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Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Tuesday Challenge No. 54: GHOST & HAUNT


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Hello. I am looking for someone to take over the poetry challenge in November because I want to participate in NANOWRITMO for the entire month. This post takes about two hours to compile. All you have to do is copy my template and copy the links to everyone else’s poetry from the previous week’s comments. Whoever is interested – I will add you as an editor/writer to my blog for this challenge.

If you prefer to do it on your own blog for a month – I would be honored. My stats rise every Tuesday and your’s should too. We just need to advertise it so the challenge can be found.

Please let me know by commenting on this post. If no one is interested – I will suspend the linkbacks to your posts for the month to save time. Tell me your thoughts. <3

Please note:
We are all students of poetry. I have given you the instructions on how to write the different forms. Try your best to be as exact as you can. There are no tests, and I don’t grade your work. LOL!

The biggest change you will learn about is in writing a Haiku vs. a Senryu. Also, remember, pronunciation in different parts of the world will affect your syllable count. Go with your gut on determining the syllable count. You are the poet and the creator of your own work.

The main objection of this challenge is to learn how to write various forms of poetry. Remember, if you are submitting your poetry for publication in literary journals, contests, or self-publishing, you should know the correct forms and use them. Check the rules by clicking on the links below. <3


For Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge, you can write your poem in one of the forms defined below.

Click on the link to learn about each type or go to the Poetry Challenge category tab on my menu to find instructions for each poetry form:

HAIKU in English 5/7/5 syllable structure. A Haiku is written about seasonal changes, nature, and change in general.

TANKA in English 5/7/5/7/7 syllable structure. Your Tanka will consist of five lines written in the first person point of view. This is important because the poem should be written from the perspective of the poet.

HAIBUN in English Every Haibun must begin with a title. Haibun prose is composed of short, descriptive paragraphs, written in the first person singular.

The text unfolds in the present moment, as though the experience is occurring now rather than yesterday or some time ago. In keeping with the simplicity of the accompanying haiku or tanka poem, all unnecessary words should be pared down or deleted. Nothing must ever be overstated.

The poetry never tries to repeat, quote, or explain the prose. Instead, the poetry reflects some aspect of the prose by introducing a different step in the narrative through a microburst of detail. Thus, the poetry is a sort of juxtaposition – seemingly different yet somehow connected.



Senryu in English 5/7/5 syllable structure. A Senryu is written about love, a personal event, and have some sort of irony present.


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(Currently, free-verse prose poems are NOT part of this challenge)

Here are some great sites that will help you write your poetry and count syllables.


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 “Workshop” tab to create your Haiku, Senryu, or Tanka.


I will publish the Tuesday prompt post 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 poem 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 poem.

The rules are simple.

I will give you two words that you need to use (in some form) in the writing of your poetry. This will be a challenge in writing your Haibun poem. Follow the rules carefully.

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 when the poetry form calls for it.

LINK YOUR BLOG POST TO MINE WITH A PINGBACK. To do a Pingback: Copy the URL (the HTTPS:// 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 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 taking part 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 POETRY” if you wish, although it is not necessary. Use whatever program you want to make your images. 

As time allows, I will visit your blog, comment, and TWEET your POETRY

If you add these hashtags to your post TITLE (depending on which poetry form you use) your poetry may be viewed more often:

#Haiku, #Tanka, #micropoetry, #poetry, #5lines, #Haibun, #Prose #Synryu, #CinquainPoetry


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


(Please make sure to visit the other participants. Remember, we learn from each other. <3)

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Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge No. 53 – MIST & SHAPE – CINQUAIN – Mick E Talbot Poems

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Boo! – Sweet Aroma

Misty Fay | like mercury colliding…

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Shapes in the Mist (Haiku) | Darkness of His Dreams

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Wings #Haiku | Lemon Shark Reef

Peeping Tom – Playing with words

The Ending – A Tanka & A Senryu – colleenchesebro.com

Don’t FORGET! If you are selected as my Poet of the Week, your poem will also be featured in my bi-monthly newsletter.


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This week’s Poet of the Week is Willow, from her blog, WillowDot21. I really enjoyed her take on the prompt words in her Haiku and Tanka. We know her first poem is a Haiku because she’s written about nature. Her Tanka is also correct because she has written in the first person which is mandatory. Also, I was impressed with her creativity using the four horsemen of the Apocalypse as the subject of her poem. Excellent! <3

Haiku Autumn

Autumn brings cold mist

Melding colour and all shape

Soft and all mellow.


Mist and Shape :  Tanka

I watched in silence

Four shapes approached through mist

Clad black on horseback

Horsemen of Apocalypse

I was rooted to the spot.

©2017 WillowDot21

Here are the two words for this week’s challenge: GHOST & HAUNT

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


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. Terrific offerings from Willow, Colleen. I’m not ready to let go of Halloween yet. 😉
    I know you’re giving your best NaNoWriMo roar! Hugs.

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  4. Loved your cinquain, Colleen. I decided to come out of my comfort zone and try one out also. The last time was high school. https://odaciuk.wordpress.com/2017/10/13/colleens-weekly-poetry-tuesday-challenge-54-ghost-haunt-cinquain/

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  8. Had fun this week. And here it is:


    Have a lovely break and best of luck with NaNo! 🙂

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  13. Hi Colleen, I tried a Cinquain this time, lots of fun with this style. http://teandpaper.ca/2017/10/11/cinquain-ghosts-and-haunt/

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  15. https://methodtwomadness.wordpress.com/2017/10/11/haunted/
    Halloween is coming! Thanks for the spooky prompt.

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  19. hi Colleen, here’s my haiku for this week 🙂
    xo PS

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  23. Hello Colleen- Here is mine for this week! Hope you are having a beautiful day. https://charmedchaos.com/2017/10/10/haiku-double-lady/

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  25. Didn’t go for the scary twist…but another type of haunting…;)

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  27. Hi Colleen here are my two entries, a Tanka and my first ever attempt at a Senryu. 💜💜

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  30. http://wp.me/p4ayEo-2rY My short link in case the ping back doesn’t work

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  33. The words are very appropriate for this time of year, so, of course, I decided to ignore the cultural significance of October and ghosts/haunting, and went a different way with it. 😉 I hope you enjoy! https://trentsworldblog.wordpress.com/2017/10/10/the-haunting-you-haibun/

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  35. Our team is interested in doing advertisement of poetry challenge November. You can check our blog too https://bleedingthoughtsweb.wordpress.com. We promise to fulfill this responsibility as best as we can.

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  37. I hope you find someone to take over, Colleen. I’m going to try NaNo again this year.

  38. I am interested ….have a look at my blog , you will find a lot of good poetries there !!

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