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Colleen’s #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge Recap No. 99, “Change & Defy,” #SynonymsOnly

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Welcome to the Tanka Tuesday Poetry Recap featuring the work of poets from around the globe. If you would like to participate in this challenge, you can learn the rules on the menu item called Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Tuesday Guidelines.

PLEASE NOTE: Don’t forget to count your syllables. Use this site: howmanysyllables.com. Click on the workshop tab. Then, copy and paste your poem into the box, and click “count syllables” at the bottom.

For some, this challenge is a way to learn more about writing in English, even though it’s the American version. English is a second language to many of our participants.

I also understand that accent and inflection play a key roll in the way you say certain words and this will change the syllable count. Here is my compromise: Please try to get as close to the syllable count as possible when writing these syllabic forms of poetry.

This challenge is not for free-verse poetry. <3

Each week, I like to highlight a poet who I call the Poet of the Week, who has shared an exceptional message, or shown an impassioned creativity through words or form. Poetry is all about perception, so don’t be shocked if you don’t feel the same way about a poem that I do. ❤

Poet of the Week

This week, I’ve chosen Ritu as the Poet of the Week. I loved her upbeat Tanka poem and the clever way she used synonyms for the words change and defy.

Withstanding all elements
To switch persona
Caterpillars modify
Becoming brave butterflies

© Ritu 2018



Image Credit: AtoZQuotes.com


rise up – syncwithdeep

For Sister Earth Our Mother/Frank J. Tassone

Yet/My Forever Blog

No Change – thehouseofbailey

Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 99, “Change & Defy,” #SynonymsOnly | willowdot21

Change-Defy/But I Smile Anyway

Tanka Tuesday: Change & Defy – Jane Dougherty Writes

Finding a Comfortable Place – Let Me Tell You the Story of…

Elude Common #Cinquain #TankaTuesday #Poetry – Poems for Warriors

My Way Back #Tanka Tuesday “Change & Defy,” #SynonymsOnly – The Secret Letters to Timbo

Vision | Stuff and what if…

Revisioning | method two madness

“Searching for the Magic, A Double-Tanka | Colleen Chesebro ~ The Fairy Whisperer

Shifting – Yesterday and today: Merril’s historical musings

Change-Defy/Shower of Blessings

Revolution/Charmed Chaos

Phobia/Sue Vincent’s Daily Echo

Colleen’s Tanka Challenge/D. G. Kaye Writer

Pieces/Thoughts & Entanglements

Insight/Twenty Four


Do it See you tomorrow for our 100th Poetry Challenge Celebration!


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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    Refuses to let threats stop
    Its transformation
    Fulfilling evolution
    Surmounting all resistance


  3. https://2thinkis2be.wordpress.com/2018/09/04/threats/


    Refuses to let threats stop
    Its transformation

  4. Congratulations Ritu! Well deserved.

  5. Oh wow, 100th poetry challenge. Congratulations, Colleen. Thank you for all the work, I mean, fun for us. <3

  6. Congratulations, Ritu. Beautiful tanka, I love it. Happy birthday to you!

  7. Oh thank you sis! What a lovely birthday present for me to be chosen!
    And so many wonderful entries!!! 💜💜💜

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