#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?

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About Colleen Chesebro: WordCraftPoetry

Colleen M. Chesebro is a Michigan Poet who loves crafting syllabic poetry, flash fiction, and creative fiction and nonfiction. Colleen sponsors a weekly syllabic poetry challenge, called #TankaTuesday, on wordcraftpoetry.com where participants learn how to write traditional and current forms of syllabic poetry. A published author, Colleen is also an editor of “Word Weaving, a Word Craft Journal of Syllabic Verse, also found on wordcraftpoetry.com. Colleen’s mission is to bring the craft of writing syllabic poetry to anyone who thinks they can’t be a poet. Recently, she created the Double Ennead, a 99-syllable poetry form for the Carrot Ranch literary community at carrotranch.com. Colleen’s poetry has appeared in various anthologies and journals including “Hedgerow-a journal of small poems,” and “Poetry Treasures1 & 2” a collection of poetry from the poet/author guests of Robbie Cheadle on the “Treasuring Poetry” blog series on “Writing to be Read." Colleen published “Word Craft: Prose & Poetry, The Art of Crafting Syllabic Poetry,” which illustrates how to write various syllabic poetry forms used in her Tanka Tuesday challenges; and a collection of poetry, flash fiction, and short stories called, “Fairies, Myths & Magic: A Summer Celebration,” dedicated to the Summer Solstice. She contributed a short story called “The Changeling,” in the “Ghostly Rites Anthology 2020,” published by Plaisted Publishing House. Find Colleen at Word Craft: Prose & Poetry at wordcraftpoetry.com.
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  3. Good morning everyone looking forward to seeing Everyone’s poetry. Mine is in Mr Linky. 💜😃

  4. An amazing statue and I am sure the poetry will reflect it beautifully..♥

  5. Wow! Amazing prompt, Willow! 💖

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

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  9. Thank you Colleen and Willow.
    We had some good news today and it is reflected in my haibun here:
    On the Right Track

    I imagined the couple meeting at a train station… but I do not often dress up! 😉

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  11. Hi Colleen,
    Thanks Willow for such a beautiful prompt.
    Coming back after quite some time as I was down with dear Covid!
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  12. An idea immediately came to mind! Great picture, Willow! 🙂

  13. 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… <3

  14. I love this statue. I saw it and photographed it several times while living in England.

  15. Beautiful statue, conjuring lots of loving thoughts up in my head <3

  16. 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

  17. Loved this photo Colleen and Willow. Had to join in. <3

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  19. Thank you for hosting, Colleen and Thank you Willow for the photo. This photo is inspirational. 🙂

  20. Thanks for an interesting prompt, Willow and Colleen, which I used as a chance to visit Saint Pancras station as a whole: https://margaret21.com/2022/07/23/st-pancras-station-where-england-and-europe-meet/

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