Colleen’s Weekly #Poetry Tuesday Challenge Recap & A Month of November Poetry Prompts

Happy Halloween


I’ve had a brilliant idea concerning the poetry challenge for November 2017. Today, I will give you five weeks’ worth of prompt words. (I won’t be doing another post until December 5th so that I can participate in NanoWritMo). That way you can still carry on with your poetry.

BUT HERE’S THE CATCH: For the entire month of November, you can’t use the prompt words! You MUST use a synonym!

Have fun and please support the other participants in the challenge by commenting and sharing their work. <3





11/14: SMELL & COZY



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.

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

The main idea behind my sponsoring this challenge is to help everyone learn how to write various forms of poetry. Remember, if you are sending 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:

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 removed. 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 – 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 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. Remember – I’m participating in Nanowritmo and all comments on my blog must be approved before they appear. Be patient. I’ll go through everything in the evenings. <3

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. It’s not mandatory:


Nature – Reena Saxena

Voodoo – Poetry by Sarah

Colleen’s Weekly #Poetry Tuesday Challenge: EERIE & COSTUME #Haiku #Senryu #Cinquain | But I Smile Anyway…

Colleen’s Weekly #Poetry Tuesday Challenge: EERIE & COSTUME – Mick E Talbot Poems

Costumes – #Tanka | Trent’s World (the Blog)

Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Prompt Eerie & Costume | Annette Rochelle Aben

Colleen Chesebro Weekly Haiku Challenge. 24/10/17 | willowdot21

Poetry Tuesday: Haiku – Jane Dougherty Writes

War Paint | like mercury colliding…

Reverend Zombie – Smell The Coffee

Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge – It’s the Costume – The Bag Lady

#Tanka Tuesday 10/24/17…as Halloween comes… – Frank J. Tassone

thoughts and entanglements

Haibun – Eerie & Costume | radhikasreflection

Bite | Sue Vincent’s Daily Echo

#Tanka: Guise | Charmed Chaos

Haiku – The Orange & the Black – CroneChronicler

Cinquain: Eerie & Costume – tea & paper

graveyard drive (tanka #17) – Stories

Wind Sighs of Dreams: Haibun | Yesterday and today: Merril’s historical musings

Witching Hour – In Emma World

Colleen’s Weekly #Poetry Tuesday Challenge: EERIE & COSTUME | M J Mallon Author

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

Sign-up HERE.

This week’s Poet of the Week is Story Teller from their blog, Stories. Graveyard drive (tanka #17), was the perfect Halloween Tanka. Although, that wasn’t the main reason I selected the poem. I especially liked the way the Tanka told a story. It put the reader in the middle of the scene, and your five (maybe six) senses exploded with spooky mind images from the words used. Well done.

graveyard drive (tanka #17)

crossing the graveyard

there is an eerie silence

moonlight casts shadows 

veiled behind the ensemble

sending shivers down the spine

 ©2017 StoryTeller

See you in December! <3

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. Thank you lovely Colleen!
    Good luck with #NaNo!
    Are we to link all the five posts back to this one then?

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  4. Good luck and enjoy NaNoWriMo, Colleen. Thank you for the prompts! 🙂

  5. Pingback: Colleen Month of November Poetry Prompts – The Militant Negro™

  6. Great idea, Colleen. All the best with your November writing.

  7. Pingback: Chill… | Sue Vincent's Daily Echo

  8. Pingback: #Tanka Tuesday #1 10/31/17…Fright and Night this #Halloween… – Frank J. Tassone

  9. Pingback: Colleen Chesebro’s Weekly Haiku,Tanka and Haibun Challenge 31/10/17. Night Fright. | willowdot21

  10. Well now.. this is going to be some kind of fun! Write like it’s all you ever wanted to do and we’ll be right here, waiting… <3

  11. Pingback: Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge Fright & Night | Annette Rochelle Aben

  12. My short link in case the ping back doesn’t work

  13. Pingback: Halloween – #Haibun #Tanka | Trent's World (the Blog)

  14. Pingback: like mercury colliding...

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  16. Pingback: WHAT’S THAT? | Sweet aroma

  17. Pingback: In A Twinkling – PrairieChat

  18. Here is my short link for Challenge 10-31-17

  19. Pingback: #Tanka: Fear | Charmed Chaos

  20. Pingback: Terrors in the Dark (Colleen’s Weekly #Poetry Challenge – #Tanka) | The Wolfe's (Writing) Den

  21. Pingback: Dusk (Haiku) | Darkness of His Dreams

  22. Pingback: Bright Skies – Smell The Coffee

  23. Pingback: Fall’s Joy – Cinquain Poetry | awisewomansjourney

  24. Fall’s Joy – Cinquain Poetry for November 7, 2017 Tuesday Challenge –

  25. Pingback: Colleen’s Weekly #Poetry Tuesday Challenge #Tanka – Autumn & Leaves | But I Smile Anyway...

  26. Pingback: Sunset Years – Reena Saxena

  27. Pingback: Let the Show Begin – Smell The Coffee

  28. Pingback: Fall… | Sue Vincent's Daily Echo

  29. Pingback: How You See it Matters – #Haibun #Haiku | Trent's World (the Blog)

  30. Hi Colleen. I hope NaNoWriMo is going well and that you are being very productive! Anyway, just in case my week 2 didn’t pingback correctly, here is my poem for this week:

  31. Pingback: Tanka Tuesday: Autumn & Leaves – Jane Dougherty Writes

  32. Pingback: Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge Autumn & Leaves | Annette Rochelle Aben

  33. Pingback: October (Haiku) | Darkness of His Dreams

  34. Pingback: Bound Together – PrairieChat

  35. I have no idea where my link went, but here is a short link to it

  36. Pingback: Splash of Color | thoughts and entanglements

  37. Pingback: #Tanka Tuesday 11/7/17…of Autumn leaves and Starlit Nights… – Frank J. Tassone

  38. Pingback: Haiku/Tanka – Autumn & Leaves | radhikasreflection

  39. Pingback: Colleen Chesebro Weekly Poetry Challenge 8th Nov 17. | willowdot21

  40. Pingback: Autumn Leaves | like mercury colliding...

  41. Pingback: #Haiku: Indian Summer | Charmed Chaos

  42. Pingback: Comfy Times – Smell The Coffee

  43. Pingback: Warmth – Reena Saxena

  44. Pingback: Colleen’s Weekly #Poetry Tuesday Challenge 14/11 Smell & Cosy | But I Smile Anyway...

  45. Pingback: Warmth… | Sue Vincent's Daily Echo

  46. Pingback: Home in Winter – #Tanka | Trent's World (the Blog)

  47. Pingback: Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge Smell & Cozy | Annette Rochelle Aben

  48. Pingback: Heaven’s Fragrance – Cinquain Poem | awisewomansjourney

  49. Pingback: Colleen Chesebro’s Weekly Poetry Challenge. Smell and Cosy. | willowdot21

  50. Pingback: Time – Storie Cantabile

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  52. Pingback: #Tanka Tuesday #2…the Wild Beauty of Street Art…#haiku #poetry – Frank J. Tassone

  53. Pingback: Gardenia Scent | thoughts and entanglements

  54. Hello Everyone,

    Here’s my entry for this week, hope all is well.


  55. Pingback: The Owl: Haibun | Yesterday and today: Merril's historical musings

  56. I’ve missed a couple, but here’s mine for the week of November 14. 🙂

  57. Pingback: Autumn Glow | like mercury colliding...

  58. Pingback: Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge- Smell and Cozy – The Bag Lady

  59. Pingback: Comfort (Haiku) | Darkness of His Dreams

  60. I loved your Tanka #17. It was very moody and the art was enhancing and enchanting, Colleen. 🎃

  61. Pingback: The Warm Scents of Autumn (Colleen’s Weekly #Poetry Challenge – #Tanka) | The Wolfe's (Writing) Den

  62. Pingback: #Senryu (Double): The Roses | Charmed Chaos

  63. NaNoWriMo hope it is going ok for you, loved the tanka too!

  64. Pingback: Thanks – Reena Saxena

  65. Pingback: Gratitude… | Sue Vincent's Daily Echo

  66. Pingback: Still Some Warmth – #Tanka | Trent's World (the Blog)

  67. Pingback: Haiku: Thanks & Family – Jane Dougherty Writes

  68. Pingback: Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge Thanks & Family | Annette Rochelle Aben

  69. Pingback: Colleen’s Weekly #Poetry Tuesday Challenge Family & Thanks | But I Smile Anyway...

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  71. Pingback: Tanka for My Son | Darkness of His Dreams

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  73. Pingback: #Tanka Tuesday 11/21/17…of Stags, Gratitude, and the Challenge of family #haiku #poetry – Frank J. Tassone

  74. Pingback: acknowledging ancestry – Storie Cantabile

  75. Pingback: Happy Thanksgiving – Smell The Coffee

  76. Pingback: #Tanka: Blessings | Charmed Chaos

  77. Pingback: Kindred – Cinquain Poem | awisewomansjourney

  78. Pingback: THANKS & FAMILY | thoughts and entanglements

  79. Pingback: Two Views Of Same Path – Haibun Poem | awisewomansjourney

  80. Pingback: Limitlessness – Reena Saxena

  81. Pingback: Tanka: Plenty & Meander | radhikasreflection

  82. Pingback: Tanka Tuesday: Plenty & Meander – Jane Dougherty Writes

  83. Pingback: Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge Plenty & Meander | Annette Rochelle Aben

  84. Pingback: Treasures – Storie Cantabile

  85. Pingback: Colleen’s Weekly #Poetry Tuesday – Plenty & Meander | But I Smile Anyway...

  86. Pingback: Mirror… | Sue Vincent's Daily Echo

  87. Pingback: A #TankaTuesday (on a Wednesday) 11/29/17 special…On Winter Mornings and Abundant Wanderings…#haiku #poetry – Frank J. Tassone

  88. Pingback: Enough | like mercury colliding...

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