#TankaTuesday Weekly #Poetry Challenge No. 243, #SynonymsOnly


Are you ready to choose some syllables to use in your syllabic poetry this week? Ruth, from RuthKlein’s Scribbles, selected your two words:

Family & Peace

On the Monday recap, I’ll select someone to choose next month’s theme. For this poetry challenge, you can write your poem in the forms defined on the cheatsheet OR from the forms found on Poetscollective.org.

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.


Write a poem by finding synonyms for the two words above. Don’t use the two words! You can craft a syllabic form of your choice found on the cheatsheet OR from 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. Don’t forget to tell us what form you chose.

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 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 form you wrote in the title.

Jules and I are excited to share the cover of the First Edition of Word Weaving, a Word Craft Journal of Syllabic Verse. The Kindle copy will be available for preorder on September 1, 2021, for delivery on October 1st, 2021. The print edition will release October 1, 2021. The proceeds from this journal will go to fund a Poetry Contest on Word Craft: Prose & Poetry to be announced at a later date. PRE-ORDER HERE.

Stay in touch! Follow Word Weaving on Twitter @word_weaving.

Now, have fun and write some poetry!

Published by Colleen M. Chesebro

An avid reader, Colleen M. Chesebro rekindled her love of writing poetry after years spent working in the accounting industry. These days, she loves crafting syllabic poetry, flash fiction, and creative fiction and nonfiction. In addition to poetry books, Chesebro’s publishing career includes participation in various anthologies featuring short stories, flash fiction, and poetry. She’s an avid supporter of her writing community on Word Craft Poetry.com by organizing and sponsoring a weekly syllabic poetry challenge, called #TankaTuesday, where participants experiment with traditional and current forms of Japanese and American syllabic poetry. Chesebro is an assistant editor of The Congress of the Rough Writers Flash Fiction Anthology & Gitty Up Press, a micro-press founded by Charli Mills and Carrot Ranch. In January 2022, Colleen founded Unicorn Cats Publishing Services to assist poets and authors in creating eBooks and print books for publication. In addition, she creates affordable book covers for Kindle and print books. Chesebro lives in the house of her dreams in mid-Michigan surrounded by the Great Lakes with her husband and two (unicorn) cats, Chloe & Sophie.

61 thoughts on “#TankaTuesday Weekly #Poetry Challenge No. 243, #SynonymsOnly

  1. could you help me publish my poems? i have illustrations to go with the poems and a jacket design probability.

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  2. Ok so I have never created links or ping backs. Honestly I am new to all of this. I don’t even know all the forms to poetry. But I like to write and was hoping to submit one. If someone has the time and patience I would love the help. Thank you either way.

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    1. I’m happy to have you in the challenge. Here is a link to the poetry forms: https://wordcraftpoetry.com/tanka-tuesday-poetry-cheat-sheet-for-tanka-tuesday-poetry-challenges/. You can use the link to the syllable counter on the challenge post called: https://www.sodacoffee.com/syllables/ to count your syllables. I wrote a post for folks new to writing syllabic poetry: https://wordcraftpoetry.com/2021/09/05/how-to-start-crafting-syllabic-poetry/. To do a link back, you copy the https:// address of my challenge post and put that in your post. When you publish your post, it will link back to the comments on the challenge post. Within the challenge post, there is Mr. Linky. You add the https:// address of your published post there. I use that to grab the links to everyone’s poetry for the recap on Monday. Do the best you can. If you need more help email me at tankatuesdaypoetry@gmail.com. ❤


      1. I copied your link into my post but it’s not taking me to the comments. Just to your sight. I’m so sorry to keep bothering you.


        1. You have to go to the comments yourself. When the link shows up, I approve it. Mr. Linky is within the post. Look for the pointing finger. No worries. We all had to learn this at one time or another. ❤


          1. I think maybe I did it right. Lol but I believe I may have been to impatient and submitted my link twice. I thought I did something wrong. Thank you so much for your help.

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                  1. I’m going to bug you one last time though. About something different. I think my to raw I guess would be right. Can I email you something that I just wrote and would you mind showing me how I can refine my work?

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  3. Thank you for the information, Colleen! Its always a great pleasure to read the different contributions to the weekly challenges. Everyone unique, and also fantastic. Thanks for the challenge, and have a nice weekend! xx Michael

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