#TankaTuesday Weekly #Poetry Challenge No. 321, 5/23/23


短歌 火曜日

Tanka Tuesday Specific Form Prompt: colorful blocks spell: specific

In case you missed last week’s poetry, here are the poet’s links from the 5/15/23 Synonyms Only challenge (Work & Play):

1.ben Alexander 10.Padre 19.Mrityunjay Dixit (Jay) 
2.willowdot21 11.Chu On This 20.Luanne Castle 
3.Selma 12.Jules 21.Cheryl 
4.AJ 13.Annette Rochelle Aben 22.Colleen Chesebro 
5.Mark Bozeman 14.Gwen Plano 23.Paula Light 
6.ladyleemanila 15.Li/ Lisa 24.Roberta Writes 
7.Cheryl Batavia 16.Balroop Singh 25.Marsha Ingrao 
8.Reena Saxena 17.Yvette M Calleiro 26.Ruth Klein 
9.Cressida 18.Melissa Lemay 27.You’re next!

I had so much fun writing an Acrostic poem for David’s Wea’ve Written Weekly W3 Prompt HERE.

So, I started thinking about how we could write an acrostic syllabic poem. I knew if we had enough syllables, it could work.

This week’s challenge is to write a specific form with a twist!

Write an acrostic poem with a syllable count of 8, 9, or 10 syllables per line (all the same, or a mixture of syllable counts, is fine).


Acrostic poems are poems in which a word or several words are spelled out vertically. This is usually the first letter of each line.



Mental images flow like waves on the sea
Engage your breath—in and out, soft and slow
De-stress, let go, just be
Imagine the nothingness, breath…
Take time to focus on your love and kindness
Accept any thoughts and let them go
Trust the process, you’re a star in the sky
Imagine breathing relaxation into your body
Open your third eye
No judgement—just breathe, just be

🙏🏻 Namaste 🙏🏻

This is the poem I wrote for David’s challenge. Here is the syllable count to give you an idea. A syllable count of 8, 9, or 10 syllables per line is totally doable!

syllable count of the Acrostic poem Meditation 10-10-6-8-11-9-10-14-5-7

🦄 Let’s get magical! 🦄

SELECT one of these words to use for your Acrostic poem: (I grabbed these words from a fantasy word website. Yes it should be conjure and specter). I’ve changed the words to reflect the correct spelling. 🤦🏼‍♀️










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

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Now, be magical and write some syllabic acrostic poetry!

Bitmoji: Word Witch Colleen as a Geni: Say No More

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.

60 thoughts on “#TankaTuesday Weekly #Poetry Challenge No. 321, 5/23/23

  1. Haha, I am the queen of spelling errors, but you don’t expect them from another website when you cut and paste! Thanks for linking. My post tomorrow is honorable, so I’ll try to conjure up an honorable fantasy. That may take some imagination on my part. 🙂


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