#TankaTuesday #Poetry Stars No. 243 | Synonyms Only: “Family & Peace”

Welcome to our weekly poetry stars’ celebration. Many thanks to Ruth Klein’s Scribbles for choosing the words this week. This week’s challenge was to choose synonyms for the words, “family & peace,” using one of these 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, and any of the syllabic forms from the Poetscollective.org.

Many thanks to everyone who joined in below:

1.ladyleemanila7.Gwen Plano13.D.G. Kaye
4.Annette Rochelle Aben10.Kevin Harp16.Sally Cronin
5.Cheryl11.Frank J. Tassone17.Jane Aguiar
6.Ruth Klein12.anita dawes 18. YOU’RE NEXT

Wow! There was so much great poetry this week using synonyms for the words, family and peace. Plenty of new forms to try, as well!

I especially liked the words quietude and blended brood from Annette Rochelle Aben’s Abhanga poem. Ruth Klein used kinfolk, genetics, and truce. These are only some examples. You’ll want to read the other poems to see how creative synonyms can be.

Why do we choose synonyms for the words? Because it forces us to select words with a deeper meaning. When we write syllabic poetry, we want to convey our message so that we connect with our readers. If we’d only used the words family and peace, we would all have poetry that sounded the same, with the same meaning. It’s a great way to spice up your poetry.

This week, I chose Willow Willers to choose the words for next month’s #SynonymsOnly challenge. I especially like the message in her Etheree this week. Although Etheree poems are not meant to rhyme, sometimes the words just come out of us that way.

and bemoan
the shortcomings
of extended clans
while calming the waters
others raise fires with their fans.
will things come to a bloody pass?
or tranquility encompass us?
and so relations we will be, war free

© Willow Willers

This week, I’ve asked Willow Willers to choose the prompt for next month’s challenge. Please email your words to me at least a week before the challenge to tankatuesdaypoetry@gmail.com. Thanks.

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. Click HERE to preorder.

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About Colleen Chesebro: WordCraftPoetry

Colleen M. Chesebro is a Michigan Poet who loves crafting syllabic poetry, flash fiction, and creative fiction and nonfiction. Colleen sponsors a weekly syllabic poetry challenge, called #TankaTuesday, on wordcraftpoetry.com where participants learn how to write traditional and current forms of syllabic poetry. A published author, Colleen is also an editor of “Word Weaving, a Word Craft Journal of Syllabic Verse, also found on wordcraftpoetry.com. Colleen’s mission is to bring the craft of writing syllabic poetry to anyone who thinks they can’t be a poet. Recently, she created the Double Ennead, a 99-syllable poetry form for the Carrot Ranch literary community at carrotranch.com. Colleen’s poetry has appeared in various anthologies and journals including “Hedgerow-a journal of small poems,” and “Poetry Treasures1 & 2” a collection of poetry from the poet/author guests of Robbie Cheadle on the “Treasuring Poetry” blog series on “Writing to be Read." Colleen published “Word Craft: Prose & Poetry, The Art of Crafting Syllabic Poetry,” which illustrates how to write various syllabic poetry forms used in her Tanka Tuesday challenges; and a collection of poetry, flash fiction, and short stories called, “Fairies, Myths & Magic: A Summer Celebration,” dedicated to the Summer Solstice. She contributed a short story called “The Changeling,” in the “Ghostly Rites Anthology 2020,” published by Plaisted Publishing House. Find Colleen at Word Craft: Prose & Poetry at wordcraftpoetry.com.
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  1. Yay! Congrats, Willow!

  2. Thank you for choosing my Etheree Colleen, family life can be stormy or calm , Ruth chose her words well.
    As ever the entrees were so varied and interesting . We can all learn from eachother. 💜

  3. Congratulations to Willow that is a stunning etheree…thanks Colleen another outstanding week..hugsx♥

  4. Wonderful poem from Willow–it flows beautifully. (K)

  5. Congrats to Willow on her beautiful Etheree! ❤️

  6. I don’t know where my mind was—not using synonyms 😵‍💫😳😵‍💫

    Sent from my iPhone


  7. Wonderful poem from Willow. Such a nice rhythm and flow.

  8. Sounds like fun! Congrats to Willow and her beautiful poem <3

  9. Congratulations Willow! Your thoughts are fabulous.
    Im late but I wrote anyway. Thank you Colleen


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