Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka #Poetry Challenge # 24 – “FIRE & RAIN”


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) Denver time, U. S. A. 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 23rd CHALLENGE USING THE WORDS – HELP & SMILE: (Please make sure to visit the other participants. We learn from each other. <3)

Two on a Rant/Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Challenge #23 Help & Smile

Rena Saxena/The Last Smile

Tanka: Stirrings – Jane Dougherty Writes

Naa Prapancham, My World/Spring Smiles

The Melting Snow: Smile of the Cabin Owner (Traveler’s Tanka) – Thoughts of Words

tanka “HELP & Smile” – Mick E Talbot Poems EDIT

Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Poetry Challenge #23 Help & Smile | Annette Rochelle Aben

Helpful Smile | The Syllabub Sea

Help & Smile | thoughts and entanglements

Tanka – Help & Smile | radhikasreflection

Tanka Tuesday//Colleen’s weekly//poetry challenge  23 Help & Smile. – சுழல்கள்/Suzhalgal

Joy | Sue Vincent’s Daily Echo

Cookie Crumb Lips – A #Tanka – Colleen Chesebro ~ Fairy Whisperer

Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Challenge: Help and Smile | The Dragon’s Lair

Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka #Poetry Challenge # 23 – HELP & SMILE | K Y R O S M A G I C A

Deepikas Ramblings/Tanka – Help & Smile

Loki (a tanka) | Darkness of His Dreams EDIT

Tanka – Help/Smile | Willow Poetry EDIT

Smile | method two madness

Crone Chronicler/Tanka Challenge #23 – Help and Smile: Belle Vs. Rehab

This week’s Poet of the Week is Marie, from her blog, The Syllabub Sea. Her Tanka poem was inspired by Lewis Carroll and captures the Cheshire Cat in all his glory.

Notice how the first three lines form a picture in your mind. Marie’s last two lines are her observations. Perfect!

Helpful Cheshire cat

Guides lost travellers with an

Inscrutable grin.

But when Wonderland dissolves

The elusive cat retires.

© 2017 The Syllabub Sea


Here are the two words for this week’s challenge: FIRE & RAIN

(Remember you can use 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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  1. Pingback: Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka #Poetry Challenge # 25 – Clouds & Spring – Colleen Chesebro ~ Fairy Whisperer

  2. Hi Colleen,
    My entry for this week.
    Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka #Poetry Challenge # 24 – “FIRE & RAIN”
    Have a nice day !

  3. Pingback: A #Colorado Spring – A #Tanka – Colleen Chesebro ~ Fairy Whisperer

  4. Thanks for the prompt to listen to “Sweet Baby James” once again–

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  6. I went from yesterday’s fire to something a bit happier. 🙂

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  8. Thank you for featuring my poem. I am both delighted and flattered.
    Here is my contribution to this week’s challenge.

  9. Pingback: Fireflies | The Syllabub Sea

  10. Pingback: Tanka //Poetry Challenge// Rain & Fire – சுழல்கள்/Suzhalgal


  12. Hello Everyone,
    A good week to all:)
    Here is my entry for this week.


  13. Pingback: Fire & Rain | thoughts and entanglements

  14. Pingback: Untouched by the Rain (a tanka) | Darkness of His Dreams

  15. Pingback: Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka #Poetry Challenge # 24 – “FIRE & RAIN” | K Y R O S M A G I C A

  16. My short link in case the pingback doesn’t work

  17. Pingback: Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Poetry Challenge #24 Fire and Rain | Annette Rochelle Aben

  18. Hi Colleen,
    Love the prompts this week. Don’t know what it will produce yet but it has already done it’s job by bringing back that great James Taylor hit..Fire & Rain.


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  20. Pingback: “FIRE & RAIN” – Mick E Talbot Poems

  21. Nice prompt–I just have to get James Taylor out of my head. 🙂

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  24. Pingback: Tanka: Fire & Rain – Jane Dougherty Writes

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