#TANKA TUESDAY #POETRY STARS – Specific Form: Create Your Own Syllabic Poetry Form

Welcome to our weekly poetry stars celebration. 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.

Use our normal forms: haiku, senryu, haiga, tanka, gogyohka, haibun, tanka prose, renga, solo renga, chōka, cinquain, and its variations, Etheree, nonet, shadorma, Badger hexastich, Abhanga, diatelle, & the Kerf poetry. The optional form instructions are here.

In Japanese syllabic poetry, there is no capitalization on the first word in each line of your poem. Most of the American forms do not use capitalization either. Why? Syllabic poetry is written in breathy phrases, not sentences.

Many thanks to everyone who joined in below:

1.Padre9.sangeetha17.D. L. Finn
2.Reena Saxena10.ladyleemanila18.Gwen Plano
3.Jude11.anita dawes19.Sally Cronin
4.Cheryl12.Elizabeth20.Annette Rochelle Aben
5.willowdot2113.Laura McHarrie21.kittysverses
6.Jules14.Kerfe Roig22.
7.Susan Joy Clark15.Eugenia  
8.Ruth Klein16.theindieshe  

I loved all the wonderful poetry creations. If you haven’t had a chance to read everyone’s poetry, please take some time and enjoy the creativity. This was a fun exercise. It just goes to show how easy it is to create syllabic poetry forms from our usual forms. If your creativity needs a boost, create away!

The photo below was my view this morning. I’ve been dog sitting for Dustin and Molly, our adopted Air Force kids, while they attended a family reunion up north.

Don’t forget to connect with the Word Craft Journal of Syllabic Verse at wordweavingpoetryjournal.com. Submissions are open until July 15, 2021. I hope you will consider contributing. Please follow Word Weaving on Twitter @word_weaving.

I hope everyone had a happy and safe Fourth of July!

See you tomorrow for the new challenge!


  1. What a beautiful view to wake up to and a lovely visitor. I enjoyed playing with our poetry last week and from the amazing entries it looks like everyone else did too. Hope you had a good independence day yesterday.😊💜

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