#TankaTuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 270 #PhotoPrompt


This challenge explores Ekphrastic poetry, inspired by visual art or photographs. D. L. Finn provided the photo for this month’s challenge:

Write your poem using a syllabic form from the cheat sheet or from the poetscollective.org/poetryforms. This is a photo, but there are some great tips in this article on how to write an Ekphrastic poem: How Do You Write an Ekphrastic Poem.

“Ekphrastic poems exist to respond to a piece of art critically, analytically, and reverentially.”

Ekphrastic poetry explained

On the Monday before the next challenge, I will select a poem from this week’s challenge to feature on the Monday recap. That poet will then choose the piece of artwork or a photograph (credits included) for next month’s challenge! Email your selection to me at tankatuesdaypoetry@gmail.com, a week before the challenge. Thank you.

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


A simple yet powerful syllable counter for poems and text that will count the total number of syllables and number of syllables per line for poems like haikus, limericks, and more.


For Synonyms and Antonyms. When your word has too many syllables, find one that works.

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  • Write your choice of a syllabic poem from the cheat sheet or from the poetscollective.org/poetryforms.
  • 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 schedule listed below:

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54 thoughts on “#TankaTuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 270 #PhotoPrompt”

  1. Before anything, let me just wish you miracles. A year of them. It must still be April 18th for you: Your birthday. Yay! So Happy Birthday, sweet Colleen.
    And many more. Sending you sunshine. Wishing you miracles. Lots. xoxo 🎂

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  8. Gwen M. Plano

    Oh so beautiful! Thank you Colleen and Denise. I love this photo. Hugs to you both. 🤗

  9. Dolphins (for Word Craft Poetry ~ Tanka Tuesday)

    Schooner on a troll;

    keep my tuna dolphin free.

    Swallowing bait whole;

    smelling blood in the water;

    ravenous appetite spree.

    Michael Todd (2022)

    1. Wait a minute… I just realized, i got no critique. Nary a pat on the head. Did I do it wrong? I will admit, I am just trying to hold my own, until someone prescribes a sonnet. That’s my ticket.

        1. Michael Todd

          I posted my poem here, in your comments thread.
          It was all about dolphins. And, it was all based on a true story, in South Carolina.

      1. Michael Todd

        Well, as it turns out, I do not have such a blog spot page, so my next best option is to just leave them here with you, when I am able to conjure one up.

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