Are you ready for a theme prompt? Yvette M. Calleiro from last month’s challenge picked the theme:

This month’s theme is:

Beginnings & Endings

This is an excellent article on writing poetry! Have a read… you never know what you will learn!

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 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.

Add your name and the URL of your post to Mr. Linky below. 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.

51 thoughts on “#TANKATUESDAY Weekly #POETRY CHALLENGE NO. 271, 4/26/22, #THEMEPROMPT

  1. Alley Allies (for Word Craft Poetry ~ Tanka Tuesday)

    Strive for strike or spare,
    trying my best. They keep score.
    Colleen casts a glare,
    I suggest barroom singing;
    karaoke down the hall.

    We’re Sonny and Cher,
    waking up to Groundhog Day.
    get to the part where,
    she is miming me with clues.
    I’m still wearing bowling shoes.

    Michael Todd (2022)


      1. I’m not sure, it just seems to happen with some blogs. I’m not an app person. As to contacting WP, I’ve not had much luck with that in the past. Hopefully, it will work itself out.


          1. Perhaps old blog set ups don’t mix well with the new ones. Just a guess. It happens mostly with the new ones which WordPress has set up so it won’t let you read more than the beginning of a post in the Reader. That’s how I read posts, because it shows only the blogs I follow. I couldn’t keep track otherwise. And when I press the link in the reader to the site, it pretends it doesn’t know me at all and so won’t let me comment. I don’t know enough about tech to know why this happens. The reader never has ads, maybe that’s why they set it up that way. I dislike trying to read a post with ads flashing in the middle, and I’m sure I’m not the only one.


            1. So WordPress has an app that you can install. I read the reader through there. The links seem to work better. That is really strange. I think they are trying to move us all to the app, instead of accessing WP via the web. Just a guess. But that doesn’t fix the issues. ❤


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