Are you ready for a theme prompt? Donna Matthews from last month’s challenge picked the theme:

This month’s theme is:


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 Craft Syllabic Poetry

Tanka Tuesday Cheat Sheet





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


  • Write a poem based on the above theme using a syllabic form of your choice found on the cheat sheet OR from the Poetscollective.org using the theme above.
  • *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 https:// address of this post into your post).
  • Copy the https:// address link of your published post 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 2022 schedule listed below:

Now, have fun and 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.

49 thoughts on “#TANKATUESDAY Weekly #POETRY CHALLENGE NO. 266, 3/22/22, #THEMEPROMPT

  1. Good morning Colleen, I know I’m on and off the poetry world, not sure what is happening with my inspiration. For sure, it feels good to write a poem early morning. Thanks for the challenge. And Happy Spring to you!

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  2. I’m leaving to go camping on Thursday, so I’m not sure I’ll have time to participate in this one, but I’ll try. If I don’t, I’ll make sure to support those who do once I get back. 🙂

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  3. Scheduled a Haibun for later. Will post it to Mr. Linky when I awake. FYI, I’ve been unwell. Booster gave me a bad reaction. I should be better in the morning. I bless you all and I declare world Peace.

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  4. Happy Spring to all and thanks for the interesting thematic prompt Donna 🙂 I’m looking forward to reading later on when I feel better – seems I gave myself a mild case of food poisoning the other day – fie! Who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks?! 😂 Thankfully I’m feeling much better now, but still a bit tired and worn out for it. Oh well, learn as you live. See you soon. 🙂


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