We’re celebrating the 5th Birthday of #TankaTuesday! Join in and write some syllabic poetry!

It’s the fourth week of the month! Are you ready for a theme prompt? Eugi (Franci Hoffman) from last month’s challenge picked the theme:

This month’s theme is:

The Harvest Moon

On the Monday before the next challenge, I’ll select someone to choose next month’s theme.

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

Not sure how to write syllabic poetry? READ THIS FIRST: How to Start Crafting Syllabic Poetry

Tanka Tuesday Cheat Sheet





Word Craft: Prose & Poetry – The Art of Crafting Syllabic Poetry

Ready to Write?


  • Write a poem using a syllabic form of your choice found on the cheat sheet OR from the Poetscollective.org using the theme above. 
  • 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.

Follow the monthly schedule listed below:

I will visit your blog, comment, and TWEET your POETRY on @SyllabicPoetry 

If you add hashtags to the post TITLE on your blog (depending on which poetry form you use) we can find your poetry 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.


Now, have fun and write some syllabic poetry!

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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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  4. Congratulations on your milestone, auntie! (:
    Here’s my submission for the week – Winds of Love .

  5. Thanks, Colleen. I’ll see what I can come up with … the moon offers so many possibilities 🙂

  6. Hi Colleen, I’m back to the blog world, and I couldn’t be happier to have this theme to start writing my poems again! 🙂 I’ve already pre-order the moon of autumn, but the kindle, I didn’t find the hardcopy for it! 🙁

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  8. Happy Birthday to Tanka Tuesday! I’m working on a poem for the Harvest Moon! ❤️

  9. What fun! Thank you, Colleen. I hope you have a wonderful week. My poem is posted.

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  11. My poem is posted. First time I’ve written an Etheree. Thanks, Colleen, for your inspiration 🙂

  12. Perfect seasonal prompt. Big week, hope to hop on. <3

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  14. Happy 5th birthday to Poetry stars/ Colleen’s Tuesday Tanka !
    Here is my entry, I am afraid I did not follow the poetic rules 💜💜💜💜.


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  17. Here’s a combo I haven’t given a name to yet; Elfje and haiku mix:
    Soulful Mooning

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  23. Congratulations on the anniversary Colleen and I am sure there will be some wonderful creative interpretations of the theme…hugs ♥

  24. The party must go on with an outpour of beautiful verses!🎉🕯️🕯️🕯️🕯️🕯️🎂🎂

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  28. my ping back is right up there^ lol

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  30. Again, many Happy Wishes …. and what a lovely theme, naturally, being in the northern hemisphere – as we turn the tables and tides, slipping into Autumn.

    An interesting reading selection of all kinds of interesting poetic forms – cheers to all!

    here’s mine: (late to the party, but I like to simmer in my cauldron) : honey + cider :


  31. Wow. Five years? I have fond memories of this as a baby. 😉 Happy Birthday, Tanka Tuesday! 🥳🎉

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