#TankaTuesday Weekly Poetry Challenge No. 279: #Tastetherainbow-Color/Weather Poetry

Hello everyone. Happy JULY! I’m thrilled to see everyone once again! I need a vacation from my vacation! The second-floor flooring has all been replaced. No more yucky old carpet. I’ve got a break for a week and then the contractor begins work on the two bathrooms. It’s a busy summer!

Now, let’s get back to writing poetry together!

This week, choose your own syllabic form and a color to feature in your syllabic poem. But, let’s add a little something else to make it special! This week, along with a color, add some weather to your poem. You can find some ideas HERE.

If the form is from the #TankaTuesday cheat sheet, let us know so we know where to look for directions. If it’s a new form, share how to write it and where you found the instructions. Think about the different ways you can use color in a poem.

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Color Meanings – The Power and Symbolism of Colors

Color Symbolism in Literature: What Do Colors Mean in Literature and Poetry?

Symbolism – Definition & Examples

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P.S. 🌈 Taste the Rainbow refers to colors. You do not have to write about a rainbow in your poem. Just include a color in your poem. 🌈

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 your poem and post it on your blog.

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

*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.

See the URL in the browser image below. This is what the URL of your post will look like after you published your poem. Cut and paste that address into Mr. Linky below:

Follow the schedule listed below:

Upcoming #TankaTuesday Prompt Poets

💜 July Specific Form: Lisa

💚 July Photo Prompt: Willow

💛 July Theme Prompt: Harmony

Now, have fun and write some color/weather themed 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.

94 thoughts on “#TankaTuesday Weekly Poetry Challenge No. 279: #Tastetherainbow-Color/Weather Poetry

    1. Thanks, Diana. I missed everyone. I’m exhausted and have come back to my office to recuperate from that vacation. This was like moving all over again with the shifting of furniture up and down stairs, and the packing away of things… but the floors look amazing. My knees will heal. LOL! ❤


      1. One of those breaks where you need a break to recover from the break. I don’t think you ever slow down, Colleen. Glad the hard work is done though. Now, relax.


  1. Welcome back, Colleen. I’ve tried a new form, taking inspiration from Ronovan’s Wednesday Sigo Challenge. It’s a Korean syllable poetry form, hope you like my effort. Thanks. 🙂


          1. No he’s had a throat and chest infection since May 2021, then it attacked his ears a couple of months back , it cleared but came back after the covid. He has had phone calls with the surgery Paramedic but no one qualified actually looked in his ears until yesterday when after fourteen months of troubles he saw a Dr! He has another spray, antibiotics and steroids from the paramedic have not worked. So it’s fingers crossed 💜


              1. Thank you Colleen we hope so too. He has a hospital appointment but there is a 12month waiting list! Things are not good, but we just keep going 💜


                  1. The NHS is on its knees, government Covid just a nightmare but to be fair the hospitals are doing their best. I hope things are good with you Colleen 💜


                    1. I’m worn out from the house renovations, my knees hurt, but otherwise the second phase of the renovations start Monday with the bathrooms. I’ll be glad when this is all over with. My hubby is disabled, so I try to keep things going. You know how it is. LOL! ❤


  2. Colleen – stay positive. All will be just beautiful when done. 🙂
    Our work hasn’t been scheualed yet. But we’ve picked out some colors, new flooring etc.
    I long for my kitchen to be in full repair. Not that I’m a great cook, but having the contents in three different rooms doesn’t make things easy… I’ll live.

    Here’s my haibun: Summer Rain haibun


    1. Oh, I know. It’s just been a lot of work. Ron’s disabled so I take on too much but what do you do? Today, we found a pipe leaking underneath the kitchen sink. So a plumber comes tomorrow. Great fun! 😳🤦🏼‍♀️


      1. We had a pipe under the sink… we couldn’t turn something… had to get that repaired.
        Better to get these things taken care of. We wouldn’t have known about that issue if we didn’t have to take our dishwasher out of its place. Ugh!


          1. The plastic outlet hose is only supposed to last for ten years. And then it should get replaced. I could tell you stories…about dishwasher hoses!


            1. This is the black rubber hose that connects to the pvc pipe drainage. I’m sure it’s as old as the house. Nothing was ever fixed in this house. The appliances were so bad that we didn’t use them. We had to replace them immediately. It was a real fiasco during Covid trying to get appliances. We’re still waiting for the plumber… 🤦🏼‍♀️


              1. Our repairs will be done in stages too. Hopefully the most of the kitchen first, as the floor is getting replaced, then the hall.
                But that crew isn’t doing the baseboards, a different crew will be doing that.

                Downstairs ceiling protected and then along with the all the walls new paint. While not due to our main issue since the room downstairs is getting completely emptied, we’ll be replaceing the carpeting there which is over thirty years old.

                Always something. Thankfully the insurance we’ve paid into over the years is covering most of the replacement damage.

                Hope your plumber arrieved and fixed it.


                1. Oh, I know about those repairs. This house will be brand new inside when we’re finished this summer. The plumber replaced the piece we needed and it was a great price. Next year they will come and check it all out again. So worth it. ❤


                  1. We were thinking about replacing some dishwasher parts, maybe even the whole unit. But in the end we are just putting the old one (less than 10 years old) because it really is OK. But Hubby is fixing the electric wire and plug since it wasn’t installed correctly the first time.

                    Now we are just waiting for supplies and man power… for the work to begin.


  3. Progress! It will all come together soon!
    I’m having trouble with WordPress, and it won’t let me post a link on Mr. Linky, although when I try to redo it, it says I’ve already done it…
    I’ll try again later.


    1. I’ll add your post link if it doesn’t work. No worries, Kerfe. I was creating a book review post the other day. I’d saved it and as I typed it simply vanished!! Two hours of work gone! I couldn’t believe it! 🤦🏼‍♀️ WP!


  4. Thanks, Colleen. I just posted mine to Mr. Linky: An Abhanga on a very sad day in Japan where we’re in shock about the crime on former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. I will read more in the morning. Good night.


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