#TankaTuesday #Ekphrastic #Poetry Challenge No. 318


短歌 火曜日

In case you missed the poetry from the Specific Form: Tanka challenge from April 25, 2023, here are the links:

1.ben Alexander 9.Yvette M Calleiro 17.AJ
2.Reena Saxena 10.Gwen Plano 18.Sylvia Cognac
3.Mark Bozeman 11.Eugi 19.Merril D. Smith
4.Elizabeth 12.Balroop Singh 20.Melissa Lemay
5.Paula Light 13.willowdot21 21.Ruth Klein
6.Luanne Castle 14.Rockstar Girl 22.Robbie Cheadle
7.Li/ Lisa 15.Jules 23.  You’re Next!
8.Cheryl 16.Kerfe   

This #TankaTuesday challenge explores Ekphrastic poetry, inspired by works of art. Let’s start May off with an interesting painting.

When I first spotted this painting, I thought the woman was on her cell phone! Wait! Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller created this painting in 1860. Could it be time travel? What do you think? How can you address this strange aspect in your poem?

The Expected One
painting by Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller (Museum: Bavarian State Painting Collections) wikidata.org

🌼 This week, using the painting as your inspiration, please write either a syllabic poetry form or a freestyle poem, including a syllabic form (both on the same post). 🌼

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

Around the Campfire Literary Journal

Around the Campfire Journal, a division of Gitty Up Press on carrotranch.com

The Word Weaving Syllabic Poetry Journal has been retired. READ more HERE. I hope to see you all submitting poetry and flash fiction to the Around the Campfire Journal. GET your pens ready—and write!

Here are some impressive 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.

Please include a link back to the challenge in your post. (copy the URL, the https:// address of this post into your post).

Copy your link into the Mr. Linky written in green script below:

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.

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🤦🏼‍♀️ So, after switching themes and browsers for days, I found out the new update to WP caused problems with Chrome and other browsers in some coding. Firefox must have fixed their issue because I was able to write posts without freezing on Monday when I created this post. Chrome was still freezing up this morning. Since then, I’ve seen updates to the browsers.

NOTE: If you are reading this post from the WP READER, Mr. Linky will not show on the post. Please go directly to the post on wordcraftpoetry.com to add your post link.


So, who wants to have fun and write some 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.

62 thoughts on “#TankaTuesday #Ekphrastic #Poetry Challenge No. 318

  1. I love this painting it’s a real enigma ….for all the world the woman is using a mobile phone…as her lover waits to pop the question! A story for Morgarna and Merlin perhaps? 💜


  2. OK, that “BOTS” had me doing some research! I’ might be the only one not up on acronyms! Finally got it, “based on a true story.”

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  3. More WP woes for me, Colleen – I am once again unable to ‘like’ this post. Sigh.

    Happily, I seem to have added my tanka to Mr Linky okay. Time collapsing/centuries merging is a big theme for me at the moment, but I was more concerned about the huge drop right next to the path!

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    1. Interesting. Have you tried signing out of WP and signing back in? I’m on the .com version of WP so I have no idea why you can’t like my post. Is this happening on other posts for you? Let me know. I keep saying something is wrong with WP but they don’t believe me. LOL!

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