Here we are for another #TankaTuesday poetry challenge! Are you ready for a theme prompt? Sarah selected this month’s theme:

☀️Lessons from nature☀️

Use the theme above to write your choice of syllabic poem. Your poem must include or be about a lesson from nature.

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 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 traveldailylife.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.

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 2022 schedule listed below:

  September Specific Form: Jules 

 September Photo Prompt: Britta

 August Theme Prompt: Sarah

Join me and learn how to write syllabic poetry! Word Craft: Prose & Poetry is available in print and ebook versions on Amazon.com.

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. 286, 8/23/22, #THEMEPROMPT

  1. Colleen, last week I wrote on the lovely ekphrastic theme provided by Reena S. but had a hard time posting it to Mr. Linky. ( think it was the day you mentioned having WP headaches) I gave up posting. I’d like to post it to celebrate the lovely photo and also to celebrate camaraderie with the group. Actually, the little poem (Shadorma) asks that I post it here. hehe. At Mr. Linky– last week. Find me there. Thanks.
    Glad all your problems have been resolved with WP. You’re so techy… *clapping*

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Well, I’d been looking out for Tanka Tuesday all day, and it never came. It was only when Britta published her poem that I realised that you had published your post- without the customary email arriving to tell me so. What IS WP up to?

    Liked by 1 person

      1. Yes, I am (was?). I’ve tried to sign up again. You are now one of 4 bloggers whom I follow who are having various difficulties over aspects of commenting …

        Liked by 1 person

          1. No, I can comment on your blog, and I seem to be signed up again. But several other bloggers whom I follow are having real issues just now.


Comments are closed.

%d bloggers like this: