Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 100, “Poet’s Choice of Words”

Help Me Celebrate our 100th Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challenge!

Thank you for your participation!


Fall is in the air here in the mountains of Colorado and I saw snow on the mountain peaks Sunday morning. It’s my favorite time of the year and today is our 100th poetry challenge. How cool is that?

As a special treat, I thought it would be fun for everyone to pick their own words this week. 


PLEASE NOTE: This challenge is for Tanka, Haiku, Senryu, Haibun, and Cinquain poetry forms. Freestyle rhyming poetry is not part of this challenge. Thank you. <3

NotedPlease 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.

I sponsor this challenge to help 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 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 

This site even has a link so you can install the extension on Google Chrome.

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.


You have one week to complete the Challenge with a deadline of Sunday, 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 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.

I got this

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


I have also been sharing your poetry on my Facebook Page here: Please feel free to FOLLOW, LIKE, & SHARE from my page. ❤

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 fall

Have fun and write some syllabic 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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  2. Congratulations Colleen, I am joining your celebrations! I’m so happy and excite for you. Thanks for sharing this information and your blog give encouragement and inspiration to me. God bless you.

  3. Wonderful and Congratulation on your 100th Challenge!

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  9. And Congrats on your 100th Challenge!

  10. Happy to see your back up! Just in case the pingback didn’t happen:

  11. Wow! That is a lot of poetry indeed Colleen. Congratulations and thank you for all the inspiration, the encouragement and for being a deep well of knowledge that is always willing to share. 😘❤

    100th challenge accepted. Please see link below.

  12. I wrote this haibun (it is my second or third, so fairly new for me) for cancer sufferers everywhere, past and present. God bless them.

  13. Hi Colleen! Congratulations on your 100th Tanka Tuesday Challenge! It seems like just yesterday I read you were going to start this challenge and here you are at your 100th. Good for you. You’ve made this challenge a lot of fun with your enthusiasm and great support. Looking forward to 100 more! Thank you! This is my contribution this week: Have a great weekend! <3 xx

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  16. Here’s my entry! Used words “dear” and “distant” #synonyms only 😉

  17. Woot Woot. Wow Colleen. 100 poetry challenges. You’re amazing. Now I have to give this a go. 🙂

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  19. Thanks again, Colleen! Here’s my latest:

    Happy 100th!

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  22. I sent out my ping back a few hours ago then read your post you are not receiving them. Here is the link to my poem of today

    Hope you resolve your issues soon.

  23. Wow, Congratulations to 100th challenges! It’s been a long time. Thank you Colleen to be there week after week and challenge our creativity and have fun doing it. I’m taking a short vacation, hope to catch up when we return home. <3 <3

  24. Thank you Colleen we have always loved your prompts so far, you are a star . Here is to the next 100 anniversary.🌹🌹💜💜. Thank you so much .🌹

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  26. Wow! Time flies! (and we are having fun) (K)

    • I’ll say. When I started this challenge two years I never thought it would be this much fun. I love it! Thanks for being part of this great challenge. <3

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  28. Happy 100th Sis. You rock!!!!! Now I must think up 2 synonym buns myself LOL <3 xx

  29. Wonderful, Colleen! <3 Definitely an occasion to celebrate. Freedom of choice is interesting.

  30. Congratulations Colleen!!
    Here is my link for this week’s challenge

  31. My short link, in case the ping back doesn’t work <3

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  33. Wow! 100…that went by fast. Congratulations Colleen!!

  34. !00! Well done, Colleen. I’m jealous of your cooler weather. It’s still hot and humid in my area. Shared with my Twitter followers. 🙂

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  37. 100, that’s amazing well done Colleen. Our own words that’s a lovely idea, my head is buzzing 🙂

  38. Wow! Congratulations, Colleen!
    (We’re having near-record breaking heat here!)

  39. congratulations and celebrations Colleen for the 100th post. I am glad to be a part of your celebration. Here is my take on the tanka challenge. I have chosen Love and Rainbow- synonyms only

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  41. Congratulations. That’s a lot of poetry!

    • Thanks, D. We’re having fun! I’ve been blessed by all the creativity this challenge has produced. ❤️

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