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Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka #Poetry Prompt Challenge #15 – CHANGE & BEAUTY

Happy Tuesday everyone! Welcome to the TANKA CAFÉ and your weekly prompt post. Are you ready to get groovy with your poetry? Then, you’re in the right place! Pull up a chair, order some coffee or tea and let’s write some TANKA poetry.

(Please note: I changed my blog name and address to colleenchesebro.com. silverthreading.com will be dropped in the next few months).

Happy Tanka Tuesday! Grab a cup of Joe or a cup of tea and read what’s below…


It is worth taking a moment to check the best way to create a Tanka.

Tanka poems are based on syllable structure much the same way a Haiku is written in the 5/7/5 format.

The Tanka form is easy to create: 5/7/5/7/7 and is a Haiku with two extra lines, of 7 syllables each consisting of five separate lines.

What makes a Tanka different from a Haiku is that the first three lines (5/7/5) are the upper phase. This upper stage is where you create an image in your reader’s mind.

The last two lines (7/7) of a Tanka poem are called the lower phase. Now here is where it gets interesting. The lower stage, the final two lines, should express the poet’s ideas about the image that was created in the three lines above.


Visit Jean Emrich at tankaonline.com Quick Start Guide

Here are some great sites that will help you write your Tanka.


For Synonyms and Antonyms. When your word has too many syllables, find one that works.


Find out how many syllables each word has. I use this site for all my Haiku and Tanka poems. Click on the “Poetry Workshop” tab to create your Tanka. Here are the rules for the Tanka form: howmanysyllables.com

I will publish the Tanka Tuesday prompt at 12: 03 A.M. Mountain Standard Time (Denver
Time).  That should give everyone time to see the prompt from around the world.


How Long Do You Have and Your Deadline: You have a week to complete the Challenge with a deadline of Monday at 12:00 P.M. (Noon). This will give me a chance to add the links from everyone’s Tanka post from the previous week, on the new prompt I send out on Tuesday. I urge everyone to visit the blogs and comment on everyone’s Tanka poem.

The rules are simple.

I will give you two words that you need to use (in some form) in the writing of your Tanka.

The two words can be used in any way you would like to use them. Words have different definitions, and you can use the definitions you like. Feel free to use synonyms for the words.

LINK YOUR BLOG POST TO MINE WITH A PINGBACK. To do a Pingback: Copy the URL (the HTTP:// address of my post) for the current week’s Challenge and paste it into your post. You may also place a copy of your URL of your Tanka Post in the comments of the current week’s Challenge post.

People from the challenge may visit you and comment or “like” your post. I also need at least a Pingback or a link in the comments section to know you took part and to include you in the Weekly Review section of the new prompt on Tuesday.

BE CREATIVE. Use your photos and create “Visual Tanka’s” if you wish, although it is not necessary. You can use FotoflexerPicmonkey, or Canva.com, or any other program that you want to make your images. Click the links to go to the programs.

I will visit your blog, comment, and TWEET your TANKA.

You may copy the badge I have created to go with the Tanka Tuesday Challenge Post and place it in your post:

HERE’S WHO JOINED US LAST WEEK FOR OUR 14th CHALLENGE USING THE WORDS – LAST & NEW: (Please make sure to visit the other participants. We learn from each other. <3)

I’m sorry if my post confused everyone… I know I said I used the words “last and few” – when I meant, “last and new!” Let’s blame it on the chaos I had last week getting my book ready for publication. That was a whopper of a typo! <3

A tanka – Art and Life

Ghosts #tanka | Sue Vincent’s Daily Echo


Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Poetry Prompt Challenge #14 Last & New | Annette Rochelle Aben

Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Poetry Prompt Challenge #14 Last & New/Two on a Rant

The Circle Must Close (a tanka) | Darkness of His Dreams

Tanka Poem – The Rolling Hills

Last & New | thoughts and entanglements EDIT

Tuesday Tanka Challenge – Norma’s Natterings

toasting tomorrow | rivrvlogr EDIT

Counting | method two madness

Ringing in the New Year – A Tanka – Colleen Chesebro ~ Fairy Whisperer

The Last Time, by Reinventions by Reena

©2016 by Reena Saxena

These are some great inspirational words and thoughts!

Here are the two words for this week’s challenge: CHANGE & BEAUTY

(any forms of the words AND don’t forget that you can use synonyms)

There are many different meanings to these words. Have fun and experiment.



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About Colleen M. Chesebro

Colleen M. Chesebro is an American Novelist & Poet who loves writing paranormal fantasy and magical realism, cross-genre fiction, syllabic poetry, and creative nonfiction. She loves all things magical which may mean that she could be experiencing her second childhood—or not. That part of her life hasn’t been fully decided yet. A few years ago, a mystical experience led her to renew her passion for writing and storytelling. These days she resides in the fantasy realm of the Faery Writer where she writes the magical poetry and stories that the fairy nymphs whisper to her in her dreams. Colleen won the “Little and Laugh” Flash Fiction Contest sponsored by the Carrot Ranch Literary Community on November 2017, and in 2018, she won first place for the “Twisted Travel” category. Colleen lives in Arizona with her husband. When she is not writing, Colleen enjoys spending time with her husband. She also loves gardening, reading, and crocheting old-fashioned doilies into works of art. Learn more about Colleen on colleenchesebro.com.
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  1. Pingback: Shift | method two madness

  2. Thanks, yet again, for the inspiration, Colleen. These are such fun. Happy New Year. 🙂


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  5. My tanka Poem in response to your tuesday prompt: https://lifeat17.wordpress.com/2017/01/09/beauty/

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  8. Hi Everyone,
    Here is my entry for this week after much restart and editing..It still feels a little like NOT a tanka. But that’s all that’s in the tank for this week folks:) A good week to all.

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  13. Is the only way to participate a blog post? I don’t have a blog. Any other options?

  14. Finished the poem: https://therollinghills.wordpress.com/2017/01/03/auroras-colors-tanka-poem/ I hope the reference to change is acceptable. 🙂

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  16. More wishes for a happy 2017 — and huge success with your new book! Mega hugs.

  17. Hi Colleen,

    I have a question regarding this new challenge. Is it all right to imply change rather than say “change”? I have a poem (mostly) ready, but wanted to know if this is okay.


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