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

This challenge explores Ekphrastic writing inspired by visual art (photographs). Annette Rochelle Aben from last month’s challenge has provided the photo for this month’s challenge. Remember, it’s not so much about describing what’s in the photo. Look beyond the obvious to find new meaning.

Image Credit: Annette Rochelle Aben

For the Tanka Tuesday Challenge, write your poem in the forms defined on the Poetry Challenge Cheatsheet (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.

I don't get it


  • 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 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 social media:

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

So, Word Crafters… who wants to have fun and write some syllabic poetry?


  1. I have a question about syllables and the counter on sodacoffee.com. Several times I want to use a word that is definitely pronounced with a different count that in shows. A regional thing? Sloppy speech? In those cases, what would you do? Would you go by the counter, or what is actually said? The “rules” for breaking a word into syllables are not always how we “real” people say some words!

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    1. For the Tanka Tuesday challenge, I don’t count your syllables. I leave that up to you. However, you should get in the practice of using a syllable counter, especially if you are submitting to poetry journals. For my Word Weaving Journal we decided to only use SodaCoffee/Syllables so that we had everyone’s poetry uniform for syllable count. If you use How Many Syllables.com you will often get a different count. Everyone has dialects in speech that can affect syllable count. Using a uniform syllable count just makes it easier. I don’t want to hinder creativity, but syllabic poetry is all about the syllables. I hope this helps you out. ❤


      1. Thank you. I do like my results on How Many Syllables! Still, it’s the only one I found agreeing with me. The word in question was “vomited.”

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        1. I’ve found that How Many Syllables is not as accurate as sodacoffee/syllables.com. We also stopped using it (I forgot to mention this) after it was hacked last year. I see it is up and running again. Do what you think is right as far as your syllable count for this challenge. I’m thrilled your counting syllables! LOL! ❤


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