Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka #Poetry Challenge #21 – “Fog & Change”

Happy TANKA Tuesday everyone! Welcome to the TANKA CAFÉ. 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.

Grab a cup of Joe or a cup of tea and read what’s below…


It’s 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 Quick Start Guide
CLICK THE LINK TO SEE THE EXAMPLES and to learn how to write a Tanka poem

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:

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.

Because of the time difference between where you are, and I am, you might not think your link is there. I manually approve all links. People participating in 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. Use whatever program you want to make your images.

As time permits, I will visit your blog, comment, and TWEET your TANKA

If you add these hashtags to your post your poetry may be viewed more often:

#Tanka Tuesday, #micropoetry, #poetry, #5lines

If you haven’t set up your blog to share to Twitter, you should. It is an excellent way to meet other poets and share your work.

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 19th CHALLENGE USING THE WORDS – CRAFT & RISE: (Please make sure to visit the other participants. We learn from each other. <3)

 Tanka: Angel & Devil – Jane Dougherty Writes

 Tanka Tuesday: Angel &Devil – Image & Word


Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Poetry Challenge #20 – Angel & Devil/Two on a Rant

Angel by Devil’s Act/Naa Prapancham, My World

 Angel & Devil | thoughts and entanglements

 Tanka Tuesday: Angel and Devil | K Y R O S M A G I C A

 Colleen’s Weekly Tanka-Angel&Devil – All About Writing and more

Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Poetry Challenge #20 Angel & Devil | Annette Rochelle Aben

Angelic (a Tanka) | Darkness of His Dreams

Point of view | Sue Vincent’s Daily Echo

A Lost Poem on the Bookmark – Thoughts of Words

Tanka -Discord | Mother Willow

 Aurora Laughs: Tanka | Yesterday and today: Merril’s historical musings

Angel & Devil Tanka/Suzhalgal

Follow the Drinking Gourd | method two madness

Memories/Life at 17

Angel Frost – A #Tanka – Colleen Chesebro ~ Fairy Whisperer

This week’s Poet of the Week is Merrill. Her Tanka poem called “Aurora Laughs,” really spoke to me this week.

Read the fourth line! The description is excellent.

Aurora laughs, flies,

paints the sky with angel wings,

through cracks, light streams in

devil-dark of winter lifts

hope and beauty still exist

©2017 Merril D. Smith

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

(any forms of the words AND don’t forget to use synonyms)

There are many different meanings to these words. Have fun and experiment. If the prompt words don’t Inspire you… write a Tanka based on the photo BELOW:

Image credit:



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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
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  5. Thank you so much for the shout out, Colleen! I’m glad you liked the poem. 🙂

    The new prompt should make for some interesting poems.

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  7. Reblogged this on ladyleemanila and commented:
    Colleen’s tanka challenge 🙂

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  9. my shortlink in case the pingback doesn’t work! <3

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  15. Had a go at Tanka challenge #21 like the two part construction. Can be found at

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  20. I apologize for joining in a little late. I’ve been very busy. Here’s my poem for this challenge: I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it! 🙂

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  23. Hi Colleen,
    My first time here. My submission for the challenge.
    Thank You !

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  28. Hi Colleen!
    I’ve enjoyed reading your prompt and everyone’s responses so much I decided to have a go too.

  29. I think my pingbacks are not working, so, sharing my link here for your review…

  30. HI Everyone,

    Here is my late entry for this week, happy Sunday to all:)


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