Colleen’s #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge Recap No. 103, “Fall & Try”, #SynonymsOnly


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: 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. ❤

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This week, I’ve chosen Hélène Vaillant from Willow Poetry as the Poet of the Week. Her Etheree Poem, Safe, inspired me to add this form to our challenge.




Fishing quay

Dog undertake

Reflexive rescue

Child in water current

Canoe capsized at rapids

Fido with a foot in his mouth

Child bobs up head first, wailing ensue

Coast Guards warmly envelop dog and child

© 2018 Hélène Vaillant

My second Poet of the Week is Jane Dougherty, from Jane Dougherty Writes, for her Etheree Poem, Silver-faced Summer Ends.

Silver-faced Summer Ends


After the Equinox – #Haiku #Tanka | Trent’s World (the Blog)

Smorgasbord Poetry – #Haiku in response to this week’s Colleen Chesebro Poetry Challenge… | Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

Poetry can be a Bleeding Heart – Sharing With Others –

Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challenge Fall & Try | Annette Rochelle Aben

A Cinquain: Nature’s Way – The Abject Muse

Safe | Willow Poetry

Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka Challenge #103 – Fall & Try #MicroPoetry | But I Smile Anyway…

Haiku with a Little Help (from my Friends) | loristory

Arise – thehouseofbailey

Seasonal Transitions: a #TankaTuesday #tankaprose (9/25/18) – Frank J. Tassone

Firstcry#Tanka poem – My pen

crisp – Word Florilegium

Endeavour | Sue Vincent’s Daily Echo

Judgement of Hearts – a Senryu – Let Me Tell You the Story of…

Tanka Tuesday: Fall and Try – Jane Dougherty Writes

Anew – Tanka | thoughts and entanglements

3 Weeks on… | Mucky Boots and Flawless Paws

Orange Sunset! | radhikasreflection

Autumn Rhapsody | like mercury colliding…

Senryu: Never Give Up | The Dark Netizen

Tapestry – Charmed Chaos

Tanka Tuesday – Honesty | Twenty Four

differences merge | method two madness

“Slip into Mabon,” An Etheree Poem | Colleen Chesebro ~ The Fairy Whisperer

Colleen’s Poetry Challenge – Fall & Try | The Showers of Blessings

Friday Fun Poetry Challenge: Fall and Try | Abbie’s Corner of the World

slip to attempt – syncwithdeep

Poetry Friday | The Writer Next Door|Vashti Q

Thoughts While Walking a Loop at Red Bank Battlefield Park – Yesterday and today: Merril’s historical musings

Poetry Challenge ~ A Chronical Of Hope

Autumn Leaves|D.G. Kaye


Silver faced Summer Ends|Jane Dougherty Writes

Splash of Autumn|Stuff and What If

Sitting with the birds We had such a great response to the challenge this week. Thanks for participating. Happy Poetry Writing! <3



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. Great entries sis 😍

  2. Wonderful poems, Colleen! x

  3. Wow, so many responses!! Wonderful to see 😊

  4. Thank you, Colleen! I’m pleased you liked the etheree 🙂

  5. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord Blog Magazine and commented:
    I ventured into uncharted territory last week and plucked up the moxy to enter Colleen Chesebro’s Poetry Challenge which goes out every Tuesday… it is addictive… can’t wait until tomorrow…. you will find links to the participants and some special mentions. #recommended

  6. Excellent entries, Colleen! Have a great week ahead.

  7. What a new version of style. I think this is really hard work, always remembers me on mathematics. 😉 Well done indeed. Best wishes, Michael.

  8. Lovely… Sharing!

  9. I can feel autumn in the air! A colorful group. (K)

  10. Thank you so much Colleen. You did a fabulous Etheree on your prompt this week. Now you are the one who inspires me. Jane D. also wrote an incredible Etheree. We all have many syllabic poetry forms to choose from… isn’t great to have fun while we learn.

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