Special Birthday Prompt #TankaTuesday Weekly #Poetry Challenge No. 316, 4/18/2023


短歌 火曜日

Today is my 65th birthday, and I’ve got a special prompt in mind… but first:

In case you missed last week’s poetry, here are the poet’s links from the 4/11/23 Photo Prompt challenge:

1.ben Alexander8.Luanne Castle15.Jules
2.Reena Saxena9.Li/ Lisa16.Mark Bozeman
3.AJ10.Yvette M Calleiro17.Marsha Ingrao
4.Annette Rochelle Aben11.Melissa Lemay18.Ruth Klein
5.Gwen Plano12.Balroop Singh19.Robbie Cheadle
6.s. s.13.Elizabeth20.You’re next!

This week’s challenge is to create a syllabic form with 65 syllables, or a combination of words that amount to 65. Remember we have an entire week to write our poem.

A chōka is 55 syllables, so this is within our realm of knowledge. You could write a haibun or tanka prose that amounts to 65 words. Think about how to arrange your stanzas (or not). YOU GOT THIS!!

Name the form, and tell us how to write it! I’ll add these new forms to the challenge cheat sheet so we can write them again. 🎂 🥳

Be creative. Surprise me!

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


🖋️ traveldailylife.com/syllables USE this to count your syllables



Word Craft: Prose & Poetry – The Art of Crafting Syllabic Poetry

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Now, have fun and write some syllabic poetry to celebrate my birthday. Let’s eat cake!

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.

110 thoughts on “Special Birthday Prompt #TankaTuesday Weekly #Poetry Challenge No. 316, 4/18/2023

  1. Happy Birthday my friend! All the best to you. It seems 65 has sparked your creativity, lovely idea for the challenge. Enjoy your day 🎉🎂🎉🎂🎉🎂

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  2. Happy Birthday! I turned 65 last summer. I guess you’re spending your days wading through, and tossing, the piles of the “welcome to old age” junk mail! 65 syllables… I’m glad we have a week to work on that!

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  3. Believin by A. Kid

    Least since she was born Colleen’s been alive
    hard ta believe she’s today sixty-five
    (but roun her ya kin believe anythin)
    Colleen an I both live life in full bloom
    ‘member her poemin at the Saloon?
    there shared with us a new form that she had
    Double -Ennead!

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    1. Oof! Sorry Colleen, Kid’s free ranging off the Ranch. I’m trying to catch up and rein that character in.
      And, Happy Birthday! What a fine celebration. I hope to find time to catch up and check out all the forms presented. (pun intended)

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  4. Oh, I hope it’s still your birthday, and either way a very, very unbirthday to you dear friend. Thank you for all the kindness and encouragement. I am truly grateful. I hope your day was inspirations and all the things you love.

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  6. Hey Colleen! Just posted the link to my contribution to the prompt/ birthday poem over at Mr. Linky there. A belated Happy birthday to you and hope you enjoy reading it! 🤞🙏😁📖

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  8. I should have come to post it directly here.
    So here I am. For you. The only rule this poem followed is the 65 syllable requirement.

    “I’m Of Little Fame”

    I’m a country flower
    Humble from my toes to my mane
    Each day is coronation
    The garden is my domain
    I thrive in a nook in the grass
    Calm as the calmest dawn
    Ask the birds and bees 🐝
    🐝 from where they get their brawn
    Dandelion is my name
    I’m of little fame.



    Happy Birthday, my friend xoxo


  9. !! 🙂 HAPPY
    !! 🙂 BIRTHDAY
    !! 🙂 COLLEEN 🙂 !!
    I hope to have a poem for you, I write mostly syylabic form poems so this aught to fit me well. Don’t do much rhyme lately.

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