#TankaTuesday Weekly #Poetry Challenge No. 251, #SynonymsOnly or #TasteTheRainbow


Are you ready to choose some syllables to use in your poetry? Pat, (WildChild47) from last month’s challenge choose the two words for this month. Her blogs have since been deleted… I’m not sure what happened. But this gave me the opportunity to try something new!

TASTE the Rainbow!

Image by Gordon Johnson from Pixabay

Write a butterfly cinquain (2-4-6-8-2-8-6-4-2) and include a color. Remember, colors can be a metaphor for feelings such as someone’s blue when they are sad. Sometimes when we mention a particular flower’s name, it brings the color of the flower to mind. The butterfly cinquain below is a rainbow of flower colors with only one color mentioned. Colors are a great way to show vivid imagery in your poetry.

"The Happiness of Flowers" 

red daylilies,
lily of the valley,
lavender, and delphinium—
that bring joyfulness to my heart
tending the soil with love,
rainfall awards
new growth

© Colleen M. Chesebro


Use the two words below:

Crinkle & Peddle

For the synonyms only poetry challenge, if you write your poem using synonyms, write your poem in the forms defined on the cheat sheet OR from the forms found on Poetscollective.org.

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


Write a butterfly cinquain poem using a color. If you choose synonyms for crinkle & peddle, write a syllabic form of your choice found on the cheat sheet OR from Poetscollective.org. Remember, you can’t use the two words. Instead, find synonyms for those words and incorporate them into your poetry.

*USE sodacoffee.com/syllables to count your syllables. That way, we are all using the same syllable counter.

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 November & December 2021 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.


I’ve done the work of researching these syllabic forms for you. Word Craft: Prose & Poetry is available as an Ebook and a Print book. mybook.to/WordCraftProsePoetry Let’s write syllabic poetry together! ❤

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.

78 thoughts on “#TankaTuesday Weekly #Poetry Challenge No. 251, #SynonymsOnly or #TasteTheRainbow

  1. This is just a quick note: I’m here! I’m here!
    Thank you to everyone concerned – I’ve been having problems with my computer, internet connection and WP. Things have been really glitchy (so disheartening) and every time I “worked” something out – some other weird gremlin would rear its head. I can’t always even comment! This is a bit of an ongoing thing – months back I had even worse issues with my blogger account – so maybe it’s the universe’s way of telling me to “lay low” … or mercury is having a ripe time with me. 😂😌😂

    I do apologize Colleen for not emailing you to let you know – there are other things “off’ in my personal life that have me scrambling too. At any rate, I do apologize. But, on a positive note: at least you have the chance to offer up a new challenge! It’s really wonderful and dynamic, exciting. So kudos to the “new” and how well it’s being received.

    Once again, thanks to everyone for sharing your concerns and thoughts – and everyone should be well pleased and chuffed to have options this week. I’ll pop back in later on and hopefully will be able to read and comment etc. – regardless of which options/choices people made. It’s all good in the word craft practice. 😊

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    1. Whew! I’m so happy to hear from you Pat. We didn’t know what happened to you. We’ve all had our share of issues with WP and Amazon gremlins… I can tell you! Just happy to know you are o.k. I hope to see you soon. It’s says your blog was deleted! 😦 On a side note, I’m sending some helpful energy your way. ❤

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      1. thanks so much Colleen – so kind of you and the others 🙂
        still dicey, iffy – but right now, at least, I’ve managed to log in, after some weirdness. So it goes …. anyhow, hope you have a wonderful week 🙂 Be well and safe and Bright Blessings. 🙂

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  2. This is a beautiful prompt, Colleen! Color is so inspiring. My new site is up and I still have a couple of tweaks to resolve. However, at least, I am able to write poetry. ❤️

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      1. Thank you, Colleen! It was quite the challenge for my patience. The best part is I don’t have to change themes. This one does everything and I can change anything within the theme! ❤️

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  3. Hi Colleen 🙂

    I really like your new challenge – it’s a lovely concept and offers both direction and flexibility! How wonderful. And I have to say, your butterfly cinquain is lovely, very evocative – my mind immediately was conjuring up all those lovely images – a “virtual” bouquet, as it were. An absolute delight. 🙂

    Bright Blessings and have a wonderful weekend.

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  4. I just thought I’d say- I think I may have worked out the bugs …. but it means a new space/site – so ah ha, we’ shall see. I’ve composed two poems/posts for the challenge, one for each arm/leg, as it were and have linked up, so now, maybe …. heh, it’ll be okay. Here’s hoping!
    And I’ve noticed the “new” schedule for December – looks interesting and full of all kinds of wonderful. 😀
    Have a most wonderful weekend Colleen – Bright Blessings and Merry Be 😉

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      1. so for so good, it seems …. keeping my fingers crossed … 😌 (and thanks for the offer to help and all of your encouragement btw) 💖

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