#TankaTuesday Weekly #Poetry Challenge No. 320, 5/15/2023


短歌 火曜日

In case you missed last week’s poetry, here are the poet’s links from the May 9, 2023 Photo Prompt challenge:

1.willowdot2110.Li/ Lisa19.Gwen Plano
2.ladyleemanila11.Jules20.Luanne Castle
3.ben Alexander12.Cheryl21.Kerfe
4.Reena Saxena13.AJ22.Ruth Klein
5.Britta Benson14.Balroop Singh23.Jaye Marie
6.Mark Bozeman15.Echoes of the soul24.Colleen Chesebro
7.Yvette M Calleiro16.Brenda Marie Fluharty25.Roberta Writes
8.Cressida17.Mrityunjay Dixit (Jay)26.Smitha V.
9.Elizabeth18.Melissa Lemay  

This week’s challenge is Synonyms Only. That means we select synonyms for the two words below. Please use the synonyms in your poem. Let’s work with opposites and see what we can create.

💼 Work & Play 💃🏼

How to Work with Opposites in Poetry

Identify the Opposites: We have two words: “work & play. Select synonyms for the two words. Begin by identifying one word and its opposing counterpart. EX: for work you could use “job.” For play you could select “frolic.”

Then, think about the ways in which the two concepts differ and how they can be used to create contrast in your poem.

Use a Split Format: One way to structure your poem is to divide it into two or three separate stanzas. The first stanza should describe the one word, while the second stanza should describe the opposite word. A third stanza could sum up the connections between the two opposites. Use vivid imagery and sensory language to help bring your poem to life.

Any of the smaller syllabic forms word great for this: cinquain, senryu, shadorma, Abhanga, tanka, Badger’s Hexastich… there are so many more to choose from on the Poets Collective.org: HERE.

Remember… if you write a freestyle poem, please add a syllabic form to go with it.

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 The syllable counters are all acting up. Please count your words as best you can!



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

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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.

49 thoughts on “#TankaTuesday Weekly #Poetry Challenge No. 320, 5/15/2023

  1. Hi Colleen and everyone, I am using a new style today a Landay it’s an Afghan form of poetry , explained in my post … Kat from Like Mercury Colliding is using it at the moment and I thought it could be a good style to try. I have linked to her post too.
    Have a good week 💜💜

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  2. Thanks, Colleen. Loveleee, I worked on a traditional Haiku today– added kigo and all *smile* and even felt a sense of nostalgia as I wrote today. Thanks so much. Blessings.

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