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Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 65: AMBITION & CHANGE (#SynonymsOnly)


Hi! I’m glad to see you here. Are you ready to write some poetry?

HERE’S THE CATCH: You can’t use the prompt words! SYNONYMS ONLY!

I hope you will support the other poets with visits to blogs and by leaving comments. Sharing each other’s work on social media is always nice too.

Learn about American Poet – Robert Frost

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 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 work.

The main idea behind my sponsoring of 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.

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 IRONY present. Click the link to learn the meaning of irony.

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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. Choose synonyms from those words for your poetry. You, the poet, now have more control over the direction of your writing. Follow the rules carefully. Don’t use the prompt words.

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 #Senryu, #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:


Savoir-Faire – Reena Saxena 

#TANKA TUESDAY POETRY CHALLENGE #Haiku #Senryu #64: Expreience & New | But I Smile Anyway…

Season’s Greetings – Jane Dougherty Writes

Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challenge Experience & New | Annette Rochelle Aben

Tanka — Rock Steady | Life in Portofino

The Unfettering – Zander In Print

Colleen’s Tanka Tuesday Challenge No.64 | willowdot21

Passing… | Sue Vincent’s Daily Echo

#Tanka Tuesday (December 26, 2017)…O Holy Night: A #tankaprose for Colleen+Kiwinana’s challenges #haiku #poetry #Christmas

New…Experience – A Senryu | like mercury colliding…

When the World Was Young – #tanka #haibun | Trent’s World (the Blog)

Snow-Covered Trees – Smell The Coffee

“Neoteric Thoughts,” A #Tanka #ABRSC | Colleen Chesebro✨The Fairy Whisperer✨

Colleen’s Tanka Tuesday: New & Experience – Afterwards

Snow Angels | thoughts and entanglements

Anticipation: Tanka | Yesterday and today: Merril’s historical musings

Cinquain: Master – tea & paper

100th post – Bilocalalia 

#Tanka: Succumb | Charmed Chaos

Colleen’s Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challenge #64: Experience & New ( Synonyms Only) | Stuff and what if…

Colleen’s weekly Tanka Tuesday poetry challenge #64 Experience & New (synonyms only) Bobfairfield.org

Experience & New – MethodTwoMadness

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

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Our POET OF THE WEEK is Michael, from his blog called, Afterwords. Michael said:

“I don’t take many things seriously as you probably know but I am going to make a concerted effort to do Colleen’s challenges properly.  I have scant regard for the correct use of haiku and often do such beastly things to them but I think it is also important to show appreciation for the little blighters because they are so fabulous when done right.”

“This week the challenge was to use synonyms for NEW and EXPERIENCE.  I used FRESH and ENCOUNTER.  And it’s about change so that is another box ticked, and it is in the first person so I am thinking I have the structure and subject just about nailed at least.”

Dark gives way to light

Each morning fresh encounter

eternal routine

Bleary-eyed I greet the day

a moment in time passing

© 2017 Michael, Afterwards

I copied my comment from Michael’s blog to share with you all:

Well done! I loved your introduction. I believe that if we want to call ourselves, poets we should honor those that came before us by writing the stuff correctly! LOL! Now, your Tanka speaks of all kinds of things: impermanence, how you are living in the moment, and how time marches on whether we like it or not. See the power of your words? Even your first line is reminiscent of the main Star Wars theme of dark and light how they are forever intertwined – can’t have one without the other. ❤

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


HAPPY NEW YEAR – Make it your best year, yet!



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. Hello! I wrote a haiku to your challenge! Check it out.

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  3. I’m quite nervous about this one , and this is my first time .
    here’s the link to my entry –

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  6. Thank you for the challenge, Colleen. Just in case the gods of technology are on vacation:

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  9. Hello Colleen- Just checking in- glad to see my pingback worked! I have had a bit of a time with my blog- and working with WP on it….

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  11. A remorseful reminder of a night on the town My Short link https://wp.me/s3ZFSi-regrets

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  17. Happy New Year, Colleen. It’s a snowy morning here in New Jersey!
    I did a Haibun this week. https://merrildsmith.wordpress.com/2018/01/04/new-years-doorways-haibun-quadrille/

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  21. I did a senryu since it’s one of the forms listed. Change/ambition fits great with reassessing goals and creating new ones in this New year’s resolutions season.
    Senryu : change & ambition http://cactushaiku.com/senryu-change-ambition/

  22. Thanks for sharing my last post, Colleen. Here’s a link to my latest challenge entry!

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  24. Hi Colleen, Happy new year! This week I tried another style, hope you like it.

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  26. https://wp.me/p4ayEo-2CQ My short link, in case the ping back does not work

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  30. Got some wonderful synonyms this week. 😊 https://katmyrman.com/2018/01/02/desideratum/

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  34. My ambition is to change what I wrote into a better poem 😉 Here is this week’s entry: https://trentsworldblog.wordpress.com/2018/01/02/can-you-spare-some-change-this-new-year-tanka/

  35. Wishing you a very Happy and healthy New Year Colleen . Great prompts to start the year.
    Here is my entry.

  36. Hi Colleen, Happy New Year . Great words to start the year 💜💝

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