It’s the fifth Tuesday of the month! This is our chance to work with a specific syllabic poetry form. But let’s do something different this time.

  • First, choose your favorite syllabic poetry form. Write your poem.
  • Next, give your poem some different characteristics to make it something different. You can change the syllable count, rhyme scheme (add or get rid of it), anything you want to create a new form. Write this poem.
  • Give your new syllabic poetry form a name.

My 3-5-3 haiku example:

keening winds—
summer rainstorm songs
flies cluster

I’m going to create a haiku (3-5-3) and a tanka (5-7-5-7-7 with an end rhyme of a, a, b, b, a) together and call it a tanku. Rhyme scheme (x, x, x, a, a, b, b, a). No title. I did a quick search… I didn’t find this form listed. Maybe it is an unlikely combination?

keening winds—
summer rainstorm songs
flies cluster
thunder scolds the sky
while cold pelting raindrops fly
snagging leaves from trees,
earth mother brought to her knees
storm's rage rises in July
© 2021 Colleen M. Chesebro

For Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge, use one of the forms from the Poetry Challenge Cheat Sheet for inspiration:

Tanka Tuesday Cheat Sheet

Here are some great 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.

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. This site does the hard work for you.

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  • Write a poem using a form of your choice from the cheat sheet. Follow my instructions above!
  • Post it on your blog.
  • Include a link back to the challenge in your post. (copy the URL: https:// address of this post into your post).
  • Copy your link into the Mr. Linky below (underlined with a hyperlink). You might have to delete your previous entry.
  • 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, #Solo-Renga, #Haibun, #Chōka, #Cinquain and it’s variations, #Etheree, #Nonet, #Shadorma, #Badger Hexastich, #Abhanga, & the optional forms: #Diatelle, #The Kerf

Now, have fun and create some new 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 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 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 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
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  1. ohhhhh! brains need rest zzzzz tomorrow will be fun

  2. Really cool. Going to start on this soon.

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  7. Hi Colleen, so I do have a soft spot for the shadorma and I don’t know why it feels intimate for me, then I absolutely enjoyed the introduction of the abhanga as it added a little more rhyme option to tanka Tuesday.

    Anyway I wrote an abhanga, then a shadorma, and then combined them into what I called;
    A SHABHANGA!! (Tadaaa!)😅
    Anyway here it is;
    I don’t really have a favorite form overall coz I prefer different ones for different themes and mix them up alot.

  8. Sounds fun, Colleen!

  9. Food for thought. (K)

  10. I really like “keening winds”!

  11. Oh, this seems like fun. I’m going to try to get to this! ❤️

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  13. Great fun Colleen… going to be some terrific creations I am sure…hugs♥


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  16. I present a “Sebunku” in Marked

    I like to play and combine different forms. I’ve been doing so for a very long time. 😀
    I just call them hybrids. 😉

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  23. Hi Colleen, I had so much fun creating a new form. Love the playful spirit of this week’s challenge. 🙂

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  25. I really enjoyed this Colleen. Of course I picked shadorma…(K)

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    Wonderful prompt, Colleen. Here’s my attempt at a Haiku Squared:

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  32. Thank you for this amazing challenge, Colleen. Loved it. 🙂

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