#TankaTuesday Weekly #Poetry Challenge No. 319, 5/9/2023


短歌 火曜日

In case you missed last week’s poetry, here are the poet’s links from the 5/2/23 Ekphrastic challenge:

1.ladyleemanila11.Cheryl21.E.A. Colquitt
2.Reena Saxena12.Mark Bozeman22.Jules
3.willowdot2113.Li/ Lisa23.Ruth Klein
4.Elizabeth14.Rockstar Girl24.Kerfe
5.Echoes of the soul15.Pankaj Kumar25.ben Alexander
6.Melissa Lemay16.Balroop Singh26.D. Wallace Peach
7.Britta Benson17.Luanne Castle27.Merril D. Smith
8.Yvette M Calleiro18.Goff James28.The Versesmith 
9.Colleen Chesebro19.Annette Rochelle Aben29.You’re next!

This week’s challenge is a photo prompt. This year, I’ve asked my friend, and photographer, Terri Webster Schrandt, from secondwindleisure.com to share her photos with us for inspiration. Terri runs a weekly photo challenge called Sunday Stills. Check it out HERE.

© Terri Webster Schrandt

Terri says: “As May brightens 2023, I came across this image in my archives from spring 2018. My hubby and I spent 12 summer weekends at our Sacramento River Delta campground, where wind and board sports are a must-do. After a long day on the water, many of us gathered on the levee to watch the sunsets and chat about our water time. Wildflowers like these purple radishes grew profusely on the levees in the spring. This one seems to frame the sunset on the expanse of the river just so.”

Write your poem using the photo as your inspiration.

💜 Remember… if you write a freestyle poem, you MUST include a syllabic poem, as well. 💜

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 SYLLABLE COUNTER



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

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Read and comment on some of your fellow poets’ work.

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Submissions are OPEN: 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!

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.

76 thoughts on “#TankaTuesday Weekly #Poetry Challenge No. 319, 5/9/2023

    1. Ekphrastic poetry is inspired by famous works of art. I always leave links on those posts on how you should examine a painting. There is brushstroke, thickness of paint, etc. A photo inspires us in different ways. We might see the light, or angle of the camera, as in Terri’s photo for this week where the background is more blurred with the wildflower in the front. It’s all in the inspiration. 💜

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  1. I’m really a novice at this and don’t know how to submit Poem’s for Tanka Tuesday. May I just send you a 99 Words poem for May and you tell me how to participate. I enjoy any advice or critique.


    The wildflowers of springtime have broken through at last
    The yellow, pink and purple are
    framed by the green grass
    God has a green thumb when it comes to masterpieces
    The purple especially has such sweet frangrances
    I walk barefoot through the fields so not to destroy them
    They are mere gifts from God that bees unwrap just for him
    Once opened we all can enjoy the honey bees make
    If not for the wildflowers none of us could partake
    The delicious nectar that bees make in their home hives
    It smells like Heaven when Springtime finally arrives

    99 Words

    BY D. J. Huggins-Green
    May9th, 2023@5:33 a m.
    Mingo Jct., Ohio

    Thank you for your help.


    1. Hello, D.J. Did you want to submit this poem to the Around the Campfire Literary Journal? You can submit your poem to the literary journal at campfirejournal@gmail.com, in the body of your email. I’m an editor of the journal is why I advertise it on my Tanka Tuesday posts.

      Tanka Tuesday is syllabic poetry. You can learn more about that here: https://wordcraftpoetry.com/2021/09/05/how-to-start-crafting-syllabic-poetry/. The rules for Tanka Tuesday ask for a syllabic poem to be included with any freestyle poetry. Learn the syllabic forms here: https://wordcraftpoetry.com/tanka-tuesday-poetry-cheat-sheet-for-tanka-tuesday-poetry-challenges/. ~Colleen~


  2. Our collaboration gets better each week, Colleen! I’m always a bit nervous about how each photo will be received and that it provides good inspiration. Your fellow poets are brilliant and I get such a kick out of reading their beautiful words! It’s fun to pull an image out of my dusty archives to bring them new life.

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    1. I love how your photographs feature such brilliant colors. There are so many metaphors for color and mood. I’m glad everyone is having fun. I know I am. LOL! I’m grateful for your lovely photographs. 🙏🏻

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  3. A beautiful image to share with your readers from Terri, Colleen…. And I am sure there will be many beautiful poems created from this perfect image from the Spring of 2018….
    Sending LOVE as May Blossoms in all her Glory. ❤

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              1. Sorry Robbie…. I thought this was Colleen LOL…. and yes… I painted from a Wild life card I had at the time…. and was pleased with the effect it gave… as I was experimenting with the media at the time.. ❤

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