Diana Peach selected the image for this week’s photo prompt. It’s an image from Pixabay.com, compliments ofPretty sleepy.”

Remember, we can see what’s in the image, so write your poem using the image as an inspiration. Don’t just describe what you see in the image. Use your imagination. Open your third eye and see what’s behind the red door! Think about metaphor and allegory. Just remember to check what form you’re using. Some of the Japanese forms frown upon the use of metaphors. 

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 your poem inspired by the Ekphrastic image above using a syllabic form of your choice found on the cheatsheet OR from the Poetscollective.org. Watch your word choice. Do not use words that end in “ing.” Use imagery. BE creative and try alternative forms. Make sure you follow the directions on how to write the form. It’s always fun to share how to write the write the form so we can all learn together. Remember… we are still working with syllabic poetry forms.
  • 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.


So, Word Crafters… who wants to have fun and shovel snow… I mean, write some syllabic 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.

53 thoughts on “#TANKATUESDAY Weekly #POETRY CHALLENGE NO. 261, 2/15/22 #PHOTOPROMPT

      1. barely passed the test. maybe conquered but definitely far from mastered. hehe


  1. Oh, my, shovel snow? I’ll send someone to help… sorry about that. I was running against time with this one. But I finally got it to where it belongs. It was an unwieldy idea I started out with, but in the end, the words lined up rather nicely. Oh, Maybe. Something from Poetry Form. Hope it’s acceptable. Thanks for making me dream big. haha. How big? Lewis Carroll kind of big. A girl can dream. Thanks for the fun prompt, Colleen. Leave the shoveling for someone else.

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  2. I hope you didn’t get whomped and whipped – by the snow! We did! AFTER the rain. Ugh. Nothing like midwinter for unpredictable weather! It’ll be days before I get it all cleared up … such is life. At least I don’t have anywhere other than here to be … so there’s a bright side, I guess 😂 At any rate, I finally got to writing something for the prompt – (didn’t think I would this week) post first shovel endeavour/attack. Bless my efforts for being snow-blind and tired! 😉

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    1. Well, we got torrential rains and then the snow… about five inches. Last night it was the winds howling and snowing and blowing the white stuff all around. I think there is more on the way-both rain and snow! Stay safe. It gets slippery out there. ❤

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      1. *sigh* …. it’s a bit nuts really …. but we’ll begin the official countdown to Spring now …. let’s just hope Mother Nature marks time like the calendar! only 30 days … (I know, I’m dreaming and being wishful) ….. you too, stay safe and adventure slowly, carefully when outside

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