Colleen’s 2018 #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 78, GROW & HONOR, #SnynonymsOnly

Welcome to Tanka Tuesday


Welcome! 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.



After some debate as to the best way for participants to vote for their favorite poem, I would like to give everyone the option to vote on the Monday RECAP post. That gives us all an opportunity to view the poems and make our selection. However, that means we will be behind in the results. I don’t see that as a problem if you don’t either.

So, on the Monday Recap post, we will see the voting results from the week before. For example, the Poet of the Week for this post will be voted on the April 9th Recap, and the winner announced on the April 16th Recap. That allows one week for voting. 

VOTING on each other’s poetry is optional. I don’t mean this as a personality contest. Instead, it should spotlight the poetry that speaks to your soul. A vote of confidence from your peer group is always a benefit to our creativity. <3

My long-range goals would be to compile a free poetry book (PDF, E-book) of all the winners once a year (if you want to participate). If you have other ideas, let me know.




Opportunities for Poets from Authors (subscribe for free)

Dime Show Review publishes fiction, flash fiction, ten-word stories, poetry, and essays, both online and in print. They are looking for literature that suspends doubt, writing that appears of its own accord and tells secrets we never suspected but always knew.

Dime Show Review is published three times a year in print, and online on a rolling basis. They accept submissions from February 1 through November 1 each year, and they respond to most submissions within two to twelve weeks. Authors who don’t receive a response within three months are welcome to query.

Authors of fiction may submit one complete story, 3,000 words or fewer. Authors of flash fiction may submit one story, 1,000 words or fewer. Dime Show Review also publishes ten-word stories. Authors may submit up to two of these, and they should be complete stories, exactly ten words each. Poets may submit up to two poems in any form, no longer than two pages each. Authors of nonfiction may submit one essay, 3,000 words or fewer. Submitting authors can read selections from Dime Show Review online to get a sense of their style.


The Pangolin Review is a new online poetry journal based in Mauritius and edited by Amit Parmessur, a poet who (of course) loves poetry. Their first issue was released this year on January 8th, and they plan to release a new issue every other month on the 8th, totaling six issues a year. The most recent edition contains work from around forty poets. They accept submissions from brand new, emerging, and established poets, and they publish poems on any topic (excluding subjects that are needlessly violent or unpleasant). You can read the journal online to get a sense of their style.

Right now, The Pangolin Review is accepting submissions for their third issue, to be published on May 8th. They respond to all submissions within two to three weeks, if not sooner.

Poets may submit up to three poems, no longer than 20 lines each. All submissions should be accompanied by a brief biography. Sometimes, The Pangolin Review will host guest editors. Submitting authors can check their website for announcements about these opportunities.

The Pangolin Review accepts submissions via email, not online or by post. They accept simultaneous submissions, but they do not accept previously published work. Right now, they are unable to pay contributors.

If you would like to learn more or submit to The Pangolin Review, please visit their website at


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 why 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.

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For Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge, you can write your poem in one of the forms defined below. Click on the links to learn about each 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 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 ALSO: Check out the Cinquain variations listed here: Cinquain-Wikipedia These are acceptable methods to use. Please list the form you use so we can learn from you. 

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.

haiku vs senryu

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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.

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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. The RECAP is published on Monday and will contain links to the participants.


How Long Do You Have and Your Deadline: You have a week to complete the Challenge with a deadline of SUNDAY at 12:00 P.M. (Noon) Denver time, U. S. AThis will give me a chance to add the links from everyone’s poem post from the previous week, on the Recap I publish on Monday. 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 Recap published each Monday.

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.

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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:

Life is likea cup of tea

Here are the TWO prompt words for this week’s challenge: GROW & HONOR

Have fun and write some poetry!

challenge accepted

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. Hi Colleen, I think I managed to post right on time! It’s been a busy week with the AtoZChallenge! Thanks for the prompt and challenge. I had some photos of an Iberian warrior I wanted to post about and your prompt words gave me the perfect excuse!
    Hope youre having a restful Sunday:)

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  4. Hi, Colleen, thank you for the challenge. I’m glad I made it on time. I have fun with my granddaughter. We may go to the Tulip Festival tomorrow. It would be my first time.

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  6. Hello Colleen- I opted to do a Butterfly Cinquain.

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  9. Thanks, Colleen. I’m happy to have found your site. Encouraging, and, a challenge!

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  20. A Tanka for you today Colleen. Happy Spring! 😊

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  22. Hi Colleen, Sorry I missed last week’s challenge – I was unwell. Here’s my contribution for this week. Your words really made me think hard this time.

    • I hope you’re feeling better, Suzanne. I wondered if you were busy. Get well, my friend. <3

      • It was a Chronic Fatigue Syndrome relapse bought on by stress. Luckily I saw the warning signs early and was able to get the rest I needed before it overwhelmed me.

        • Oh, no. We empaths all suffer from some form of this. I think of it as empathic overload. Meditate and get your center back. I’m sending healing light in your direction. So happy you caught it early. Many hugs. <3

          • Thanks Colleen. I agree with idea of my illness being energetic. I was diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue in 2009 and had a couple of very difficult years. Since then it has been a slow recovery. Relapses are infrequent now but September – December 2017 was rough.
            These days I use a combination of deep healing and cleansing meditations, time in nature, grounding exercises, lots of water and rest. It seems to work though sometimes it takes longer than usual to come out of the fog. 🙂

  23. I’m a little late getting in on the debate about voting but just wanted to say how excited I am to be given the vote. Not many dogs have that honour. I look forward to using it. Love Ben x

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  26. Hey Guys and Gals, here’s my attempt:
    I assume some sort of cinquain but having never created (pun intended) one before it probably doesn’t fit a perfected standard:
    Title: Genesis



    Devotion spent, seeds bloom;

    Belly ripens with faithful fruit.


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