#TankaTuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 281, 7/19/22 #Ekphrastic #PhotoPrompt


This challenge explores Ekphrastic poetry, inspired by visual art or photographs. Willow provided the photo for this month’s challenge. Now, we can see this is a statue, so get creative and think about what this statue could represent. Think about imagery and symbolism… then select a form and craft your poem!

© Willow Willers

Write your poem using a syllabic form from the cheat sheet or from the poetscollective.org/poetryforms. Here is more information 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 sites that will help you write your poetry and count syllables:


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


This site even has a link so you can install the extension on Google Chrome.


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

I don't get it


  • Write your choice of 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:

Upcoming #TankaTuesday Prompt Poets

💜 August Specific Form: Yvette

💚 July Photo Prompt: Willow

💛 July Theme Prompt: Harmony

So, who wants to have fun and write some poetry?

48 thoughts on “#TankaTuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 281, 7/19/22 #Ekphrastic #PhotoPrompt

  1. Lovely prompt, Willow. Thank you, Colleen, for this opportunity to explore poetic forms. 💗


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      1. Thanks Colleen!💕
        Feeling little weak and sleep is affected.
        I guess it will get better
        I am trying to get back to routine.


  3. Another new style I had not heard of…. But given I do not think I adhere to any particular style except to write from the heart and end in a rhyme lol…

    Also I am loving the cartoon logos everyone seems to be adopting them, Sending you love Colleen… ❤


    1. These are Bitmoji, Sue. I’ve been using the witch (as in word witch) for years now. It’s been great fun. One of these days, I’ll have to change my outfit, but until then, I’m flying on my broom. LOL! Huge hugs to you, my friend. ❤


        1. One bathroom finished! The first vanity we ordered for the big bathroom was delivered with a cracked countertop. So, our contractor went to the store and had to reorder. We received the new one today… so, by next weekend, they will have found the time to squeeze us in to set that vanity. The floors and showers look stunning. I’ll take some photos and share. 🥳 💜


  4. Ok, mostlikely its my brain that’s sizzled, but for the life of me I could not get the photo size to adjust to a small size, thus, WP wouldn’t let me post it here. I am so sad. Still, I went ahead and posted it with a different photo (after all, I wrote it for this prompt). Now, it’s 2 a.m and I gotta get to bed. Thanks. I’ll come check and remove it if I must.
    And it was such a lovely photo. Sorry Willow. Sorry Colleen. I bless you. good night. xo


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