhelmed this month. 😏

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  7. An interesting picture that Anita chose! With Earthday around the corner, I but you can guess which direction I took it 😉 https://trentsworld.blog/2021/04/20/of-abandoned-barns-and-broken-buses-nonet-doublenonet-ekphrastic/ I hope you enjoy.

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  10. Posted mine, Colleen. That is one powerful picture I must say. Good pick.

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  12. I’m always getting carried away. I got carried away catching up…
    Unsteady Homesteaders?

  13. Powerful image! Thank you, Anita. And, thank you, Colleen, for the nudges to keep trying. I’ve posted my blog link on your site. 😊

  14. Lovely picture, Colleen.

  15. Anita has certainly selected a thought provoking image… thanks Colleen and will see what I can do… hugs ♥


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  19. Hi Colleen,

    A pretty awesome image, good choice. You may have noticed on the linky I misspelled my name, short as it is🙂. My finger slipped, if you can correct it, please do for me. thanks.


  20. Hi Colleen,

    A pretty awesome image, good choice. You may have noticed on the linky I misspelled my name, short as it is🙂. My finger slipped, if you can correct it, please do for me. thanks.


  21. Lovely image Colleen. Thanks for the inspiration. I’ve posted my link.

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