Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 67 – Play & Guess #SynonymsOnly

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WELCOME TO TANKA TUESDAY!

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.


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 reason I sponsor this challenge is to help budding poets 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.

Cinquain

Cinquain instructions

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.

senryu v. haiku

Image credit: Pinterest.com

 Genius

(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.

thesaurus.com

For Synonyms and Antonyms. When your word has too many syllables, find one that works.

howmanysyllables.com

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.

THE RULES

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.

WRITE YOUR POEM ON YOUR BLOG as a post.

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.

 I got your back

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

IF YOU DO NOT HAVE YOUR TWITTER ACCOUNT LINKED TO YOUR BLOG – I WILL NO LONGER TWEET YOUR POETRY… THERE IS NO SENSE SINCE YOUR TWEET BECOMES PART OF WORDPRESS.COM AND THERE IS NO ATTRIBUTION BACK TO YOU.

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:

Tanka tuesday

HERE’S WHO JOINED US LAST WEEK FOR OUR 66th POETRY CHALLENGE USING SYNONYMS FOR THE WORDS: DESTINATION & GUIDE

The Guiding Spirit – Reena Saxena

Will I Get There? – #tanka | Trent’s World (the Blog)

Tanka Tuesday: Storm cloud – Jane Dougherty Writes

The Course – PrairieChat

Slivers of Spring | thoughts and entanglements

Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Tuesday Challenge No 66. Destination and Guide.  | willowdot21

Tanka – going ahead – tea & paper

COLLEEN’S WEEKLY #TANKA TUESDAY POETRY CHALLENGE #Haiku #Cinquain #Tanka #66: Destination & Guide | But I Smile Anyway…

#Tanka Tuesday (1/9/18): Low Winter Sun …an Ekphrastic #tankaprose…#haiku #poetry #photo/Frank J. Tassone

Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challenge Destination & Guide | Annette Rochelle Aben

Captain…not my Captain | like mercury colliding…

Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge No. 66: Destination and Guide | The Paper Butterfly

Roads… | Sue Vincent’s Daily Echo

“In the Zone,” A Tanka – colleenchesebro.com

O Captain! – Smell The Coffee

The Road Taken and Not: Tanka | Yesterday and today: Merril’s historical musings

#Tanka: Journey’s End | Charmed Chaos

Lost in Time | Stuff and what if…

#PoetryChallenge – Destination & Guide – Robbie’s inspiration

fortune | method two madness

Aspirations – Cinquain Poem | awisewomansjourney

poet of the week

Our POET OF THE WEEK is Willow, from her blog, WillowDot21, and her poem called “You Lead Me There.”

Tanka poetry should be written in the first person from the point of view of the poet. Willow’s poem reads like a whispered secret to a lover, and we, as the reader, get a glimpse of her true feelings. The last two lines in a Tanka are where we use metaphors and similes that should complement the first three lines.

“You Lead Me There”

I know you so well

You are showing me the way

Just holding my hand

Leading me to journeys end

Always there as my best friend.

© 2018 WillowDot21

If you need a brush up on writing a Tanka poem click here.

Here are the two prompt words for this week’s challenge: PLAY &  GUESS #SynonymsOnly

123017_1944_MyMostPopul1.pngIT’S TANKA TUESDAY! JOIN IN & WRITE SOME POETRY!

59 Comments

    1. Hi, Donna. I hope you will do a blog post and join in tomorrow with the new prompt. I’d love to have you. Instead of using the prompt words, we find synonyms for the words to write our poetry. Thanks for your lovely poem. ❤

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