You guys have been killing it in the poetry department!! It’s the first of the month and you know what that means! Word Crafters, choose your own poetry form, theme, words, images, etc. It’s up to you! On the first of the month, you can now experiment with prose poetry, if you wish.

Are you looking for inspiration for your syllabic or prose poetry? Find an image on Pixabay.com or experiment with “found poetry” to find some inspiration. Another option is to try some magnetic poetry from the poetry Oracle.

Don’t forget to check out the Poet’s Collective where you will find an index of Syllabic Poetry Forms. Check it out!

This challenge is NOW a true poet’s choice! Use any poetry form that you’d like including free-style or prose poetry. If your form is something new, teach us how to write it. Have fun!

View Cheat sheet for syllabic poetry forms

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

synonyms.com This site even has a link so you can install the extension on Google Chrome.

thesaurus.com For Synonyms and Antonyms. When your word has too many syllables, find one that works.

https://www.sodacoffee.com/syllables Find out how many syllables each word has. I use this site to compose my poems. 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.

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*Write a poem using any form you’d like (This includes prose or free verse poetry). However, you must follow the rules of the form you use.

*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.

See the URL in the browser image below. This is what the URL of your post will look like after you published your poem. Cut and paste that address into Mr. Linky below:

Follow the schedule listed below:

I will visit your blog, comment, and TWEET your POETRY. 

Now, have fun and write some poetry!


  1. Hi Colleen, I was looking at the abhanga in the cheatsheet and I don’t quite understand the x, a, a, x where x is unrhymed. Is it rhymed in meaning but not sound? It always confuses me.

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    1. Jude, it means the second and third stanza’s rhyme, the first and fourth are totally different. For some reason the x does seem confusing. It looks sort of like an algebra problem. 🤣 I like a b b c.
      blah blah car
      blah blah gain
      blah blah pain
      blah blah box

      Hope you don’t find that I answered!

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    1. I think it’s a fun way to play with words and besides, I think you and Jane are rubbing off on me! 😂 It’s still fun to add your syllabic poem somewhere within your prose poem. It’s so versatile! ❤️

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  2. Hi Colleen, it’s been an awful day. But I wanted to get my poem out there, it’s an old one I never got right! I have worked on it and I think it’s right now. 💜

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  3. […] Author’s Notes: I know they’ve been around every summer since I’ve been alive but it’s only the last couple of years I’ve paid enough attention to fall in love with this wonderfully, loud, summer creature.The above poem is written in a form called Haibun. Haibun, is a prosimetric literary form originating in Japan, combining prose and haiku/senryu/tanka. The range of haibun is broad and frequently includes autobiography, diary, essay, prose poem, short story, and travel journal.  Learn more about various poetry styles here.Instead of the traditional haiku, etc following my prose, I’ve taken the liberty to end with a abhanga. An abhanga is a devotional or reflective poetry form employing a 6-6-6-4 syllabic pattern and x-a-a-x, where x does not rhyme.Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challenges are an opportunity for students of poetry to explore different styles and to connect with other poets from around the world.  It’s the first Tuesday of the month which means poet’s choice. […]

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