Welcome! I’ve got great news. I think it’s time we spread our poetry wings! From now on, you can write your syllabic poetry from one of the forms on the Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challenge Cheatsheet or from Poetscollective.org! That means you can write and create all different kinds of syllabic poetry for our challenges. If it’s got syllables to count, have fun! We’ll still use the prompts… but think of the possibilities! Be bold, be creative. Try new syllabic forms. Please share the form and how to write it on your post so we can all learn together.

While you’re here, please check out the authors & poets at the Tanka Tuesday Book Store. If you know of a book and or author to add to this list, let me know by email to tankatuesdaypoetry@gmail.com. ❤

It’s the second week of the month! Are you ready to choose some syllables to use in your syllabic poetry? TJS Sherman had the opportunity to choose synonyms this week. I didn’t hear from him, so sorry… you guys are stuck with me. No worries… I know how busy summer is and especially after Covid. Here are your two words:

Green & Morass

On the Monday recap, I’ll select someone to choose next month’s synonyms.

For this poetry challenge, you can write your poem in the forms defined on the cheat sheet:

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.


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.

I don't get it

The “new” RULES

  • Write a poem using a syllabic form of your choice found on the cheatsheet OR from the Poetscollective.org. It’s time for us to branch out! BE creative and try new forms. Make sure you follow the directions on how to write the form. It’s always fun to share how to write the write the form so we can all learn together. Remember… we are still working with syllabic poetry forms.
  • Post it on your blog.
  • Include a link back to the challenge in your post. (copy the URL, 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 monthly schedule listed below:

Don't forget

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 social media

Search #TankaTuesday to find the tweets! Add a # to the name of the form you created in the title of your post.


The Word Weaving Poetry Journal is accepting entries of syllabic poetry. Learn more HERE. Submissions close Thursday, July 15, 2021.

Now, have fun and write some poetry!


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